On Saturday 21 September around 400 adults and children gathered for the annual Bishop’s Training Event.
This year, for the first time, we had a live-streamed event to a group of about 40 in Burnie and another 18 on King Island, and they participated enthusiastically! In Burnie this included some separate music and workshops.
In Hobart we filled the Hutchins School Auditorium (thanks to Hutchins for their great hospitality!), as hundreds of Anglicans from around the state gathered to praise God and be inspired and trained to make disciples of Jesus in Tasmania. The singing was fantastic!
The theme was based around the third of our Diocesan Vision Convictions – “Shaping disciples, by word, prayer and service.”
We heard an inspiring testimony from an 11 year old girl about how she lives out her faith in Jesus and the kids and adults learnt from Kristina Kettleton about jam donuts and our mission!
About 65 kids, from toddlers to teens had separate programs for part of the day, run by wonderful volunteers.
The adults were inspired by stories from different ministries, such as the church plant at Southern Beaches serving the community with garden clean-ups, or mentoring programs, to help make disciples, and the Subbies university outreach to subcontinental students reading the bible with hundreds of students from other countries and other religions.
Bishop Richard showed us from 1 Thessalonians how word, prayer and service are at the heart of our disciple-making, and Stephen Carnaby spoke about the usefulness of God’s word.
In the afternoon we had 20 different workshop options, including our interstate guest presenters Kylie Butler (Christian coaching Institute) and Wayne Chan (Digital Content Producer at Ridley College). We then came back together where Richard Condie asked us to put what we had learnt into practise – by being “doers of the word”.
It was a great day, and we were thankful to all of the volunteers who made it possible, and especially to God who produces the fruit we desire for His glory.
Videos of the keynote addresses and workshops will soon be available at www.bishopstrainingevent.com
Don’t miss out next year!
The 2020 Bishop’s Training Event will be on Saturday 19 September!