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It's Time For Revival! quarterly publication for acc leaders #3 2023 EMAG How Hungry Are You? Celebration Issue An Anointing For An Outpouring ACC23 CONFERENCE
'I will pour out My Spirit on all people.'
Joel 2:28

'... you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you ' (Acts 1:8 )

This special edition of ACC EMAG covers the moments, messages and memories from Outpouring, the ACC23 National Conference.

NEWS OUTPOURING 4 Celebrating ACC23 6 ACC Family Together 7 Honour & Appreciation 8 Celebrating 72 churches planted 9 Unity Around the Table 11 Business & Vision 12 Meet the New National Executive 13 Up Close & Personal with Ben Naitoko 15 Outpouring on the Generations 16 FEATURES THE EFFECTS OF AN OUTPOURING 14 by Wayne Alcorn ARE YOU HUNGRY? 16 by Ally Cawthorn IT'S TIME FOR REVIVAL 18 by Corey Turner REVIVAL IN OUR HOMES 20 by Joel & Sharon Chelliah GRACE TO RUN WITH THE KINGS 24 by Matt Heins AN ANOINTING FOR AN OUTPOURING 26 by Mark Varughese LOCAL CHURCH + MISSIONS 28 by John Hunt MINISTRY STREAMS 30 Missions 31 Community 32 Chaplaincy 33 Worship 34 Church Planting 36 Youth 37 Kids 38 TIPS TO HOST A GREAT EVENT 40 by Essie Blase RESOURCES ACC DIRECTORY 2023 43 Resources & Services For ACC Churches NEW RELEASES BY ACC AUTHORS 54
Celebration Issue

You were invited to join us at our ACC23 National Conference, and you came from near and far. It was the largest gathering of our pastors and leaders, with over 2,700 gathering in one place.

What an incredible three days together:

We sang our lungs out in praise; We opened our hearts in worship; We danced in celebration; We prayed fervently for those we love; We gathered around the communion table in a spirit of unity;

We honoured many heroes; We did business together; We laughed; we wept;

We had reunions with old friends; We received an outpouring from heaven; and We were anointed and commissioned to go out, to minister to others from our overflow.

We went home both hungry and full. Thank you to everyone who shared this time with us.

We hope you enjoy the memories and moments of ministry captured during ACC23 National Conference in this special edition of the ACC Emag.

6 Beautiful Worship Youth Alive Welcome ACCI BBQ Intimate Moments Reunions Making Memories Amazing Volunteers Communion
Celebrating ACC23

ACC Family together

There was a heightened sense of faith and expectation, when the ACC Family travelled from across the nation and the globe to gather together in one place. Here's what some of our delegates had to say:

' WOW! All glory to God! Thank you all for such an amazing conference I am so blessed to be a part of our ACC Family... came back refreshed and strengthened by the refilling of the Holy Spirit in my life.' – Sepora

'Thank you so much for making it all possible to gather delegates and visitors from our ACC churches across Australia, New Zealand and Asia (and beyond).

What an absolutely soaking time of the rich presence of the Lord in our midst in all meetings....God knows the intense hunger for more of Him and He loads the tables with all that we need to feast on for the next chapter of our lives. ' – Ian & Ruth Jack

'We love our home-grown world class speakers and the layers of input and engagement across the few days. We loved that Missions were represented centre stage and that the conference was a safe and closed environment. We loved communion with our Indigenous brothers and sisters. Celebrating 40 years of Youth Alive was a trip down memory lane. We loved male and female, young and old being represented; the creative presentations and dance and visuals and music. We loved meeting new people through the anointing oil opportunity. We were grateful for the breathability of the program. We are excited and prayerful and appreciative that the future is good because we serve an amazing Lord.'

Matt & Franca Heins with pastors from Romania John Hunt, Sean Stanton & Brad Bonhomme with PNG AOG leaders Steve Kelly praying on the opening night

Honour & Appreciation

Corey & Simone Turner, and Brad & Alison Bonhomme Gary & Judy Levens Military Chaplains National Leadership Cyril & Evelyn Westbrook Prayer for Paul De Jong David & Ruth O'Keefe

Celebrating 72 churches planted since ACC21 Conference

Agape Christian Church International

Amazing Grace Christian Assembly

Ascendant Church

Ava Le Tama Ministries Inc

Awaken City Church

BethelLife Church

Bridge City Church North

Calvary Christian Church - Brisbane

Calvary Pentecostal Church Inc.

Celebration Church International

Centrepoint Church - Taigum

Centrepoint Church, Singleton Campus

Centrepoint Church - Kwinana Campus

City West

Disciple House

Divergent Church - Port Macquarie

Divine Restoration Church Noble Park

Ekklesia Full Gospel Church

Encompass Church Craigieburn

Este Camino (International Center of Integral)

Every Nation Melbourne North East

Everyone Church

Faith Alive - Dream Centre Cairns

Faith Alive - Dream Centre Northside

FaithLife Church

Father's House Sydney

Fire Church - Sunshine Coast

Flow Church

Forward Church - Townsville

Fountaingate Ministries

Free Pentecostal Church of Australia

Freedom Christian Co.

Gateway Assembly of God Incorporated

Globalheart Church Melbourne

Glow Church - Sutherland

God's House of Love

Grace of Galilee

Highway Church - Nanango

Home Together Australia

Horizon Church - Dunsborough

House of Hope Church - Mapoon

Ignite City Life Church

Imagine Church North

ImagineNations Church - Canberra

ISAOGC (Independent Samoan AOG Church)

iSEE Church Logan City

Jehovah Jireh Assemblies of God

Kingdomcity Hobart

Life Space Church

Lightsview Community Church


Living Hope Church International

Mt Sinai Church Inc

Neuma Church

New Beginnings Church - Isisford

New Life Church - Whitsundays

Open Heaven AOG Nyah West

Passion Church

Planetshakers Church Peninsula

Punjabi Fellowship Melbourne Campus

Resound Church

Riverina Christian Life Centre

Rock Church Warrnambool

Sydney Family Life Church

The Chapel Collective - Bendemeer

Threshing Floor Church

Tree of Life Christian Church - Ipswich

Unity of Christ Ministry for all Nations

Valley Life Church

Village Church Tasmania Inc.

