Vic/Tas State Metro Conference 2019 – Christian Community Matters
July 15 @ 9:30 am - 3:45 pm$85
Professor Rikk Watts is the Dean of Theology for Alphacrucis Bible College. After 20 years in academic roles at Regent College, Rikk brings with him esteemed theological credentials as a highly regarded Biblical scholar, particularly in the Gospel of Mark, Isaiah, and the NT use of the OT. Rikk’s academic experience has included work as instructor at Gordon-Conwell (Boston), Wycliffe Hall (Oxford), La Trobe University (Melbourne), and the Bible College of Victoria (Melbourne).
Rikk’s other diverse experience includes training as an aeronautical engineer and working for a number of years with IBM in large retail systems engineering. He has undertaken degrees in philosophy, art history, and sociology, before eventually studying theology at Boston and Cambridge.
Rikk grew up in Melbourne where his family were active members of Richmond Temple (now called Bridge Church). As a young adult he became heavily involved in the ministry of Truth and Liberation Concern in Bayswater, including serving as a member of the staff team.
Rikk and his wife Katie have two adult children, Steven and Rebecca. In addition to an obsession with sailing, he enjoys movies, good restaurants, music, reading, and going for long walks with Katie.
We are excited to share an overview of the day in the following program. Please see the attached document for details of each elective workshop. We also request that you choose an second preference for each time slot in case your first choice fills quickly. We will confirm your designated places in an email by the end of Term 2.
Registrations will close Friday May 31, but to ensure we are able to allocate everyone to their preferred workshop, please register as soon as possible.
Please ensure you have your Principal’s consent to attend the conference before registering. Upon registration your school will be invoiced $85+GST.
|9:30am||Opening with worship, announcements, video highlighting school support staff, sponsor segment|
|10:05am||Keynote speaker: Prof Rikk Watts Why Christian Community Matters: How the Gospel gave us the Modern World
“Most of us understand the Christian ethical contribution to life. What is less well appreciated is how the gospel’s victory over antiquity opened the door to modernity. Christian school communities matter because, not only did their message unleash the most extraordinary intellectual revolution the world has ever known, but even more so they show us how to live well in that world. I’ll include here a story or two about non-Christians’ response to these ideas.”
|11:45am||Relational Schools Project (Measuring the Impact of Christian Community) session|
|12:45pm||Workshop Session A|
|2:15pm||Workshop Session B|
|3:00pm||Keynote speaker: Prof Rikk Watts What Christian Community Should Look Like
“Taking up the last part of the first presentation, the second will focus on some of the key biblical character attributes that should mark Christian communities if they are to function well.”
Step 1: Download these workshop summaries and choose either 1 x long workshop (with a Part A & B) or 2 x short workshops:
Please register here: