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Conference Electives

The CMA Conference has seven elective sessions over two days, each with six or seven concurrent electives, making a total of over 42 electives. This program is subject to change.



Governance Fundraising / Generosity Ministry Staffing / HR CEO Forum (CEOs ony) Tax, Finance & Legal Other / Multiple Special interest for CHURCHES (but all are welcome!)

Tuesday June 4

Elective Session 1 - 11.40 - 12.40
Crisis Prevention, Management & Communication: being prepared for what you hope doesn't happen! (Lyall Mercer, Mercer PR) Boards Navigating Religious Freedom and Discrimination Law Challenges (Mark Sneddon, Institute for Civil Society) Seven Practical Tips for Stewardship Champions (Gary Hoag, Global Trust Partners) Four Generations. One Workplace. HELP!! (Michelle Farrall, TheFutureLeader Group)
External Conduct Standards – preparing your organisation (Rebecca Lambert-Smith, Moores) Resilience – coping in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex & Ambiguous) World (Adriaan den Dulk, Ansvar Insurance)    
Elective Session 2 - 1.30 - 2.30
Finding a Framework for Impact. (Tim Hanna, CEO, Compassion Australia) Panel: Critical Issues facing Ministry Boards (Panel led by Andrew Boer, Moores) The Power of Two: mastering the delicate dance between first and second chair (Allan Demond and Danny Hunt, NewHope Baptist Church) Discrimination & Freedom of Religion (Peter Wilson, Prolegis Lawyers)
IT Security – Easy to understand ways and cost efficient solutions to protect your NFP (Dave Cox, Daraco I.T. Services) Juggling life, leadership and love – in Business (Michelle Blicavs, Unique Leaders Network)    
Elective Session 3 - 2.35 - 3.35
The mission imperative: leading significant change management in commercial and purpose/faith-driven organisations (Ross Piper, Christian Super) CEO succession planning – a personnel, practical and legal discussion (Jonathan Green, Moores) Remissionalising the Church: Some learnings from a lifetime of involvement in large scale organizational change. (Dean Phelan, Uplift Centre) Fostering female talent in the workplace (Penny Mulvey, Bible Society Australia)
Historic child sexual abuse - the Redress Scheme & Civil litigation reforms (Alistair Macpherson, Corney and Lind Lawyers) Personal Finance for Christians and Ministry Leaders (Michael Blue, Ron Blue Institute)    
Elective Session 4 - 4.15 - 5.15
Conflict: a serious strategic risk to your ministry - and what you as a leader can do about it! (Bruce Burgess, CEO, Peacewise) Strengthening Accountability – Empowerment without Paralysis (Steve Kerr, CMA Standards Council) Transformational Leadership, We are in it for the long haul together! (Melissa Binks, HR Professional) Keeping Children Safe Today – Pastoral, Legal & Technological responses to Historic Child Sex Abuse in Religious Institutions (Paul Holdway, Lewis Holdway Lawyers)
Financial Reporting Update - Don't miss upcoming important developments. (Peter Shields and Jeff Tulk, Saward Dawson Chartered Accountants) Generosity in All Things (Michael Blue, Ron Blue Institute) Rethinking Retirement (Paul Arnott, CMA)  

Wednesday June 5

Elective Session 5 - 11.20 - 12.15
Building a Christian Workplace Culture – the highs and lows (Deb Adams, Compassion Australia) The Pastor, the Church Board, and the Kingdom Path (Gary Hoag, Global Trust Partners) Is your organisational culture matching your strategic goals? (Jeannie Trudel, President, Christian Heritage College) CEO Networking & Issues Tables
Leveraging new technology to meet Duty of Care obligations (Peter Baynard-Smith, dutyof.care) Managing property in church/mission contexts (Alex Milner, Prolegis Lawyers / Michael Byron, Hillsong / Emma Hodgson, Prolegis) Technology and the accounting function (Matthew Stokes, Saward Dawson Chartered Accountants)  
Elective Session 6 - 1.00 - 1.55
