Current News & Events

Seminar on Understanding and Applying God’s Word, Melbourne 25 June
Dr Tim Westbrook from Harding University, Searcy, AK conducted a Seminar on Understanding and Applying God’s Word at Belmore Road Church of Christ in Melbourne on the afternoon of Sunday 25 June. Organised by Klesis, the seminar ran from 2.00pm to 4.30pm and included afternoon tea. Session 1 provided guidance on how to read and understand God’s inspired Word and Session 2 concentrated on how to apply God’s Word to the contemporary world.

Women’s Spiritual Growth Retreat Marysville, VIC 23-24 June 2017
An overnight Spiritual Growth Retreat for Women was held on Friday 23 June and Saturday 24 June. Located at Marysville, VIC, the retreat focused on ‘Living Intentionally’ and the speaker was Dr Anessa Westbrook from Harding University, Searcy, AK. Forty five ladies from 9 congregations had an inspirational weekend of learning, worship and fellowship.

Understanding & Applying God's Word.pdf Womens Spiritual Growth Retreat.pdf

Klesis Bible Program, Module #5 - Melbourne 19 – 23 June 2017
The fifth module of the KBP on Advanced Bible Study Techniques was held at Belmore Road Church of Christ from Monday 19 June to Saturday 23 June 2017. The module was taught by Tim Westbrook from Harding University. Tim did a fine job teaching the principles of hermeneutics (biblical interpretation) and emphasised the application and relevance of exegesis for the contemporary church.

18 February 2017 – Klesis Re-connect Day, Melbourne
The annual Re-connect Day for a group of Klesis associates was held at Lilydale Pantry, Lilydale Victoria. The purpose was to pray, fellowship and plan Klesis activities for the next 12 months. 

Events - 2016
Marriage Enrichment Program (Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney) – Nov. 2016

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A series of Marriage Enrichment programs was organised for churches in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Led by Dale Hartman, the program was held at the Belmore Road Church of Christ (Melbourne) on Sunday, November 13, from 2-5.15pm, at the Holland Park Church of Christ (Brisbane) on Wednesday November 16 & Thursday November 17 at 7-9pm, and at Macquarie Church of Christ (Sydney) on Sunday November 20, at 2-5.15pm.

Marriage Mentoring Program (Melbourne & Sydney) – November 2016
Klesis also conducted a pilot Marriage Mentoring overnight residential program along with Dale Hartman and David & Christine Payne as facilitators. The Melbourne program was run on November 11-12 and the Sydney program on November 18-19.

2016 Asia Pacific Elders, Deacons and Spouses’ Conference,
Malacca, Malaysia, 26 – 28 July 2016.

Following on from the Perth Eldership Weekend convened by Klesis in November 2014, the Pasir Panjang Church of Christ in Singapore had taken on the organising role for a 2016 Asia Pacific Conference for Elders, Deacons and Spouses. The Conference was held in Malacca, West Malaysia, from Tuesday 26 July until Thursday 28 July, 2016.

This was just before the 2016 Asian Mission Forum which followed-on from 28 July to 1 August 2016, providing participants the opportunity to attend one or both events. Evertt Huffard from Harding School of Theology was the keynote speaker for both events.

2016 Asia Pacific Elders, Deacons and Spouses Conference 2016 Asian Mission Forum


Seminar in Church History
Melbourne 15 May 2016; Brisbane 25 May & 27 May 2016

A Church History Seminar was conducted on the afternoon of 15 May from 2.00pm - 5.15pm in Melbourne at Belmore Road Church of Christ. It was taught by Dr Keith Stanglin from the Austin Graduate School of Theology, Austin, Texas, USA. There were two sessions on the following topics: Session 1 – The Importance of Studying Church History; Session 2 – Persecution & Martyrdom in the Early Church.

A repeat Seminar was conducted in Brisbane at Holland Park Church of Christ on Wednesday 25 May and Friday 27 May from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.
See pdf downloads below for more details.

Church History Seminar - Melbourne Church History Seminar - Brisbane

Klesis Bible Program, Module #4 - Melbourne, 16 – 21 May 2016
The fourth module of the KBP is on Church History, with a special focus on the Restoration Movement. The module was taught by Keith Stanglin from Austin Graduate School of Theology.

Past Events 2006 - 2015

Teacher Training Workshop, Melbourne & Brisbane, October 2015
Klesis organised a series of workshops in Melbourne and Brisbane for children’s Bible class teachers. Our guest instructor was Mary Nelson from Tauranga, New Zealand. Mary is well known for her work in teaching Bible classes and provision of Bible class materials through her website ( Mary and her husband, David, are part of the Tauranga Church of Christ.