West Point AOG

Your Church - Texas

Zion Church


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Unity Around The Table

“The ultimate place of reconciliation is at the table.”

The first morning of conference, pastors Will Dumas, Aaron Wallace and Silja Henaway, led the movement in a powerful communion service, praying for the nation, unity and the Indigenous people of Australia.

“Holy Spirit, we thank you for words, that you bring to our hearts and minds, that will speak into this nation, that will bring life. We lift up our Indigenous people and communities, that wherever there is strife, you bring unity; wherever there are struggles, you bring rest in the name of Jesus. Lord, pour out your anointing upon our land. Thank you.”

“1 Cor 10:17 gives us a key to being one: 'Though we are many, we eat from the one bread.'

You are the one bread. We thank you Lord, that we drink from the same cup, and that we eat from the same bread. Thank you that we are one in the name of Jesus. We eat today as one family."

“Abba Father, we reverence the shed blood through your Son, the sacrificial lamb for all of us. His broken body and His shed blood... Through Him, you have reconciled us to you.

Now through the power of the Holy Spirit, we walk as ambassadors in our nation with the ministry of reconciliation and the spirit of reconciliation. Amen."


Business & Vision

All the Remits presented to Conference were passed, formalising changes to the ACC United Constitution and ACC Child Protection Policy. Alphacrucis University College was celebrated for 75 years of training leaders, and Mark Edwards gave a passionate presentation and update about the freedom of religion.


Meet the new National Executive

Meet the new National Executive team, elected at National Conference to serve the ACC for the next two-year season:

Wayne Alcorn (National President), John Hunt (Vice President), Sean Stanton (National Secretary) with Ally Cawthorn, Joel Chelliah, Matt Heins, and Mark Varughese were re-elected.

We warmly welcome Ben Naitoko and Mark Zschech to the next season of leadership, and believe that they will each bring something unique and distinctive to the table.

Our deep appreciation and gratitude to Brad Bonhomme and Corey Turner for their commitment, dedication and service on the National Executive. Thank you to their wives, Alison and Simone, their families and their churches for releasing them to serve the Movement.


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Up close & personal with Ben Naitoko

Ben Naitoko is the ACC QLD/NT State President, and has been a member of the Queensland State Executive for four years. He is Senior Pastor of King’s Church Australia with his wife Trish –a thriving multi-site church and multi-site Christian school. Ben has been an ACC Pastor for over 20 years; he started out as a Youth Pastor in Mackay, was founding Principal of Planetshakers College (now iSEE College) in Brisbane, and founding campus director of the Alphacrucis Brisbane Campus. Ben is also the current board chairman of Youth Alive Queensland. Ben and Trish are the parents of three sons: Amos, Joshua, and Ifalemi

When I was a child, I wanted to be … either an AFL footballer or an Australian cricketer.

I first knew God was real was … an encounter as an 11 year old at a Children’s camp.

What makes me laugh out loud is … “Family Feud’s Dumbest Answers” on YouTube.

The hardest thing I have ever done is … navigate 2011 when both my home and workplace were flooded in the Brisbane floods.

My life’s passion is … seeing people encounter God’s presence.

My favourite way to relax … dinner with my wife.

What makes me really angry is … when Hawthorn loses (which is happening a lot lately).

My favourite food/beverage is … coffee.

My next big challenge is… helping our schools navigate the current political landscape.

The scriptures that keep me on track is …. Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth”.

What I love to preach about most is … Faith!


Outpouring on the generations

Youth Revival

'Your sons and daughters will prophesy; your young men will see visions; your old men will dream dreams' Joel 2: 28

'There is a grace upon this movement to reach young people, not just for this generation, but for the generations that have gone before us,' declared Matt Heins. 'May we take confidence in that but may we never ever treat it with familiarity.'

An outpouring upon the next generation was always at the heart of the ACC23 Conference – from the Kids & Youth programs, to mobilising young adult ministry across the nation. The celebration of forty years of Youth Alive was the focus of the Wednesday night, with medleys of songs from previous decades that had all generations praising and dancing throughout the arena. Current and former Youth Alive leaders reunited for an after-party with much laughter as memories of incredible rallies and events were shared.

'In the forty years of the the era of Youth Alive, we saw 320,000 first time decisions for teenagers for Jesus in our rallies throughout the cities and

Celebrating 40 years of Youth Alive
Matt Heins with ACC young adult pastors Youth Alive after party and reunion Cameron & Renee Bennett

Outpouring in the Kids program

'My five-year-old son was so impacted by kids church, he couldn't wait to share with his grandparents that after being anointed with oil, he felt like he was 'floating'. He fell over with the power of God, and was speaking in tongues. He encountered the Holy Spirit in a really special way and I am so thankful that he was able to!'


Outpouring Effects

The Lord spoke to my heart from the book of Haggai in August 2022: 'The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.'

(Haggai 2:9 KJV)

I believe we are living in the latter days – that we’re going to see greater dimensions of the glory of God. And signs and wonders following people being saved by the hundreds and thousands.

I didn’t know exactly what to call this season but I have this strong burning conviction that it will be prayer that takes us into it – and it will be mission that comes out of it!

Contagious Fire

We need the touch of the Spirit of God so we're never the same again because His holy fire changes us. Fire is contagious. Here's my question to you: Leader, are you contagious?

I want to be a contagious believer. It's interesting when Moses encountered God at that burning bush, but he didn't set up a camp there. He was changed by the one who was in the fire. Wherever you go, the fire will spread.

