This five day course is for anyone keen to explore the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of cross-cultural mission alongside passionate students, pastors and mission practitioners. 

This course is for you if you want to:

  • Further understand the mission of God 
  • Develop practical skills for effective local and global ministry
  • Discern a call to cross-cultural ministry 
  • Learn and reflect before and after short-term mission experiences 
  • Be equipped in your ministry through meaningful professional development 
2020 program (subject to change) >>
Course Details:
  • The course runs from 20 - 24 January at Kew Baptist Church, Newnham Hall, 16 Highbury Grove, Kew VIC
  • Kew Baptist church is a short walk from tram routes 16, 24, 48 and 109 and a 20 minute walk from Glenferrie train station. 
  • Session times are 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Cost is $350 (inc GST). Global Interaction will email you an invoice. This includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch.
  • Students enrolling for credit contact Whitley college. Your subject fees will incorporate Global Interaction’s fee.
  • Soon after registration you will receive online access to pre-reading articles. If you are taking the course for credit, you will have access to the readings via ARK. Readings are compulsory for those seeking academic credit, and strongly encouraged for those who are participating for interest. 
  • Parking is available onsite at the KSR carpark, the Kew Baptist Church car park or on the streets nearby.
  • Kew Student Residence is next door to the church, and will be the venue for lunches for all participants. Those staying on site will have a single bed in a twin room (singles will have their own room). Mens and womens bathrooms are shared, as are the dining room and lounge areas. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included ($55 per night). See the website for more info.
Course Facilitators:
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 is the Global Interaction Consultant for Community Development and has a long history with Global Interaction. He and his wife Bethany served in both South Asia and South East Asia. John has a wealth of knowledge and experience in community development, including project design and building local sustainability. 

Walt is Global Interaction’s Consultant for Special Ministries. He and his wife Jeanine served with a team of Australians in South Asia and Thailand from 1977-1993. Walt is a natural story-teller. He helps Global Interaction teams and others to reflect deeply on the Gospel and on their cross-cultural living and interaction and enhances their understanding of local religious and cultural perspectives, strengthening their ability to communicate the message of Jesus.

Mark is the Director of Ministries and works with our cross-cultural teams to help them develop effective, authentic and innovative ways to engage people and communities and share the Good News of Jesus across cultural and religious divides. He is an ordained and accredited Baptist Pastor and has considerable experience in cross-cultural ministry among least-reached people groups as well as pastoral experience in the Australian Church. 

The team of facilitators will be joined by cross-cultural workers who will present case studies about current issues.


“We have no example of the work of God in this world except as embodied in a particular culture. If we learn anything from history, it is surely that our culture is fluid. So the people of God must not assume that the message of the first century or the message of the sixteenth century is appropriate for the twenty first century. While the love of God is the same, the Holy Spirit forms very different people in very different ways. The bottom line is that we will always need to help each other. Leaders will need a good dose of humility lest we commit the blasphemy of running a God franchise. Strategic Mission Week should check our vanity, inspire us to learn and be responsive to the breath of God in our day and in this culture.”
Jon Owen - Pastor and CEO The Wayside Chapel
“Looking for some help in reaching your local community with the restorative good news of Jesus? Wanting to help equip members of your faith community to better engage in mission in your area? Strategic Mission Week provides practical principal and tools to help church leaders sharpen the missional edge of their church’s engagement with the community. Every church leader would benefit by attending Strategic Mission Week.”
Keith Jobberns - National Director ABM and Crossover

Comments from past participants:
  • ‘I appreciated the opportunity to spend time with cross-cultural travellers and cross-cultured locals.’ 
  • ‘ It was an absolute blessing to hear from these faithful people of God, immersing myself more in the stories of Jesus, seeking ways to nourish my spirituality in different contexts’
  • ‘The case studies really helped put ‘feet’ on the learning’
  • ‘It’s incredible how many years of experience are represented in the room – what a privilege it was to be part of it!’
  • ‘This was so good, next year I’ll encourage others from my community to do it