We can't wait to see more Kingdom initiatives flourish. 

 

First place, overall, & first place in the ENGAGE category

JEN LOGAN, DIRECTOR OF FER

 Jen Logan (on screen), who was unable to be at ADM on the day, was presented with her award via a video call by ADM chair of board, Rev. Jenni Stoddart (right), while the winners of the other categories look on.

Jen Logan (on screen), who was unable to be at ADM on the day, was presented with her award via a video call by ADM chair of board, Rev. Jenni Stoddart (right), while the winners of the other categories look on.

About Jen
 
My mother is the daughter of a line of clergy and trained and worked at Deaconess House herself. Though my parents both share a devout love of God (and each other), they are of different faiths.  Being raised within a mixed-faith family exposed me to a variety of world-views: attending Catholic school, Anglican Sunday School and Saturday rituals at a sect called The School of Philosophy. What I now value as a rich experience was then a psychologically turbulent time but it gave me a deep curiosity to find 'the Truth'. Through a combination of things - including influences within my family, the youth group at St Clement's Church Mosman and conversations with the now famous John Dickson - I came to my own faith in Jesus in my early twenties. 

After training and working in social work, I moved to the UK. I studied at the London School of Theology and at Kings College London (MA Christianity and the Arts). I married David Logan and we have two children: a daughter, Aoife, 3 (pronounced ''eefa"!) and a son, Tate, 1. David designs and operates homeless services in Westminster and is a music writer. He partners with me in Fer, particularly in sound production. We live semi-commune-ally with our small church in North-West London where I have been serving as an overseer for the last three years. Our church has been hugely supportive of Fer in all kinds of ways. I have recently left my job at the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity and my time is now split between caring for my children (including additional caring tasks related to Tate's Downs Syndrome) and working on this new initiative.

About Fer

Fer is female-lead initiative to produce creative, theologically inspired projects that communicate (explicitly or implicitly) the Christian narrative and worldview through art and apply it deeply to the whole of life today. Fer is a collaborative project following the tradition of art used as a theological medium; as an instinctive mode for communicating the faith, that is- Christianity through art; and exploring Christian narrative, philosophy and its lived experience as a type of art, that is, Christianity as art. We are interested in art outside of the Gallery; in the aesthetics of people and our bodies; of our relationships and choices, and of the built spaces that accommodate us. We are trying to ground our works in our lived experience of Christ-discipleship and to respond to the world today.

Fer, ('that which carries' in latin) is trying to convey the message of Christianity primarily for millennials, in more creative, indirect ways that reach deeper than the head-level. Informed by the doctrine of incarnation, our works are all theological concepts expressed through artistic forms not just using artistic forms as accompaniments to word-based communication. For example, garments that speak theologically not just theology about garments. The forms vary from project to project and so far include video art, performance art, fashion design, architecture, jewellery design and music - all accompanied by some written word. See ferproduction.com.

We are interested in broadening and modernising the range of cultural artefacts through which Christianity communicates and with which it engages, expanding the public perception of what lies within the domain of 'religious thought'. This is why, for example, we are working on a project that communicates and promotes a Christian view of 'contentment' through the new art form of ASMR art (now a YouTube phenomenon). 

Fer aims to compel the faith to people of artistic sensibility, conveying Christianity within an aesthetic register. In this way we are both an 'inward' and 'outward' facing mission. Our works are produced in partnership with non-Christians, post Christians and deconstructed Christians. This means that whilst we are producing engaging works, we are also catalysing a new community of Christian engagement. 

How does your organisation or initiative relate to ADM’s ENGAGE category?
 
Fer relates to each of ADM’s areas of ministry, most especially ENGAGE, as our projects seek to communicate the Christian narrative and worldview. However, 'Fer' also means 'iron' in French and as 'iron sharpens iron' so we have teaching components and ritual designs that help with Christian FORMATION. Our projects are hugely informed by both mine and my husbands career's in social work and our biggest project (Aesthetic Fast) is designed to provide a way to broaden the range of people who are mobilised and 'conscientized' towards social justice work, particularly human trafficking (see aestheticfast.com).
 

How will this prize money help you take FER to the next level?
 
The award will go towards funding my time as director and conceptual and visual lead for Fer, allowing me to make Fer my primary vocational task in 2019: to work on the projects uninterrupted and to build this creative community. It will also be used to cover production costs (including paying freelance contributors) and towards some key equipment we need.
 