From the Chair, speaking to the CEO - What the CEO needs to hear (Panel Presentation, led by Steve Slade, CircleTree) Evaluate your CEO to enhance their performance, and relationship with the board (Jo Bradshaw, Chair, Baptist Union of VIC) Safeguarding your brand: copyright, trade marks & other intellectual property issues (Reshma Farrer, Lewis Holdway Lawyers) What does a Biblical Scholar, an Accountant, a Financial Planner, a Fund Manager and a Missional leader have to say about how Christian organisations should invest? (Panel led by Andrew Russell, Prime Value Asset Management and Gary Hoag, Global Trust Partners)
Growing a committed supporter base: Science, Art or simply Blind Luck? (Michelle Farrall, Janie Alcock, Clair Bonnor) Election Time: What to expect in post-election taxation (Stuart Cameron, KS Black & Co)    
Elective Session 7 - 2.00 - 2.55
ACNC Briefing and Updates (Suhanya Mendes, ACNC) Developing Your Ministry Board: diagnosing and fixing governance deficiencies (Anne Robinson, Jon Cheung and Seak-King Huang, Prolegis) Integrating Faith and Work in the local church. (Lindsay McMillan, Reventure) Burn Bright: Demystify burnout and buffer yourself and your team against it (Kystyna Kidson, The Psychologist Coach | Stress Mastery)
Connecting Gratitude, Accountability, and Generosity (Gary Hoag, Global Trust Partners) What Harvard Business School taught me about Culture that Can Change your Church or Organisation (Marg Perry, Kids Hope Australia)    
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Just some of the 350+ delegates already registered for CMA's 2019 conference.
National Networking Manager, Baptist Financial Services ~ Founder, Leader, Heart For Kids / LST Group ~ Chief Executive Officer, Christian Super ~ Executive Director Q4, CMA ~ Operations Manager, Acts Global Churches ~ National Director , PeaceWise ~ Business Manager, Anglican Parish of Dalkeith ~ Partnership, Watoto ~ Assistant Client Manager, EA Insurance Services ~ CEO, EA Insurance Services ~ Managing Director, Churches of Christ Financial Services Ltd ~ CEO, The Freedom Project ~ The Psychologist Coach, Stress Mastery ~ Executive Director, Pregnancy Problem House ~ Director, Baptist Insurance Services ~ National Director, Elam Ministries ~ Adminstrator, Jews for Jesus ~ Retired Board Member, CMA ~ Administrator, Bendigo Baptist Church ~ National Relationship Manager, ChildSafe ~ CEO, Benwerren ~ State Manager, Prison Fellowship Australia ~ Chairman, Genesis foundation ~ Business Development Underwrite Manager , Ansvar Insurance ~ Chair of Board, Clayton Church of Christ ~ Director, Corney and Lind Lawyers ~ Insurance Manager, Faith Insurance ~ Company Secretary, WEC International ~ Principal Advisor , P Excel Ministry ~ Key Relationships Manager, Hope Media ~ Partner, Saward Dawson ~ Treasurer, Wycliffe Australia ~ CEO, Wycliffe Australia ~ Project Manager, Entrust Foundation ~ Financial Controller, Compassion Australia ~ Executive Coordinator, Willow Creek Australia ~ National Director, CMA ~ Elder, York St Church of Christ ~ Operations Manager, Presbyterian Church of Queensland ~ Secretary, Clayton Church of Christ ~ CEO, The Gospel Coalition Australia Ltd ~ Board Member, One Voice ~ Chief Operating Officer , Morling College ~ Finance Director , SIM Australia ~ Chief Operating Officer, Korus Connect ~ Lawyer, Moores ~ Board Member, Riverview Church ~ General Manager, Eastern College Australia ~ President, Christian Heritage College ~ Partnerships & Communication Manager, Encounter Youth ~ Director - Business Development, ThankQ ~ Chair, Jews for Jesus ~ Chairman, Genesis Foundation ~ Manager Insurance Operations, Baptist Insurance Services ~ Deputy National Director, Power to Change ~ Associate Pastor, NewHope Baptist Church ~ Senior IT Manager, Compassion Australia ~ Victoria Chairperson, FamilyVoice Australia ~ Director, Baptist Insurance Services ~ CFO, Empart ~ Business Manager, Belgrave Heights Christian School ~ National Manager, AIRS ~ Partner Relations & Media Director, SIM Australia ~ Director, Steer Incorporated ~ Business Manager , Faith