Don’t live in the Rain Shadow

Our previous house was in an area where heavy rain would fall all across the region but our house would remain dry. A scientific reason for this was that certain places are in a ‘rain shadow’. Sometimes you're just not positioned to receive the rain. Leaders, t's the day of the latter rain, when God wants to pour out His Spirit, and you could miss out because you're not rightly positioned.

Don't live in a rain shadow. Come out and position yourself where you can receive again an outpouring of Heaven.


How Hungry Are You?

One of the most important questions I want to pose to leaders and believers is this: How hungry are you for the outpouring that we are prophesying over our nation? May I share some things about being hungry.

• Hungry people position themselves to receive. One of the most important things for us as leaders and believers, is if we really, really do want to see an outpouring, is to begin to stir up, honour and steward our spiritual hunger for it. To keep on being filled, you have to pursue it.

• Hunger is an indicator of health.

Hunger is an indicator of health. If we use this as a marker of your spiritual health, how healthy is your spirit? Hungry Christians are healthy Christians. The level of hunger in you or your congregation indicates the level of your health. The great thing is that there is always more!

• Be full and hungry.

We have to learn how to be full and hungry. It's not a contradiction, because the more full of the Spirit you are, the more hungry you are because of all you've tasted. The more fervently you cry out, ‘let there be an outpouring because I'm not I'm not full enough yet’.

• Nurture your spiritual hunger.

Our hunger is a gift from God; He wants us to have it more than we do. We can eat all we want but the limit to the outpouring depends on you being satisfied.

• We need to eat to stay hungry

This is one of the greatest paradoxes of the Kingdom. In the natural, you become hungry by not eating, but in the Kingdom, you get hungry through eating. The more full of the Holy Spirit you get, the more hungry you get!

So how do you taste and see that the Lord is good? Discover that and do more of it. Engage with some spiritual practices that open you to Christ in a different way.


It's Time For Revival

The day of signs and wonders is well and truly here. When revival broke out in Neuma Church on 28 August 2022, I had pastors ask me, “How are you going to sustain this?” I replied, "I have no idea." So I went to the Lord and said, “Father, how am I going to sustain this?” He said, “You didn't start it so you don't have to sustain it.” He started it, so all we need to do is remain in Him and steward what He has started in His house.

You can have more if you want it

Whenever you look at rain or water, in the Bible, it's symbolic of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Prophet Zechariah said, “Ask God for rain, in the time of the latter rain” (Zechariah 10:1). It literally means to ask God for rain in the middle of a downpour. He's calling us to ask for more revival in the middle of a move of God."

Faith-filled Prayer

The history books record that the number one prerequisite for revival is faith-filled prayer. If we don't pray, God won't move. Not because He can't but because He's chosen to limit his intervention to our intercession. He calls us into a co-labouring partnership.

A recent study of global pandemics throughout history discovered that in the three to five years on, there is this resurgence in spirituality. Can I suggest to you that we are in a God appointed window, where we need to ask for rain while we are in the season of rain.

Isaiah 43:19 says “Behold, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Tragically, many leaders would rather be an expert in the old thing rather than a novice in the new thing. Jesus said, unless you become like a little child, you're not going to be able to access the things of the kingdom of God. If you are hungry for more of Him, begin to cry out to God to pour out a spirit of revival upon your life, your church, and your ministry.


Revival In The Home

JOEL: We want to talk about an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your household, in your marriage and home. The Lord spoke to me from Genesis 26:25, about the process of going from the altar (our personal devotion and encounter with God), to the tent (our home and family) to the well (a life-giving well to the community). Our altar moments should flow into our homes; and only when that is flourishing do we change our focus and let the overflow go out into the church and the community.

We have to be deliberate and international about prioritising our families or the busyness and demands of ministry and life will actually encroach into those very important relationships.

SHARON: Have you ever considered what it would look like when a whole family – the mother, father, daughter and son –intercede and go to battle on behalf of our community? It’s the plan that God had right back there in the Garden.

Isaiah 8: 18 says, ”Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me. We are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, the God of the angel armies." We are the signs and wonders – as a husband, a wife, a mother, a father, a son, or a daughter. We are the signs and wonders that will point the generations back to our Heavenly Father.

Here are five practical points how we have endeavoured to bring revival into our home.

1. Deal with ungodly ambition. If you read the story of Jephthah in Judges 11, he was so desperate for victory that he was willing to sacrifice his household to ensure that he would gain victory at any cost. Being willing to give up your marriage and children, so that your ministry will be successful may look like zeal for God's house, but there is a fine line between zeal and ungodly ambition.

2. Find your rhythm. There is a complementary nature to the male and female in marriage that brings balance.

3. Set clear boundaries. This means intentionally setting aside time for your family and includes setting time for healthy, intimate conversations – not directive or corrective conversation. It also involves setting boundaries for your home space - that you make it a safe space for your kids.

4. Deal with unhealthy expectations. This is about coming to terms with who God says you are and what you have to offer, and that is enough.

5. Spend time praying over our families. There are many things we can delegate out to other people, but we can't delegate being the priest of our household.


Grace To Run With The Kings

The young people of our nation need Jesus. They've got technology and wealth, and they are connected with social media, but they are one of the loneliest generations to have ever lived.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that 55% of 18 to 25 year olds report loneliness more than once a week. Victoria is the most lonely with 65% saying that they were lonely in 2021. One global pandemic has not been the cause. A world that preaches division, offence, and self righteousness has literally driven people apart. What our young adults need right now is a unified body, a functional community and a loving family. We, the Church, are the answer.

In 1 Kings 18: 41-45, there are two characters that are polar opposites. We have King Ahab, who is probably one of the most carnal kings in the Old Testament. He had political and commercial success, and would bow to anything that would garner his attention. He was a king that was a slave to his passions and desires. Then you have the man of God, Elijah – the only thing that he ever owned was the clothes on his back. God had graced Elijah to run alongside, and to run ahead, of the king.