Klesis Bible Program, Module #3 - Melbourne, 17 – 22 August 2015
The third module in the KBP – on Luke-Acts – was well taught by Nathan Guy from Harding University. The focus of this module was the inspired writings of Luke and their key lessons for God’s people. Fourteen participants from six congregations attended the six day intensive.

Klesis Bible Program, Module #2 - Melbourne, 9 – 14 March 2015
The second module in the KBP – New Testament Story & Vision – was taught by Paul Pollard, recently retired professor of Bible at Harding University. Paul did a masterful job of sharing insights from biblical history and the New Testament text. He touched on key themes in Scripture and also shared unstintingly from his experiences as a preacher and church elder.

Klesis Strategy DayKlesis Strategy Day, Melbourne, 28 Feb 2015
This is becoming an annual gathering of a core group of Klesis associates in Melbourne to pray for one another and plan the Klesis ministry for the year ahead. Another great time of sharing, mutual encouragement and fellowship!

Church Survey2013 Survey of non-denominational Churches of Christ - Nov 2014
Given that our last survey was in 2010, we’ve undertaken another survey at the end of 2013 to track how non-denominational Churches of Christ are faring throughout Australia. The report of survey highlights is now available here.

Eldership WeekendEldership Weekend, Perth, 31 Oct – 2 Nov 2014
With the assistance of Malaga Church of Christ in Perth, Klesis convened a weekend retreat for elders and their spouses from among non-denominational Churches of Christ in Australia. Our guest speaker, Evertt Huffard (dean of Harding School of Theology, Memphis, USA), joined us for the weekend. Around 50 elders and prospective elders and their wives participated. Participants came from Queensland, NSW, Victoria, ACT, New Zealand, Singapore and Western Australia. The retreat allowed participants to reflect on what God’s Word teaches about the calling to be a shepherd in the Lord’s church. It also allowed time for mutual sharing of the challenges and blessings this calling entails. The feedback received was overwhelmingly positive.

Klesis Strategy DayKlesis Strategy Day, Melbourne, 1 March 2014
This is the second time we’ve invited a core group of Klesis associates to gather in Melbourne to pray for one another and plan the Klesis ministry for the year ahead. A wonderful time of encouragement, sharing and affirmation was had by all present.

Church Leadership Forum - July 2013
Having convened successful Klesis Forums in Sydney (2007) and Melbourne (2011), we’re pleased to have organised a Church Leadership Forum in Brisbane in July this year. The Forum was held at the Holland Park Church of Christ in Brisbane and we’re very grateful to the Holland Park congregation for the use of their premises during the Forum.

In association with ACCET (Australian Churches of Christ Evangelistic Trust), Klesis convened two back-to-back programs – you can view the materials for either of these event in our pdf downloads list to the right:

24-25 July 2013 (Wed-Thur): Spiritual Deepening with Dr Earl Lavender, Lipscomb University, USA.

26-27 July 2013 (Fri-Sat): Equipping for Change & Conflict with Dr Steve Joiner, Lipscomb University, USA.

Klesis Strategy Day, Melbourne, 2 February 2013
This by-invitation workshop brought together more than a dozen people associated with Klesis in order to pray for each other and plan the ministry of Klesis. We also thanked and honoured Trevor Baker who retired from the editorial advisory board of InterSections.

Church Leadership Forum, Melbourne, 6-7 May 2011

On 6-7 May 2011, Klesis and ACCET (Australian Churches of Christ Evangelistic Trust) convened a two-day Church Leadership Forum in Melbourne. Around sixty people from 17 congregations throughout Australia and overseas participated.

Church Growth Forum, Sydney 9-10 Nov 2007

In response to data from the 2007 non-denominational Churches of Christ survey, Klesis together with Macquarie School of Biblical Studies conducted a two day Church Growth Forum in Sydney on 9-10 November 2007.

Melbourne: "The Cross: Following Jesus in the 21st Century" 13-15 April 2007
What lessons can Christians in the 21st century learn from the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ? How do these lessons manifest in our daily living? Dale Hartman, a church elder and minister from Oklahoma, discussed these questions in a Klesis seminar held at the Belmore Road Church of Christ in Melbourne.

Melbourne: "Church Worship Then & Now: What Has Changed?" 9-10 June 2006
Have you wondered about how church worship has changed from the 1st century to our day? What lessons can we glean from the Scriptures and church history? Biblical perspectives on these questions were presented and discussed at a Klesis seminar with Allan McNicol from Austin Graduate School of Theology.