 

First place, in the DO category

BERNADETTE BLACK, CEO & FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF BRAVE FOUNDATION

 Bernadette (centre), is presented with her award by CEO chair of board, Rev. Jenni Stoddart (left), and ADM CEO, Dr Kate Harrison Brennan (right).

Bernadette (centre), is presented with her award by CEO chair of board, Rev. Jenni Stoddart (left), and ADM CEO, Dr Kate Harrison Brennan (right).

About Bernadette

Born in 1976 in Melbourne, I completed 7-10 at Loyola College and fell pregnant at 16 years old. I had Damien in 1993, continuing VCE studies at the only adult education centre that would accept me, graduating in 1995. In 1996/1998 I completed a Bachelor of Nursing. I married Steven Black in 2000 and had two more children, Baeleigh (2001) and Flynn (2004) and in 2002 I completed a Graduate Diploma of Peri-operative Nursing.

My story, 'Brave Little Bear' was published in 2006. I was finalist Australian of the Year in 2008 and Barnardos Australian Mother of the Year in 2009, both for my work with teenage mothers. Brave Foundation was incorporated in 2009, with me as Founding Director. I served in local government 2011-2015. I completed a Diploma of Business in 2014 and won a scholarship for the AICD course in 2016, which I am a graduate. I won the Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year in 2016. My expertise was recognised when I was approached by the Federal Government to write Australia's first strategy for expecting and parenting teens in 2017, Brave Foundation has now been awarded $4.4M to implement this social and economic strategy nationally.

 

About Brave Foundation

Brave Foundation builds up the village of support and acceptance around expecting and parenting teens. We are an Australian not-for-profit charity that equips expecting and parenting teens with resources, referral and education opportunities to facilitate happy, healthy and skilled families over time. Brave Foundation is currently delivering the Supporting Expecting and Parenting Teen trial, funded by the Department of Social Services in NT, QLD, NSW, VIC and Tas.

 Brave Foundation’s purpose is to provide expecting and parenting teens with individualised pathway plans by building a village of support in the communities in which they live. Whilst national, Brave Foundation demonstrates a place-based strategy, which demands community collaboration and capacity building. Our core business is acting as a navigator, connecting and strengthening partnerships in communities with the expecting or parenting teen. We have a comprehensive directory of services and refer to 500 organisations nationally.

 

How does your organisation or initiative relate to ADM’s DO category?

Brave Foundation provides support and education pathway plans to expecting and parenting teens in Australia, so that these young women can have the same opportunities as any other Australian teen, as can their child. We work with up to 9,000 expecting and parenting teens (E&PTs) through our directory of services and in 2018 and 2019 will be working with 350 E&PTs through the intensive pathway plan strategy. BRAVE has employed 10 Mentors in 2018. Each Mentor works with 25 E&PTs from pregnancy until their child's first year of age, meeting monthly. Milestones in the pathway are establishing 3 goals/aspirations, connection to education opportunities, perinatal/maternal/child health care, such as things like packing a nappy bag and socialisation. We figuratively hold the E&PTs hand on this journey and connect them to their hopes and dreams.

 

How will your ADM Annual Funding Event prize help you take Brave Foundation to the next level?

This prize will support my professional development as the leader of Brave Foundation in the next phase of its development. It will enable me to attend an intensive leadership program at the Harvard Kennedy school in Cambridge MA, which is designed to help women advance to top positions of influence in public leadership. I would like to see my voice and experience from BRAVE further support human centred policy design in the public square, enabling those experiencing heightened vulnerability in Australia (and beyond) to live purposeful, healthy and skilled lives. I believe this course, alongside mentoring through ADM’s Hub program will help me to accomplish this.

 

First place in the FORM category

Anna Weir, The Fireplace

 Anna (left), is presented with her award by CEO chair of board, Rev. Jenni Stoddart (centre), and ADM CEO, Dr Kate Harrison Brennan (right).

Anna (left), is presented with her award by CEO chair of board, Rev. Jenni Stoddart (centre), and ADM CEO, Dr Kate Harrison Brennan (right).

About Anna

Anna (McGahan) Weir is an actor and writer, based in Melbourne. As an actor, she has performed for Australian televisionfilm and theatre. She has been the recipient of the Inside Film ‘Out of the Box’ Award (2011), the Heath Ledger Scholarship (2012), and Matilda Award for Best Emerging Actor (2012).

As a writer, she has focused on fictional drama for stage and screen, plus narrative non-fiction. Shereceived the Queensland Young Playwright’s Award in 2008 and 2009, was short-listed for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award in 2010, and The Saturday Paper’s national essay award ‘The Horne Prize’ in 2016.