As pastors, we were never meant to be the kings of this generation but God has anoiinted and graced us to run with the next generation, and lead them towards a breakthrough.

What is this grace and anointing we have to run with the kings?

1. Authentic

One of the dangers before us is that we try to compete with the world. What I love about Elijah is that there's an authenticity of the power of God. Take away everything, and you look at who you really are: it's just you and the Holy Spirit.

2. Servanthood

When someone would run in front of the king, it indicated service. We have been called and graced to serve this generation. Can we serve the young people of this generation who think differently to us and have different values?

3. Positional

Elijah may have been running before the king, yet he was out in front, leading the way. Leading in this season may be intimidating , but this is when we get the greatest breakthrough.

We may be counter-cultural to the world, yet 'greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world'. It's the perfect storm for the Church to rise up and meet the needs of a lonely generation that seem to have it all but literally have nothing. It's time to get the soul of the next generation back into the life of the Church.


An Anointing For An Outpouring

1 Samuel 16 tells the story of Samuel and how he anointed David to be king. It starts with God saying to Samuel, “How long are you going to mourn over something I've rejected?” The anointing that Samuel brought to David triggered a new season. It’s time to stop mourning over what God himself is moving on from, and His anointing will become a trigger for a brand new day for you.

We're going to pray for each other. Everyone is going to have a dual role because you are going to be both Samuel and David; the giver and the receiver. I believe three specific things will happen as a result of the anointing for an outpouring.

1. The anointing will break every chain. It will set you free, because the anointing breaks the yoke. The anointing sets the captives free, and it's time we got to silence the demonic in our churches. Why isn't there hunger in the House? Often there's something suppressing it and sometimes we just need a good clean out.

2. It's going to awaken eternity.

When eternity is awake, it's a heaven and hell thing. Awakening eternity doesn't mean you have to think about death; in fact it's the opposite: you think about eternal life. Healing the sick is a demonstration of the Kingdom of God. Let it come alive, like you did in your first love.

3. The anointing will fill you to over flow.

The best way to minister is out of the overflow. The overflow means it's not just about you. When God wants to overflow inside of you, it's because He's got other people He wants to fill. The outpouring is God's job. Overflowing is our job.

David experienced this. He wrote in Psalm 23: 5"... You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows." After David was anointed, you know what he did next? He went back to the sheep. And we will return to our sheep, anointed and overflowing.


Local church +Missions

In 1937, a handful of men and women sat around a table and the Assemblies of God (now the ACC) in Australia commenced. They had a very clear vision that is documented in our United Constitution. Two specific things continue to define who are today: the training of leaders and global missions. They began this movement with the end in mind.

This is where we are headed. Our Movement’s leaders knew the pathway between where we are now and where we will be. You see, without the raising of leaders and global missions, we don't get to the end that the book of Revelation records.

May I suggest that every great church and body of believers, has a holistic missions and global focus; simply because they've adopted the heart of God, for discipling the nations. Global missions and what God is doing in the nations becomes inspiration for the local church.


God is raising up an army out of our Movement to touch the nations of the earth. At the moment, one in four (25%) churches partner with our field workers. Many more give to an appeal for disaster relief, but I'm talking about the systematic support of our field workers. My goal is to get this to one in three, which requires about 60 more churches to get on board.


We want to help disciple the emerging generation of young adults, by giving them the opportunity for an international internship placement for six months. They will give themselves to assisting on one of the missions of our movement, where they'll be mentored with our partners and with locals. This may well be the next step in some young adult’s faith journey, because if we don't give this generation something to aspire to, they'll find it out there in the world.

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The Missions Stream highlighted many significant and productive endeavours around the globe. Psalm 67 teaches the reason for God’s blessing is so that salvation will be spread amongst the nations. We then unpacked – through panels, testimonies and media presentations – how the message of the gospel is spreading throughout many nations.

There were discussions about the different approaches that may be required, depending on the spiritual climate of the nation.

• In nations that have a vibrant Indigenous church, we’re able to come alongside and add our grace to their grace to see an increase in the impact of the gospel.

• In nations where the gospel can be preached, churches can be planted, believers discipled and leaders raised.

• In closed nations, we show the love of Christ through development projects and humanitarian endeavours, which positions people to respond to God-given moments as they arise.

The Stream also unpacked the sustainable and inclusive development projects ACCI field workers and partners are working on – from Asia to Africa – revealing the long-term social change that’s taking place.

Reports on disaster relief included aid to war-ravaged Ukraine, support for believers in Afghanistan who’ve been affected by the re-emergence of the Taliban, and our response to the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria.

We concluded the session with hearts full of thanks to God for the incredible work that’s being done around the globe!


“A highlight for me on this day was hearing the breadth of the work that is being done, whether that is with refugees on the Myanmar border, or church planting in Thailand, or providing education in Lesotho. The Mission of God that we are all called to allows for such great diversity of methodology and I loved hearing this communicated.” – Catherine Thambiratnam, Head of International Programs, ACCI Relief

“One of my highlights from the missions stream was hearing the different ways our field workers are responding to reaching the needs in today’s world. These stories gift us a glimpse into the real world of what our missionaries go through. I am looking forward to seeing all the partnerships continue to grow with local ACC churches and pastors, as we support the Great Commission.” – Enoch Kenway, Head of


Effective Community Engagement

The Community Engagement Stream reached capacity before conference. This shows that there is great hunger and passion to learn how to engage with their communities more effectively. National Director, Paul Bartlett, began by speaking on Six Practices of Successful Community Engaging Churches. These principles work regardless of the size of your church, and they work in any context.

The Community Engagement team presented the following four topics:

• Good to God: Community Programs that are transformational rather than transactional

• Engaging in the Grey Areas

• The Church your community can’t do without

• You are in a Community Disaster – What next?

Engaging with your local mayor

The highlight was, having the Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, join us to talk on how pastors and local churches can assist their local government in building healthy communities.

