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Restoring Brokenness

Submitted by on June 2, 2011 – 1:26 pm

I’ve kicked the conference habit.  There was a day when I couldn’t get enough of them. But there’s only so many variations on the theme of ‘Fire’ one man can take, or only so many megapastors with churches the size of small australian town you can take before your already low self esteem bottoms out. However, I’m about to relapse, thanks to Enfield Baptist Church.  This year’s Lifewell Conference – Restored 2011, builds on the strengths of the established annual conference.  The guest list and topics are quite unlike most conferences you’ll get to go to in Australia.

Senior Pastor John Beasy says

“If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here’ (2011 2 Cor 5:17). The first Christians believed that the implications of the resurrection were for the entire creation. They saw that the resurrection of Jesus began a movement to restore all things that were broken. God has restored; is restoring; and will restore, renew and reclaim all things

People everywhere – both those following Jesus and those hurting in our communities – need churches who embrace their call to partner with God in His work of putting ‘all things’ back together again. Churches of all shapes and sizes can become restorative communities that will effectively respond to the needs of the whole person with the good news of life through Jesus. But in order to be effective we need a plan… We need both the Spirit and a Strategy. Lifewell is one helpful and wholistic strategy in restoring lives through Jesus. This is where Lifewell Conference can serve you and your local church. LWC11 will be an inspiring 2 days & 2 nights empowering you to fulfil God’s design to live life well and equipping your church to respond wholistically to the needs of those around them. To champion this cause, we are excited to welcome back Steve Arterburn – best selling author and gifted communicator. He amazed us all with his humourous and inspirational stories and teaching in 2008, and he comes with a fresh and powerful word from God for you and your church in 2011.

LWC11 will again be led by the Lifewell Band in an inspiring celebration of God’s love and restoring power. Trained therapeutic masseuses enable you to receive healing touch during the breaks, bringing relief and relaxation to aching bodies. This is certainly a much loved part of Lifewell Conferences and a recognition of the concern of God for our whole lives – physical, emotional and spiritual.”

 

Keynote speakers this year include:

Stephen Arterburn the founder of New Life Ministries—America’s largest faith-based broadcast, counselling and recovery ministry—and is the host of the nationally syndicated “New Life Live!” daily radio program heard on over 180 radio stations nationwide. Steve is also the founder of the Women of Faith conferences attended by over 3,000,000 women. Steve is a nationally known public speaker and has been featured in national media venues such as Oprah, Inside Edition, Good Morning America, CNN Live, New York Times, USA Today and US News & World Report. Steve has written over 80 books, including the bestselling Every Man’s series.

Mark Sayers is a specialist on interpreting popular culture from a Christian viewpoint, Mark is founder of Über, a ministry focussing on youth issues and young adult discipleship. Leader of Red East church in Melbourne, Australia, an innovative Christian community reaching young adults, and author of ‘The Trouble with Paris’ and ‘The Vertical Self’ Mark is a highly sought after speaker on popular culture and faith.

Melinda Tankard Reist is a commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. Her third book is Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls, now in its third printing. Her forthcoming book, co-edited with Dr Abigail Bray, is Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry due for release in September.

A year ago Melinda initiated a new grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation, to expose corporations, advertisers and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services. Collective Shout has achieved significant wins against major companies, including Woolworths, Calvin Klein, Bonds, Harvey Norman and Myer, in its first year.

In demand as a speaker, Melinda is a regular guest on Channel 7’s Morning Show, and has appeared on Sunrise, ABC Q&A and The Gruen Sessions. A regular contributor to ABC The Drum Unleashed and other on-line opinion sites, Melinda is named in Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women.

View or download the Conference brochure here: LWC INDO6

 

 

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