She co-wrote the independent theatre piece ‘The People of the Sun’ with Joel McKerrow, which toured Melbourne and Sydney in 2016 and 2017, in partnership with SPARC and The Justice Conference. She also writes regularly on her blog ‘A Forbidden Room’ about creativity, femininity and Christian spirituality. Her first book, Metanoia, a memoir of her conversion, will be published by Acorn Press in 2019.

Since becoming a Christian in 2012, Anna felt called to move into part-time ministry alongside her artistry. In 2015 she founded the creative ministry network
‘The Fireplace’, and has since commenced study of post-graduate theology. She has an interest in exploring sexuality, feminism, creativity and community through the lens of Christ, and is especially passionate about leading young women, and nurturing their relationships with their own bodies, hearts and minds.

 

About The Fireplace

The Fireplace is a space (online, and in-person corporate meetings) for creative people of faith to unashamedly fall at the feet of Jesus, encouraging one another in missional artistic practice, and love of God. The heart of the 'The Fireplace' is community. We are a group of artists that connect with one another online, and then regularly in person, in cities all over Australia, to encourage one another in what is often a difficult faith walk. By sharing our trials, breakthroughs, revelations and opportunities to share Jesus in the arts industries, we are modelling to one another that it can be done - that neither our artistic practice nor our love of God needs to be compromised to live both wholeheartedly. Founded in 2015, we have been spiritually and legally covered by St Catharine's Anglican Church Caulfield since 2016.

Where most churches know how to use their artists at select ministry events throughout the year, we have observed that many artists do not feel at home in church. Many are floating – churchless - with nowhere they feel free to worship. They feel judged, misunderstood, or used, and they are vulnerable to the pressures of their industries. As a ministry aimed to complement the church, we offer a space of understanding, and support to these artists. Through loving and serving them, we aim to direct them back to Jesus, back to the bible, and back to the body of Christ.

Our goal is to create a community where artists can freely seek God in conjunction with their church attendance, and explore their creative identities through the lens of scripture and worship. Its purpose is to validate, intercede for, and ultimately sharpen the Christian artist. Keeping our vision simple, we have remained focused on prayer, testimony, discipleship and worship, encouraging our artists in their isolating vocations. Networking and conversions naturally flow from this.

 

How does your initiative relate to ADM’s FORM category?

Our focus is supporting the Christian artist, and encouraging an integration of their arts practice with their identity in Christ. Through supportive community, prayer, testimonies and teaching, we aim to form them to walk into their fields as missionaries.

 

How will your Annual Funding Event prize help you take The Fireplace to the next level?

Now in our fourth year, we have recently reached approximately 1200 online members, and our Melbourne gatherings are averaging 40 people each month, with smaller gatherings in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and sometimes Los Angeles (with Australian expats). This is a pivotal time for us, as previously, the group was intimate enough to be held in people's homes, and people shared vulnerably in the online space - now the parameters have shifted, and we want to be able to meet the new needs and foster community on a national scale. 

We want to use the funding to unify, commission and increase accessibility. We want to create a professional website, and expert resources to encourage both artists and their churches. In addition, we want to host interstate activations, to encourage local worship and fellowship, and to empower and mobilise core leaders and gatherings in other cities around Australia. Finally, we would love to hold a theological intensive/retreat, to provide a space for developing relationships and creative practice, whilst receiving theological formation in embodied mission.

I believe we could use this funding to empower artists across Australia with intention and identity, and that we would see a generation of creative believers rise up, passionate about informing the culture of the arts industries, and boldly sharing the love of Jesus.

 

People's Choice Award

Sono Leone, Strong Women Talking – Marigurim Mubi Yangu

 Sono (left), is presented with her award by CEO chair of board, Rev. Jenni Stoddart (centre), and ADM CEO, Dr Kate Harrison Brennan (right).

Sono (left), is presented with her award by CEO chair of board, Rev. Jenni Stoddart (centre), and ADM CEO, Dr Kate Harrison Brennan (right).