We also had the opportunity to ask Mayor Tate, what is the kind of stance or attitude that every pastor needs to have when they go to visit their local mayor. He said some interesting things. Firstly, the value of respecting each other's time. e.g. don’t spend an hour talking about things that aren’t important; then just as it is time to finish up, talk about what you really came there for. He also said that it is better to come with an attitude of how can the church serve its community, rather than just how the local government can serve the community. It is the spirit or the attitude of how we work together that results in great outcomes.

The Community Stream was a great success, and our team are looking forward to connecting with those pastors and leaders who attended who are interested in hosting a Roundtable, a Building Strong Communities workshop, or enrolling in the Diploma of Community Services through Alphacrucis.

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Paul Bartlett with Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate.

Navigating Difficult Conversations

• 53% of leaders avoid difficult conversations because they don’t have the training to handle them

• 70% of people admit to avoiding difficult conversations because they are not equipped to deal with them.

The Chaplaimcy Stream focused on how to navigate difficult conversations in a complex world. There is a growing sense of discomfort as we try to balance the unchanging message of Christ with a world that is challenging every norm and absolute. This leads us often into difficult conversations and if they are not handled well, they can diminish our effectiveness and break our connection with people who are desperately in need of support.  Our desire is to:

• Help people find answers

• Keep communication lines open

• Bring relevance and support

• Maintain integrity and truth

It’s not just what we say, but how we say it.

Effective Conversations Framework

The outer circle of the framework focusses on what we need to do before we start the conversation and the inner circle focusses on what we need to do during the conversation.

There are so many things which can get in the way before we even start talking – Cognitive Dissonance, Unconscious Bias, Triggers and Transference. We need to work on ourselves if we are really going to make a difference; but a little preparation, a little thought and a good serve of empathy will make us highly effective and will open up the conversation.

Building on each of the concepts in the framework, provides us with an effective mechanism for dealing with any difficult conversation whether it is resolving a conflict or navigating one of the challenging areas listed below.

Jesus was comfortable in having difficult conversations – whoever He was talking to. The good news is that we can be confident as well, bringing real support and direction to those in need. Chaplaincy Australia are working to help you and your team be equipped with all the skills you need to navigate the difficult conversations we all face today.

If you are interested in exploring this subject further, contact Chaplaincy Australia for some personally tailored training to suit the needs of your church team.

Phil Linden and Ralph Estherby

Does our worship include everyone?

The Worship Stream was an incredible launch into the Outpouring Conference. I am so grateful to Darlene Zschech, Stacey Hilliar, Joth Hunt , Luke Taylor, Dave Balestri, Beth Glee and the amazing worship team, for sharing all their wisdom and experience that gave me a deeper revelation of worship.

One thing that I have been deliberating since I returned home was raised at the Q&A session with the Worship panel. It was the question regarding whether worship in our church includes everyone.

Darlene’s answer to this question has made me consider how we do church and the people who may be excluded (unintentionally) from worshipping God. e.g. those with ASD, DS, epilepsy or hearing impairments. Can we really say ‘our church is for everyone’ when these people are excluded?

Darlene’s response was that where possible, we need to make allowance for people who are in these categories and work towards making the church accessible and inclusive to all. She shared how Hope UC offer a special sitting for their events, such as Christmas productions, that was free of these sensory triggers.

I have been doing some research into the triggers around the impact of strobe lights and epilepsy, Irlen syndrome and the sensory spectrum of DS. It was an eye-opener to read that strobe lights could trigger an epileptic reaction in people with no prior history of epilepsy.

As legislation is becoming more stringent around equal opportunity for people with mobility, sight and hearing, the Church has an opportunity to lead the way and be more inclusive for these communities. While it may not be possible for a dedicated program, but we can definitely look at the opportunities to offer services that were more inclusive for individuals and families with these conditions.


Planting with purpose

Over 300 delegates signed up for the Church Planting Stream, revealing there is a growing vision and passion to launch new churches across the nation and overseas.

The Stream was hosted by Corey Turner who shared on Foundations of Church Planting and The Church Planter in the first two sessions. This included the testimony of church planter, Sam Dix who planted Disciple House in Western Australia.

One of the highlights was the panel discussion with ACC State Directors and Exponential Australia. The final session focussed on Multi-site Church Planting with Mark Varughese.

Church Planting continues to be a key focus of the ACC, and there is great momentum in this space.

Vision and Goals

The ACC vision is to plant 500 churches across Australia over the next ten years, with the follwoing four goals:

1. Identify and recruit 500 church planters by 2033

2. Train 500 church planters by 2033

3. Identify 500 locations to plant ACC churches

4. Resources to support the 500 churches


Passion for Youth

The Youth Stream at the ACC National Conference had a profound impact. Youth pastors from all over the country were equipped, inspired, and left with their hearts full! Hosted by the Youth Alive team, we had the incredible honour of having international speakers, Seow How from Heart of God Church in Singapore, and Brandon Cormier from Zeal Church in the USA. Youth leaders from across the nation came together, sharing a heart and passion to see the next generation won for Jesus.


Kids Ministry Resources


The Bible App for Kids is an app that helps children aged 2-7 read God’s Word. In addition to the app is a 24 month curriculum that is free to churches. Download the app at:


Designed for 7-11 year olds, the Kids Bible Experience is the next level of scripture engagement for kids who have outgrown the Bible App for Kids. Features new videos, questions, and scripture verses every day to help pre-teens cultivate daily habits of engaging with God’s Word! Find on the YouVersion Bible App


OneHope have conducted research around the world and the Global Youth Culture report, along with the recent Family matters Study can be found on the ACCkids website.



The Kidshaper National Tour hosted by ACCkids will hold five State-based events through 3–9 June 2023. Guest speaker, Justin Edge, is the global Kids Pastor at Life. Church, who will speak into Leadership and growing a ministry that engages Gen Alpha. More info:

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Tips to Host a Great Event

Church events hold a special place in our lives, bringing us together and allowing us to deepen our faith. But let’s face it, organising these events can be quite the challenge, consuming our time and energy. That’s why, as someone who shares your passion for church activities, I’d like to offer you some simple tips for when you plan your next event.