Christian Church ~ HR Manager, Bayside Christian College ~ Victorian Rep, Barnabas Fund ~ Financial Controller, C3 Church Sydney ~ Executive Pastor, City on a Hill ~ Human Resource Manager, CityLife Church ~ Company Secretary, The Gospel Coalition Australia Ltd ~ Chief Operating Officer, Empart ~ Major Gifts Manager, CBM Australia ~ Board Member, Gateway Baptist Church ~ CEO, African Enterprise ~ Chairman, Baptist Financial Services ~ Principal / CEO, BST ~ Executive Director, Institute for Civil Society ~ Manager, Saward Dawson ~ CEO, KIDS HOPE AUS ~ CEO, Mt Tamborine Convention ~ National Finance Manager, Fusion Australia Ltd ~ Managing Director, Blue Bike Solutions ~ Operations Manager, Entrust Foundation ~ Executive Director Ministry Services, Compassion Australia ~ State Director/CEO, Scripture Union NSW ~ Business Development Officer, Lutheran Super ~ Master of Leadership Program Director, Alphacrucis College ~ National Director, Mukti Australia Inc ~ National Treasurer, Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia ~ CEO, Bible Society Australia ~ CEO, Integricare ~ National Account Executive, Media Sales Australia ~ Research and Operations Manager, McCrindle ~ Director of Corporate Services, Vose Seminary ~ Communications and Operations Manager, The Freedom Project ~ CEO, Health Communication Resources Inc. ~ National Director, Interserve Australia ~ Director, Business Lighthouse Group Pty Ltd ~ Chief Community Life Officer, Morling College ~ Board Chair , PeaceWise ~ National Director, FamilyVoice Australia ~ Business Manager, Baptist Churches Western Australia ~ Senior Client Manager, EA Insurance Services ~ Chair, Baptist Union of VIC ~ General Manager, Bayside Church ~ Chair, Australian Not for Profit Accountants Network ~ Campus Team Leader, Power to Change Australia ~ Business Development Manager, Christian Super ~ Public Relations Secretary-Victoria, The Salvation Army ~ Practice Leader, Moores ~ Director, Saward Dawson ~ CEO, One Voice ~ Compliance Director, City on a Hill ~ Operations Support Team Leader, Stairway Church Whitehorse ~ Board Chairman, MMM Australia ~ Business Manager, Encounter Youth ~ Administrator, Willow Creek Australia ~ Human Resources Manager, Alphacrusis College ~ Business Manager, Crossway ~ Chief Executive Officer, Meaningful Ageing Australia ~ Senior Pastor, Victor Harbor Baptist Church ~ Assistant Pastor, HillSide Church ~ Finance Manager, Pingpongathon ~ QLD State Director, Global Interaction ~ State Manager, Ansvar Insurance ~ Office Administator, Benwerren ~ Executive Director, ISCAST - Christians in Science & Technology ~ Dean of Business, Alphacrucis College ~ Chief Executive Officer, Schools Ministry Group ~ Administrator, The Baptist Union of Tasmania ~ EA, Ansvar Insurance ~ Operations & Development Manager, Newtown Mission ~ CEO, Converge International ~ Operations Manager, Mission Travel/Selah ~ Senior Pastor, NewHope Baptist Church ~ Operations Manager, Alpha Australia ~ National Director, Assembly of Confessing Congregations ~ Church Engagement Manager, Christians Against Poverty ~ Director, Selah ~ CEO, Ansvar Insurance ~ Human Resources Manager, Compassion Australia ~ Business Operations Manager, Riverview Church ~ CEO, Focus on the Family Australia ~ Chair, Power to Change ~ Director , Baptist Financial Services Australia Ltd ~ Co-Founder, Togther Financial Services ~ Team Leader, Moores ~ Safe Church Compliance & Administration Officer, Presbyterian Church of Victoria ~ Interim Director of Mobilisation and Partnership Development, Global Interaction Inc. ~ Senior Pastor's Wife, Christian Life Assembly ~ Managing Director, Good News Unlimited ~ Partner, Saward Dawson ~ Acting CEO, Encounter Youth ~ CEO, Presbyterian Inland Mission ~ Technical Solutions Manager, Daraco IT Services ~ President, Global Trust Partners ~ Administrator, Austral-Asian Community Church ~ Human Resources & Recruitment Coordinator, Alphacrucis College ~ CEO, Christians Against Poverty ~ Finance Manager, Arrow