Animate Summit | Paul Cameron's Reflections

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

It all started on a whiteboard, in one of the meeting rooms at Fairfield, late last year. Six months later the 2017 CCVT Animate Summit is ‘done and dusted’. Looking back, we pretty much fulfilled the hopes and aspirations rather messily sketched out on that whiteboard.

In between the imagination and the actual event, a lot of work is carried out by the team at Fairfield. The team are to be congratulated for their creativity, hard slog admin. activities… and the writing of many emails and reminder notes about different aspects of Summit.

The feedback to the 2017 Summit has been very positive. Not counting those who attended the packed Celebration event on the Saturday, about half of CCVT-affiliated churches and agencies registered for Summit. This included several who travelled long distances from regional areas of Tasmania and Victoria.

There was a wide range of training electives on the Thursday, including an initial Safe Churches Awareness Workshop. Registrations for these electives, held at Grace church, were closed well in advance of the day due to demand, and limits of space. On Friday we gathered in the beautiful surrounds of Foothills Conference Centre at Mooroolbark. There were keynote addresses by Andrew Menzies (Stirling) and Sarah Backholer (Stirling/Frankston), and other input from Bekkii Scott and Laura Young (Boronia), CCVT’s alliance partner Kids Hope, CBM, and CCVT affiliate Ignite. CCVT’s Jay Sawyer led a panel conversation about ministry supervision with input from John Sharpe (Ringwood) and Clem Fung (Grace). On Saturday, we returned to Grace church, where 13 ministers were ordained at Saturday’s Celebration event, The Church Next Door was welcomed as a newly affiliated church, and the CCVT Inc AGM was held.

During the AGM an election was held for the CCVT Board. Both people nominated, Rick Wright and Tim Keating, were duly elected to the Board.

Much of the input over the weekend is available for downloading, including the Warmbrunn Address delivered by Andrew Menzies on Saturday.

—Paul Cameron, CCVT EO

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