I’m incredibly passionate about the gathering of believers. The ultimate goal is to create spaces where people can encounter God. So how do we achieve that? I believe it starts with intentional planning and outworking of vision and mission. It’s about being prayerful and sensitive to what God wants to do through us during the planning and delivery of the event.

Let’s embark on this journey together, putting our hearts into every detail, and creating an event that will leave a lasting impact on the lives of those who attend. So, here are a few friendly pointers to help you plan and execute events within your church:

* Start with a Clear Purpose and Vision

The first step is to clearly define the purpose and vision of your event. What are you hoping to achieve? Once you have a clear idea, you can build the rest of your event around this foundation.

When we embarked on planning the ACC National Conference with the theme of “Outpouring”, we had a specific outcome and practical elements in mind. This guided our decision-making process, from the branding, songlist and guest ministry to the kids’ program and everything in between.

* Build Around a Theme

Having a theme is a great way to ensure your event has a clear purpose. It can be as simple as a word or phrase that captures the essence of what you want to convey.

* Plan Ahead and Get Organised

It may sound obvious, but planning ahead and staying organised is crucial. Sometimes, despite our best intentions, we can become overwhelmed. That’s why creating a detailed timeline of tasks to be completed before, during, and after the event is essential. It keeps us on track and ensures everything is done.

At conference, we had a team motto: “There will always be something to solve, fix, or change. Let’s not have it be something we could have addressed earlier.” This mindset helped us stay ahead of potential issues.


* Creativity

Creativity is a powerful gift that can bring life to an event! It has the ability to captivate hearts and minds and evoke emotions. Through creative elements such as music, art, design, and storytelling, you can create an atmosphere where attendees encounter God in fresh and profound ways. Bethany Carlos from Storytellers Co shares some of the behind-the-scenes detail of the ACC23 opener (left).

* The Attendee’s Experience

The ultimate success of your church event or conference hinges on the experience of the attendees. To create an engaging and meaningful experience, consider the following:

* Program When planning your event schedule, aim for a perfect blend of sessions, breakouts, and free time. Give your attendees opportunities to connect with one another, build relationships, and share experiences. By finding the right balance, you’ll ensure they don’t miss out on any important sessions while still having ample time to mingle and enjoy the event.

* Hospitality plays a crucial role in making attendees feel valued and well-informed. Consider providing refreshments to keep their energy levels up and their taste buds happy.

* Comfortable seating goes a long way in ensuring they can fully engage with the sessions without any discomfort.

* Kids program: Don’t forget to offer a well-organised and engaging kids program to cater to families attending the event.

* Venue preparation: Lastly, maintaining a clean and inviting venue will make everyone feel right at home. Organising a successful church event or conference requires careful planning and execution. By starting with a clear purpose and vision, planning ahead, staying organised, and focusing on creating a positive attendee experience, you can host an event that leaves a lasting impact. So, embrace the challenge, rally your team, and let’s make this event truly extraordinary!

Essie Blase is the ACC National Conference manager. She has a wealth of experience in event management, ranging from local church events to large Christian and corporate conferences, youth rallies and festivals. Email


Storytellers Co were honoured to work alongside artists across the state in producing the ACC23 Conference opener. Based on Joel 2:28, we as artists prayed and created with an expectation that God was going to move people from dry places to experiencing a fresh outpouring.

We all know the classic scene from Chariots of Fire with that incredible piece of music that automatically makes you want to jump on your feet and pretend to run in slow motion. This scene has nothing glamorous or fancy, but it moves people from spectating to participating. It inspires and calls people to significance. I highlight this because this scene has key ingredients for an effective conference opener – moving people from spectating to participating in something significant. The significant place we wanted to move people toward was an open heaven!

Every time the cast got together, we spent time in prayer and worship, allowing God to hover over the piece we were creating. It was important that the piece reflected the scripture, representing young and old, men and women, all people being refreshed in the outpouring of God’s Spirit. It was a powerful declaration to make over conference, using a range of creative expressions.

May I encourage you to pick up your own creative tools of design, composition, dance, and media when creating your own event opener. However, keep in mind that the goal is not to entertain, be glamorous, or fancy, but to move people toward the place you are believing you want to go. Our desire was to move people toward experiencing an outpouring.

– Bethany Carlos, Storytellers Co



This Directory provides our pastors and churches with a spectrum of valuable services and resources that can assist in expanding many areas of your ministry.

We would like to express our great appreciation to all the partners of the ACC23 National Conference, for their support and contribution. Their partnership and collaboration, as well as their expertise, is invaluable to the ACC community.

Our hope is that this directory will strengthen relationships and provide new opportunities, insights and tools to enhance your ministry and impact.



Don’t just count people, make people count. ChurchStats is an enterprise level analytics solution built for churches. It allows users to access a wealth of information regarding the health of their church across all campuses, empowering them to make informed decisions with confidence. A must-have tool for any Church leader and executive team who is serious about the growth and success of their ministry.



Need chairs for your church? Alloyfold is a leading distributor of some the most durable commercial furniture on the market, including tables, contract chairs, cafe chairs, auditorium seating, and church seating. View their wide range of well-crafted church chairs and church seating, that are comfortable, linkable, stackable and customisable seating for your church.



Chaplaincy Australia provides the resources and support you need to impact your community.

• Chaplaincy Training & Accreditation

• Professional Supervision & Mentoring

• Bespoke Training for churches, chaplains andpastors

• One Day Seminars & Professional Development Courses

• Mental Health First Aid

• Disaster Response – supporting your community on the worst day

• 1800Chaplain hotline



Koorong has sugarcane communion cups available, that are 100% plastic-free and bio-degradable. They are made from sugarcane pulp, which are rigid and leak-free, and fits all tray designs.