Leadership ~ Chairman, Victor Harbor Baptist Church ~ CEO, Prime Value Asset Management ~ Partner, KS Black and Co ~ Chief Member Officer, Christian Super ~ Executive Principal, MST and Eastern College Australia ~ Communications & Fundraising Specialist, Alineado ~ Financial Adviser, Cornerstone Wealth ~ Executive Officer, Media Sales Australia ~ National Manager Commercial Lending, ACS Financial P/L ~ Solicitor Director, Prolegis ~ Special Counsel, Prolegis ~ CEO, Barnabas Fund (Australia) Limited ~ Executive Director, Katoomba Christian Convention ~ Support & Solutions Architect, Daraco IT Services ~ Legal Counsel, HammondCare ~ Founder, Unique Leaders Network ~ Relationship Manager, Compassion Australia ~ Board Chair, Medowie Christian School / Overflow Church ~ Relationship & Advocacy Director, The Freedom Project ~ National Administration Manager, Acts Global Churches ~ Finance & Compliance Manager, International Justice Mission Australia ~ CFO, Anglicare Tas ~ Accountant, Outback Futures ~ Campus Team Leader, Power to Change Australia ~ Marketing Manager, Empart ~ Business Officer, Australian Christian Lobby ~ Board Member, Arrow Leadership ~ CFO, Parramatta Mission ~ CEO, Compass Foundation (Australia) ~ Exec Pastor - Operations, Stairway Church Whitehorse ~ Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Diocesan Services ~ Administration, UNOH LTD ~ PA to National Director, CMA ~ General Manager, ACC International Relief ~ Senior Pastor, Australian Christian Churches ~ CEO, Light FM ~ Finance and Operations Manager, York Street Church of Christ ~ Board of Elders, Gateway Baptist Church ~ Relationship Manager, Baptist Financial Services ~ Director of Finance and Administration , BUV ~ CEO, 3pFinancial ~ General Manager, Prison Fellowship Australia ~ Business Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator, Christian Heritage College ~ Church Engagement Manager, Churches of Christ in Qld ~ Senior Associate, Macpherson Kelley ~ Registrar, Anglican Diocese of North West Australia ~ National Relationship Manager, Churches of Christ Financial Services Ltd ~ Director, Purposeful Practice ~ CEO, MMM AUSTRALIA ~ Archdeacon Emeritus , Anglican, FCCV ~ Director, rdl.accountants ~ Scientist/Speaker, Creation Ministries International ~ General Manager, Grace Communion International ~ CFO, Wycliffe Australia ~ CEO, Compassion Australia ~ Corporate Secretary, SDS ~ Relationship Facilitator, Compassion Australia ~ CEO, BFS ~ Communications Manager, Eastern College Australia ~ Ministry Assistant, Missions Interlink ~ Co-Senior Pastor, Living Faith Community Church ~ Executive Director, Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning ~ Director, What'sOn Consulting ~ National Director, ABM ~ Manager, Malyon College ~ CEO, Insight for Living ~ Operations Manager, Churches of Christ Vic/Tas ~ CEO, Pioneers of Australia ~ ReStore Manager, Habitat for Humanity Victoria ~ Business Manager, Northreach Baptist Church ~ People Manager, Crossway Baptist Church ~ Chairman, Integricare ~ Business Manager, CityLife Church ~ Co-Director, Uplift Centre ~ Board Chair, CMA ~ Director, Business Lighthouse Group ~ Principal, Cameron & Mills Financial Solutions ~ Board of Elders, Gateway Baptist Church ~ Melbourne Campus Director, Alphacrucis College ~ Safe Church Facilitator, Presbyterian Church of Victoria ~ Relationship Manager, Prime Value Asset Management ~ Chief of Staff, Australian Christian Lobby ~ Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Victoria ~ Lay Leader, Lighthouse Church Pattaya ~ Business & Operations Director, Interserve Australia ~ Account Director, Corporate Risks, Edgewise Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd ~ Business Manager, Christian Brethren Trust ~ Accountant, ACC International Relief ~ Board Member, Encounter Youth ~ General Manager, CCCVaT Ministries Ltd ~ Principal Solicitor/Director, Tri-meridian ~ Director, BFS ~ Director, CityLife Community Care ~ Business Development Underwrite