Gospel Conversations

Led by Tom Tokura and Soha Fassaie

Have you ever wanted to talk to someone about God but either didn't know how to get the conversation started or were a little bit scared that you wouldn't be able to answer their questions about the truth of the Bible? We all feel this way from time to time. This course will provide you with:

  • skills to build the kind of relationship that can include conversations about faith,
  • help in understanding people and their perspectives on God,
  • some hard facts about the Bible so you can be assured that it is a reliable document.
  • Growing Healthy Relationships

    Led by Stuart Holman and Megan Webster

    This course will develop confidence and provide skills to grow healthy relationships across a diversity of situations: work colleagues, family members, mates, church and new friends. Key topics across our four weeks will include (i) communication skills and conversation building, (ii) conflict resolution, (iii) singleness and (iv) developing spiritual friendships.

    Raising Resilient Parents

    Led by Vanessa Hughes

    Raising Resilient Parents is a 4 week course developed by Lyn Worsley, director of The Resilience Centre and senior Clinical Psychologist with a background in nursing and teaching. The course is designed for parents as they face the challenge and joy of raising children. It helps them personally recognise their strengths and weaknesses, and helps the couple work on the strengths of their marriage to parent together. Parents who build their resilience, will have the skills and insight to parent together and help raise children who are also resilient. 

    The 4-week course is structured according to the following topics:

  • Week 1: Resilience
  • Week 2: Using Strength and Solution Focused Language
  • Week 3: Resilience, Attachment and Mental Health
  • Week 4: A Vision for your Family's Future
  • Discipling Children

    Led by Cath Ahern and Mel Bell

    Whether your own children, or grandchildren, nieces, nephews, step-children or family friends, be equipped to make a huge impact in their lives.

  • Week 1: Families. What does the bible say, about kids, about parents, about discipling, about disciplers?
  • Week 2: How do we disciple? (Part 1) Incidental Discipling - the Climate.
  • Week 3: How do we disciple? (Part 2) Intentional Discipling - the Weather
  • Week 4: What do I disciple with?. The resources at your disposal - including Kids Space and the wider church family.
  • Marriage Enrichment

    Led by Kirsten and David Scharkie

    This video based course is designed to strengthen “in-tact” marriages. Based around a new video series presented by Keith and Sarah Condie, couples will be encouraged to discuss topics in 1-on-1 conversations. “Building a Safe and Strong Marriage” draws on biblical truths and wisdom, as well as leading marriage research. These elements have been brought together for couples to strengthen and develop their relationships, through an Australian lens and a Christian perspective. Keep an eye out for some cameos from members of St Andrew’s!

    Book Club

    Over four weeks this group will discuss two books. The first two weeks will discuss Leigh Sales’, Any Ordinary Day. After years of interviewing people on their very worst days, and spurred by a series of shocks that had rattled her own (previously charmed) life, the author sets out to explore resilience. Although not a specifically Christian book, many of the subjects describe their faith and its significance in making it through some very challenging situations.

    The second two weeks will discuss Francis Chan’s, Letters to the Church. The author has had an interesting journey. Just a few years ago he was pastoring the growing and thriving Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, California. He was in demand as a speaker and received invitations to preach at the biggest churches and conferences. Then, rather suddenly, he announced he would be leaving his church. This book discusses his reasons for leaving and what life in a church could look like if it took seriously the bible’s teaching on the topic.