Glass cups and other communion items are also available from Koorong.


If you have over five years’ experience in community engagement through your ministry, join the four-day intensive with Paul Bartlett. He will guide you through best practice in community engagement and receive an Alphacrucis College RPL Diploma of Community Services.

Upcoming Dates for 2023

14th - 18th August 2023

16th – 20th October 2023



The ACC Digital Church cohort is offers you the opportunity to build on your church's mission, vision, and strategy. It will help you identify top challenges surrounding digital ministry and learn from some of the best model and ministry practitioners. The format includes two on-site events, Zoom sessions every six weeks, and the opportuity for one-to-one coaching. The 20232024 schedule for ACC churches starts 21 June 2023.



One chair can change a life.

100% of Alloyfold’s profits are invested into their ministryto help people make a fresh startthe heart of the Gospel.

Alloyfold’s organisation is a ministry of Riccarton Community Church, and the gospel of Christ is central to their mission.

100% of Alloyfold’s profits are owned by Pathway Charitable Group, who provides prisoner reintegration services, affordable housing, drug and alcohol rehab and employment for those with barriers.

Over the past 25 years Alloyfold has made an impact on thousands of lives, creating stable futures and preventing the negative cycles of reoffending that are so common. They have also joined with churches across Australia to provide amazing seating solutions. Replacing old pews with comfortable loose seating, or helping to create inspiring auditorium-style spaces of worship is Alloyfold’s bread and butter.

And each project has helped Alloyfold fund their mission. So when they say “One chair can change a life”, they really mean it. You can learn more about Alloyfold and their mission online at:

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Alpha is a resource churches use to create a space and a culture where people are excited to invite their friends into a conversation about Jesus. Alpha can be run almost anywhere – from a church hall to a restaurant or online, and has lasting impact on guests and church communities.

Alpha is 100% free, including all the coaching your team needs to get started.


Exceptional Christian education through Early Learning, Primary School, High School and Trade Training Centre at Queensland campuses.

Kings College is Australia's largest Christian school and is committed to educating students in Christian leadership for tomorrow's generation.



Check out Alloyfold's range of wellcrafted church seating that includes padded church chairs, modern church chairs and banquet-style chairs. Also a range of folding and trestle tables, as well as children's tables for Kids ministry, and portable sanitisation options.




Looking to get online donations for your church? provides the best online tools to help you increase generosity, manage your church and engage your church members. Sign up for free.

If you want a specific church app to communicate with your congregation, can assist you with easy app options deisgned for churches.



An introduction for leaders of churches to the important areas of governing your church well. In a fast-paced world, an aligned and strategically aware board will make better decisions faster.

This program introduces the essentials which relate to the governance of churches, from some of the leading figures in the field.

Online through Alphacrucis College

Cost: $50AUD



The ACC is committed to ensuring our churches are safe for everyone.

For any concerns regarding the safety of children and individuals at an ACC Church, please call the ACC National Child Protection Helpline.

1800 070 511




1800Chaplain is a nationwide toll-free service offering confidential support to all Australians.

Anyone can receive caring, nonjudgemental support from trained and accredited chaplains who can help callers find support, comfort, reassurance and, where needed, referral to other services.

A great asset to local churches pastoral care teams.

1800 24 27 52



Alphacrucis is a multidisciplinary Christian University College with the mission to equip Christian leaders to change the world through transformative learning experiences. Study courses to impact in the world of Business, Counselling, Education, Ministry, Music and more.

Pastor's Resources

Check out the list of resources put together by the AC Theology faculty to help pentecostal pastors in their theological and spiritual journey.



Travel to the land of Israel hosted by Keshet Journeys. They will tailor your experience of Holy Land, along with handing travel arrangements, accommodation and choosing the right tour guides to discover the land that Jesus called home.


ACS is a profit-for-purpose company, serving the Christian sector and the commercial sector worldwide. We tailor comprehensive insurance and protection, commercial lending and investment solutions, serving churches, ministries, Christian schools, SMEs, NFPs and individuals.


HIOD IT is a family owned business that provide quality IT services to small to medium organisations by managing and monitoring their IT infrastructure.

Our team of IT experts are ready to solve any and all techinical problems that you may have.


ACCkids is a ministry department of the ACC to equip leaders and empower kids and families in our churches.

The website has a wide range of resources for local church kids ministers and families. The following are some recommended resources by ACCKids for children.

• Bible App for Kids (free to churches)

• Kids Bible Experience (on Youversion Bible App)



Corney & Lind Lawyers seek to provide advice and solutions that deliver just and redemptive outcomes. They offer customised professional legal services tailored to meet their clients’ needs. Email:


This free resource provides a comprehensive guide to address FAQs from our ACC members. It covers a wide range of topics, aiming to equip churches/ ministries with the knowledge they need to navigate these areas successfully.


New Way Lawyers assists families experiencing separation, divorce and domestic violence.

Their weekly ‘Lunch with a Lawyer’ session provides an experienced family lawyer to answer questions online and share free legal information.

Call 07 35485890 about how your pastoral care team can better support families or email:


Churches can too often find themselves the focus of a negative media story. Confident Churches has a free crisis communications course for churches has been produced by Jersey Road PR, with 13 years of experience supporting churches through a reputational crisis.

This online course gives church leaders a foundational understanding of good crisis communications and helps them apply it to their own church situation – from guidance on how to prevent a crisis, to how to respond effectively and repair the damage if a crisis hits.



Resource your church with 24/7 content through Right Now Media's vast range of video resources. Every person in your church can access over 20,000 Biblically-based videos for small groups, families, students, leadership development, and much more.

Right Now Media is a tool that can help you equip and disciple the people of your church.



ACCI has many options for churches to be involved in overseas missions.

GIVE: Support our field workers and partners, currently in 31 countries.

GO: A short-term mission trip is a great way to get a taste for what life on the mission field is like. Check to see if there are any upcoming trips you can be a part of, or contact us.