About Sono

My name is Sono Leone, I am a proud descendant of the Garawa (Gulf of Carpenteria) and Butchulla (Fraser Island / Hervey Bay) Nations. Also a proud Tongan Tahini (girl) on my Father’s side. I also have a South Sea Island heritage on my great grandfathers line. My grandfather and grandmother both grew up under the Aborigines Protection Act in QLD, which meant they were a part of the stolen generation and grew up on Aboriginal reserves, also known as missions. This meant my mother was born on a mission and was also under the Act growing up, and was not considered a citizen of her own country until she was 15 years old. To our people, this meant that we were subject to a lot of social injustices over the years, and still are. Growing up, I have witnessed the devastating impacts of colonisation in a modern contemporary society. One of those being the cycle of family and domestic violence, in my family and within many communities. By the amazing grace of God, and through education I was able to overcome the cycle of domestic violence in my own life, and my children’s lives.

 

About Strong Women Talking – Marigurim Mubi Yangu

Strong Women Talking – Marigurim Mubi Yangu delivers culturally appropriative, prevention focused domestic violence workshops to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children in communities. Strong Women Talking has a vision to break the cycle of violence once and for all. We are grass roots community women who have a passion to serve and empower our communities. It is important our women can talk about these issues and educate ourselves and our younger generations. Strong Women Talking does this through workshops and other culturally sensitive methods. 

With Indigenous grass roots facilitators delivering programs in safe and therapeutic forms, our workshops aim to break the multi-generational cycle of family and domestic violence and the shame and stigma attached to sexual abuse and help in the process of empowering our women, children and families in living happy, healthy lives. We look at prevention by also running community educational events and programs throughout the community.

We are distinctive in Brisbane and South East QLD in being a Christian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander service. Strong Women Talking have different stages of our programs which run within a framework of Educate, Equip and Empower. These different modules are all delivered in line with biblical principles and scriptures. Also, while many other services are responsive to the crisis situations of domestic violence, we are unique as we operate in the space of prevention and with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander framework which women in our communities feel safer to access and engage.

 

How does your initiative relate to one of ADM’s FORM, ENGAGE or DO categories?

Our organisation relates to ADM's DO ministry area as Strong Women Talking is also meeting vulnerable women in their place of need to provide social and spiritual support to rise up from this place of despair and hopelessness. We are also helping direct women to the love of God in Christ Jesus that can help them through unforgiveness. We are providing a safe place for women and children to help them flourish and grow while being nurtured and supported through the process.

 

How will your Annual Funding Event prize help you take Strong Women Talking – Marigurim Mubi Yangu to the next level?

We were recently approved as a Not-for-profit organisation and also granted charitable status and tax deductible gift recipient. This was of huge significance for us. Our milestones to date are surveys we conducted throughout South East Qld, which outline significant need for our programs and services and give insight into the intergenerational trauma impacting our communities from domestic and family violence. We have also created policy and procedures and governance structure. We are now in the process of applying for different funding bodies, as we are not yet funded on a long-term basis and workshops and programs run to date have been run on very little funding. The prize will contribute to this work.

 

 

Our 2018 Pitchers

After a competitive selection process, the following women were chosen to pitch for funding on Wednesday 19 September before a panel of experts, ADM board members and staff. Read more about their projects, and find out how they see them aligning with the ADM ministry areas.

 

CATEGORY: FORM

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Anna Weir, Founder & Leader of The Fireplace

The Fireplace is a space (online, and in-person corporate meetings) for creative people of faith to unashamedly fall at the feet of Jesus, encouraging one another in missional artistic practice, and love of God.

How does your initiative relate to the FORM category?
We relate to 'theological formation', as our focus is not (at this stage) outreach, but supporting the Christian artist, and encouraging an integration of their art with their identity in Christ. Through supportive community, prayer and teaching, we want to inspire and 'form' them to walk into their fields as missionaries.

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Polly Butterworth & Andy Abey, Co-Founders and Co-hosts of What She Said

What She Said is a podcast exploring the stories and perspectives of Christian women in culture, theology and church life.

How does your initiative relate to the FORM category?
Our podcast is related to the FORM category as we seek reorient people to Christ to be formed by him. Through telling the stories of women of faith in the Bible, history and contemporary society, we delve into Biblical truths as they play out in the lives of women. We have targeted our podcast to Christians in the hope that we can engage women and men to live under Christ's Lordship, and be encouraged by Christian sisters.

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Tori Walker, Founder & Host of The Lydia Project

The Lydia Project: Conversations with Christian Women is a podcast published by the Gospel Coalition Australia to encourage Australian Christian women to flourish by listening to the stories and wisdom of other Christian women.