Manager, Ansvar Insurance ~ CFO, Pioneers of Australia ~ Group Manager – Strategic Mission Development, Churches of Christ in Qld ~ COO, Sports Chaplaincy Australia ~ Principal, Lewis Holdway Lawyers ~ Business and Pastoral Care Coordinator, Christian Life Assembly Inc ~ General Manager - Church & Community Engagement, Churches of Christ in Qld ~ CEO, Daraco IT Services ~ Director, SafeMinistryTraining.com.au ~ Executive Assistant, The Leprosy Mission Australia ~ Executive Minister, CityLife Church ~ Managing Principal, Moores ~ CEO, Korus Connect ~ President, ICFM ~ General Manager, Faith Christian Church ~ CEO, Duty of Care ~ General Manager, Childsafe ~ Commercial Risk Manager , Ansvar Insurance ~ CEO, Nutrition Plus Enterprises Pty Ltd ~ Director, Baptist Financial Services ~ National Director, AEA Missions Interlink ~ Operations Manager, Discovery Church ~ Pastor, Reach Community Church ~ Board Member, Wycliffe Australia ~ Chair, Mt Tamborine Convention ~ Chief Executive Officer, Baptist Insurance Services ~ Co-Founder, Together Financial Services ~ Board of Elders, Gateway Baptist Church ~ Administrator, Edwardstown Baptist Church ~ CEO, Concern Australia Welfare Services Inc ~ Chief Executive, International Justice Mission ~ Chaplaincy Manager, Churches of Christ in Qld ~ CEO, Empart ~ Executive Pastor, NewHope Baptist Church ~ Communications Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity Victoria ~ CEO, Entrust Foundation ~ Senior Pastor, Clayton Church of Christ ~ Executive Director, CMA Standards Council ~ GM to Client Solutions, Ansvar Insurance ~ National Program Manager, Kids Hope Australia ~ Senior Pastor/CEO, HillSide Church ~ Executive Manager, Outback Futures ~ CEO, Halftime Australia ~ Consultant, Prolegis Lawyers ~ Engagement and Equipping Director, SU Victoria ~ Chief Financial Officer, Churches of Christ Financial Services Ltd ~ Director, The Future Leader Group ~ Finance Director, City on a Hill ~ Executive Director, Arrow Leadership ~ Financial Controller, Qld Theological College ~ Principal, Mercer PR ~ Director of Corporate Services, Global Interaction Inc. ~ Church Health Pastor, Baptist Churches Western Australia ~ Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Bible Society Australia ~ Relationship Manager, Compassion Australia ~ CEO, Reach Beyond ~ Head of Fundraising, Habitat for Humanity Australia ~ CEO, Fusion Australia Ltd ~ National Director, Steer Incorporated ~ Business Manager, Robert Menzies College ~ Director, Lewis Counsel ~ Advocate for, TWR360.org ~ Lawyer, Lewis Holdway Lawyers ~ Managing Director, Circle Tree ~ Board Vice Chair, Mt Tamborine Convention ~ Interim National Director, SIM Australia ~ Managing Director, Reventure Ltd ~ National Director, Power to Change ~ Principal Air Chaplain - Anglican, Air Force ~ National Relationship Manager, Faith Insurance ~ Legal Counsel, ACNC ~ Senior Associate, Prolegis Lawyers ~ Board Chair, Riverview Church ~ Audit Manager, Saward Dawson ~ Business Development Manager, ACS Financial ~ Client Manager, EA Insurance Services ~ Executive Pastor, Overflow Church ~ Director, Baptist Insurance Services ~ Cash Plus Portfolio Manager, Prime Value Asset Management ~ Relationship Facilitator , Compassion Australia ~ Speaker, Creation Ministries International ~ People and Culture Manager, Christians Against Poverty ~ Legal Associate and Assistant Company Secretary, HammondCare ~ Ministry Services Director, Gateway Baptist Church ~ Senior Risk Consultant, Ansvar Insurance ~ Business Manager, Schools Ministry Group ~ Australian Program Director, TEAR Australia ~ Business & Development Manager, CMA ~ Board Member, Schools Ministry Group ~ CEO, Belgrave Heights Convention ~ CEO, Christian Venues Association ~ Secretary / Director Administrative Services, QLD Baptists ~ Enquiries & Student Engagement Co-ordinator, Eastern College Australia ~ Business Support Administrator, Riverview Church ~ Administrator, TLC Church ~
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