New ACCI Internship program

ACCI's new internship program provides first hand experience on the mission field for six months, working alongside one of our field workers or partners.


A brand new resource for AC churches and ministries. Teen Freedom is created by Your Choicez and ACC Safer Churches.

It is designed to facilitate conversations around some of the most challenging topics that young people are facing: Sexting; Pornography; Consent; Value.



When it comes to safety, you’ve got to get it right. The complexity of compliance laws, policy writing, and verification processes can feel overwhelming. Safe Ministry Check has been providing affordable, best-practice training and support to ministries across Australia for a decade.

We take cake of compliance. You take care of people.

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Transformations is an evidence based, faith supported, peer-topeer support community that helps set people free from addiction. Founded on a therapeutic community model and supported by individualised case management, group therapy and psychoeducation curriculum, Transformations helps clients address the core reasons behind their addictions.

Since 1986, Australian Ethical Super has been focusing on a brighter future for people, planet and animals by investing ethically with both the head and the heart.

Australian Ethical's entire range of funds is rigorously screened on ethical and investments merits.

Going beyond environmental, social and governance criteria, the team proactively seeks out companies that do good.


Red Frogs is a support program for young people from the ages of 13 to 30, recognising that the culture of young people is dominated by alcohol which can lead to dangerous and life-altering behaviours.

Red Frogs provides a positive peer presence in alcohol-fuelled environments where young people gather; educates young people on safe partying behaviours; and promotes alcohol-free and/or diversionary activities that engage young people in these environments.


Youth Alive is committed to supporting the local church and local youth ministries. This is achieved through the resource Youth Alive provides with events, leadership development, the youth alive network, and practical resource.

The Youth Alive Academy is an eclectic mix of Higher Education study, specialising in youth culture, while developing person leadership through an internship program that benefits the local church.


A brand new resource for youth ministries: Teen Freedom is created by Your Choicez and ACC Safer Churches.

It is designed to facilitate conversations around some of the most challenging topics that young people are facing: Sexting; Pornography; Consent; Value.


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New Releases by ACC Authors

MY FATHER'S SON A Generational Journey

Wayne Alcorn has seen the radical life-change that happens in men as they embrace the love of God the Father.

And he has seen that love heal and transform men’s lives –his father’s, his own and the countless men across Australia he has talked to and helped heal.

This is his – and their – story. And the story of how God’s love transforms generations. A story that just might change your life.

This book aims to:

Provide encouraging stories of lives transformed through a relationship with God

Give insight into how the love of a Father God can heal lives

Inspire to transform lives and future generations by embracing God’s love

Coming soon: Workbook

THE CHAT For Fathers with Sons: Understanding Puberty, Pornography, Sex & Marriage

The Chat is a children’s book that has been written to help fathers have the all important ‘sex chat’ with their sons.

It is a brilliant Christian resource that acts as a conversation starter. The book is split into two sections: the first portion helping fathers to prepare themselves for the conversation, whilst section 2 (dedicated for both fathers and sons) is brilliantly illustrated to engage young boys.

The Chat is unapologetically Bible based and is written to be read interactively so as to strengthen the bonds between parent and child. It facilitates discussions on the pertinent issues of sex, puberty, pornography and gender.



BREAKING UP WITH BABEL The Gospel of Sex, Dating & Relating in a Culture of Confusion

When it comes to sex, dating, and relating, there's no need for Christians to cave into confusing cultural trends. This hope-filled book provides a Scripture-based perspective on sex, dating, and romance that compels Christians to walk in purity and passion.

Breaking Up with Babel presents a sexual gospel that outshines the humanistic messages of broken sexuality, pornography, sex outside of marriage, and digital dating in a Babel-weary world. It's time to break up with Babel for good and return to the Garden.

Author Nikki Dent is an ACC pastor, Bible teacher, and itinerant preacher with over a decade of experience ministering to young people and providing biblical answers to their modern questions.

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DADDY WILL CARRY ME The Story of One Family's Journey Through Tragedy

Paul and Barb Ireland endured the loss of three-year-old Laura in 2003 due to a horrific accident.

Daddy will carry me tells their story; a book for those enduring grief and those who stand with them – pastors, family members, friends, community.

“Barbara takes you on a raw and honest journey - documenting her family's pathway through pain - and guiding you to emerge with a profound sense of hope. That no matter the darkness, it is possible for light to shine again. Daddy will carry me, will encourage anyone travelling a similar path through grief."

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STICKS & STONES Finding Freedom From Past Trauma

Sticks and Stones follows a story of an inspiring spiritual journey. Michelle Hobbs dives into the true meaning of spiritual and divine freedom — something that you might already have experienced in the past but did not have the opportunity to acknowledge.

Learn more about yourself and find greater joy in life! This is for anyone who wants to discover more about their spirituality and gain the courage to speak up and share their story to help others. It is reminder that your voice matters and you deserve to be heard.

Michelle provides helpful insights that will help you along the way.


Practical Models, Tools & Resources for Supervisors, Mentors and Chaplains

New Perspectives in Supervision is an exciting and in-depth compilation of resources and stories which have been written to meet the needs of the trainee supervisor, as well as offer new teachings for the seasoned professional.

The heart-wrenching and heartwarming accounts of courage and hope underpin the teachings as they are introduced and explained after many years walking alongside others. For people considering becoming a professional or pastoral supervisor, New Perspectives in Supervision assists the reader to explore the very core of 'why' one might find purpose and truly flourish in a role in which others are supported along a journey of transformation and growth.

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ACC EMAG #3 2023

Published by Australian Christian Churches. Editor: Daryl-Anne Le Roux

Graphics & Media Assistant : Kieran Carlos

Proofreader: Elba Broadhead

In this special edition of ACC EMAG the ACC23 Conference Media team include:

Photography Marcus Oostenbroek

Nathen Roser


The Minchio Brothers Videography

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