Watch our previous Tinsley Lectures below...
Presented by Bree Mills
Monday 9th May 2022
Micro churches, missional communities, and house churches are on the rise in Australia. As Australians seek authenticity and connection these more innovative forms of church seem to connect well, but, are they new? Isn't that the way the early church lived? Many movements have been born from small communities seeking to be conformed to Christ and love their neighbours, but where are they today? Will this movement in Australia last, or is it just the latest fad in church growth?
Bree Mills believes micro churches are going to increasingly become a part of the Australian church landscape. Micro churches are adaptable, lightweight, and lay-led communities that live out their missional identity in a particular network or neighbourhood. If we are willing to learn from biblical and historical examples, Bree suggests that micro churches can co-exist with existing churches, working in partnership to reach all the nooks and crannies of Australian society.
The Disappearing Evangelist
Presented by Steve Chong
Tuesday 12th May 2020
All around the church, we see pastors, teachers, and church planters, but where is the evangelist? In fact, what even is ‘the evangelist?’ Is it the preacher at a crusade, the leader of your church’s Alpha course or the person in the marketplace? How will the church enter this new decade keeping evangelism at the forefront?
These are questions that Steve Chong, founding director of the RICE movement, believes the church should be asking in order to carry out its mission today. The church is at crossroads, there is a harvest waiting and a church unsure as to how to harvest it. Is it new methods we need, a return to old ones, or something else?
Does the evangelistic rally still have a place in the Australian church today? In 2014, Eternity magazine even asked, “Is it time to give up on the big evangelistic rally?”
Defying this trend is the phenomenal success of the RICE Movement. Since 2002 they have been bringing people together at their evangelistic rallies in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Perth and now Sao Paulo (Brazil) with many more cities in the pipeline. Why is their ministry so effective? What does it tell us about the ministry of evangelism, the content of the gospel, and the needs and interests of young Australians?
The Bible in Australia
Thursday, 16 May 2019
Presenter: Dr Meredith Lake
We’re all pretty used to the idea that Australia isn’t a 'Christian country', but it is still a culture upon which the Bible has cast a pretty long shadow. Christian belief and practice have been here since the First Fleet arrived. Today, references to biblical phrases (“my brother’s keeper”) and allusions to Bible teaching (“Do unto others…”) are commonplace. But, as we saw in the same-sex marriage debate, no one wants to hear the Bible quoted authoritatively in public debates.
Based on her award-winning book, The Bible in Australia, Dr Lake presented the historical 'backstory' to where we are at with the Bible now, with a view to exploring the best uses of the Bible in public discourse and political debate.
2018 - Reclaiming Community: Mission, Church & Aboriginal Wisdom - Brooke Prentis
Reclaiming Community: Mission, Church and Aboriginal Wisdom
Presented by Brooke Prentis
Monday, 26 March 2018
2018 ANNUAL LECTURE BOOKLETDOWNLOAD
2017 - The Joy of the Gospel - From a Theology of the Balcony to a Theology of the Road - Dr Cathy Ross
The Joy of the Gospel - From a Theology of the Balcony to a Theology of the Road
Presented by Dr Cathy Ross
Wednesday 24th May 2017
2017 ANNUAL LECTURE BOOKLETDOWNLOAD
2016 - Uncommon Good: Peaceable Dialogue for Partisan Times - Dave Benson
Uncommon Good: Peaceable Dialogue for Partisan Times
Presented by Dave Benson
2016 ANNUAL LECTURE BOOKLETDOWNLOAD
2015 - Prayer as a Weapon: Clasped Hands as Nonviolent Uprising - Matt Anslow
Prayer as a Weapon: Clasped Hands as Nonviolent Uprising
Presented by Matt Anslow
2015 ANNUAL LECTURE BOOKLETDOWNLOAD
2014 - Gender: Being Missional and the Reign of God - Rev. Dr Karina Kreminski
Gender: Being Missional and the Reign of God
Presented by Rev. Karina Kreminski
2014 ANNUAL LECTURE BOOKLETDOWNLOAD
2013 - Preaching to the Birds? The Mission of the Church to the Creation - Dr Mick Pope
Preaching to the Birds? The Mission of the Church to the Creation
Presented by Dr Mick Pope
2013 ANNUAL LECTURE BOOKLETDOWNLOAD
2012 - Everyday Theology in the iWorld - Dr Justine Toh
Everyday Theology in the iWorld
Presented by Dr Justine Toh
2012 ANNUAL LECTURE BOOKLETDOWNLOAD
Copies of these lectures are available in written form by contacting Morling college.
2011 – How Dirty are the Hands and Feet that follow Jesus, by Jon Owen, Urban Neighbours of Hope, Sydney.
2010 – Lost in Salvation, by Michael Duncan, Alongsiders, Auckland.
2009 – Following Jesus into Suburbia, by Dr Simon Carey Holt, Whitley College, Melbourne.
2008 – Fitting into the Triune God’s Missional Plot, by Mary Fisher, Sydney Chinese Alliance Church, Sydney.
2007 – Mission After Christendom, by Dr Stuart Murray Williams, Anabaptist Network, Bristol.
2006 – Mission as Cultural Subversion, by Dr Vinoth Ramachandra, International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, Sri Lanka.
2005 – Promoting the Gospel, by Dr John Dickson, Centre for Public Christianity, Sydney.
2004 – Old Stories, New Directions, by Mary Evans, London School of Theology, London.
2003 – A Cross Cultural Missions Approach for the West, by Dr James Chancellor, Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville.
2002 – The Holy Love of God and the Mission of the Church, by Rev Peter Corney, Institute for Contemporary Christian Leadership, Melbourne.
2001 – Christianity in Three Crucial Dimensions, by Professor Charles Kraft, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena.
2000 – Missional Leadership, by Alan Hirsch, Forge Missions Training Network, Melbourne.
1999 – Mobilising the Local Church for Global Outreach, by Paul Borthwick, Development Associates International, Boston.