How does your initiative relate to the FORM category?
Primarily, the podcast is in the space of FORM - talking theologically about various issues with different guests (e.g. around suffering, abortion, over-scheduling etc), aiming to encourage women to be spurred to think theologically and act in a godly way about the issues and challenges in their lives. In terms of example and ministries highlighted, there is also a component of mercy and justice ministries discussed as well by my guests. As the podcast is a publicly available resource, it also contributes to the public engagement of Christianity.

 

CATEGORY: DO

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Jade-Tanya Worsley, Programme Coordinator at the Sago Network

Sago Network is a not for profit, non government organisation that aims to save lives in Papua New Guinea by improving water, sanitation and hygiene standards in coastal and rural communities. Sago Network partners with local communities to address basic access to safe drinking water, safe sanitation facilities and hygiene education, and integrates gender equality and social inclusive processes into all programme work as a means of empowerment.

How does your initiative relate to the DO category?
Sago Network responds to that which is unjust through acts of mercy. Access to water and sanitation is a basic and essential human right. Sago Network responds directly to the needs of communities at risk in Papua New Guinea who do not have access to this basic service, empowering them to make sustainable change and build their capacity to improve their circumstances. Through our poverty alleviating programmes, we have the opportunity to express our faith in action which ultimately reflects and shares God’s character with others.

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Jeanine Treharne, CEO and Co-founder of Stand Tall – The Event

Stand Tall – The Event is preventing youth suicides by building hope in more than 10,000 NSW high school students through successful young people who have overcome adversity sharing their authentic, personal stories at exciting high school events and sports camps.

How does your initiative relate to the DO category?
Our purpose is to turn the tide of negativity, hopelessness, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression among the youth of Australia, by giving them authentic, inspiring stories and testimonies of young people who overcame these issues in their teen years and are now living fulfilled lives in their 20s, 30s and 40s. We also seek to inspire young people to consider the plight of others less fortunate than themselves and initiate ways to help others in the community. We always have a speaker who has founded a charity or community initiative. Stand Tall also relates to ADM’s ENGAGE category – it has reached 10,000 high school students from public high schools, Christian schools and elite private schools, bringing speakers’ testimonies to young people who would never have been exposed to these messages.

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Sherry Maddock, Founder and Director of Planted Places

Planted Places seeks to cultivate relationships between people, plants and place, specifically with those experiencing social isolation and disadvantage.

How does your initiative relate to the DO category?
Planted Places sits at the front edge of addressing the epidemic of social isolation and exclusion, particularly among the most vulnerable population of refugees and asylum seekers. In a time of loneliness and fragmented living, we will integrate a commitment to radical welcome and belonging while demonstrating the practical and transformative experience of meaningful work.

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Bernadette Black, CEO & Founding Director of Brave Foundation

Brave Foundation builds up the village of support and acceptance around expecting and parenting teens.

How does your initiative relate to the DO category?
Brave Foundation works with up to 9,000 expecting and parenting teens (E&PTs) through our directory of services and in 2018 and 2019 will be working with 350 E&PTs through the intensive pathway plan strategy. BRAVE has employed 10 Mentors in 2018. Each Mentor works with 25 E&PTs from pregnancy until their child's first year of age, meeting monthly. Milestones in the pathway are establishing 3 goals/aspirations, connection to education opportunities, perinatal/maternal/child health care, and things like packing a nappy bag and socialisation! We figuratively hold the E&PTs hand on this journey and connect them to their hopes and dreams.

 

CATEGORY: ENGAGE

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Jen Logan, Director of Fer

Fer is a female-lead initiative to produce creative, theologically inspired projects that communicate (explicitly or implicitly) the Christian narrative and worldview through art and apply it deeply to the whole of life today.

How does your initiative relate to the ENGAGE category?
Fer relates to each of ADM’s areas of ministry, most especially ENGAGE. The way we reach - through creative and culturally responsive pieces - both post-evangelical and non-Christian people places us within the area of public engagement. However, there are teaching components and ritual designs that help with Christian formation. Our projects are hugely informed by both mine and my husband’s careers in social work and our biggest project (Aesthetic Fast) is designed to provide a way to broaden the range of people who are mobilised and 'conscientised' towards social justice work, particularly human trafficking.

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Cheryl Fagan, Author & Director of On Top

On Top: Holistic Sexuality Course is a printed and online Sex Education platform that provides content and curriculum to high schools, community groups, churches, and/or individuals, empowering people to have a holistic understanding about sex and sexuality.

How does your initiative relate to the ENGAGE category?
This particular initiative aims to educate and simplify the biblical values regarding sex and sexuality. At the heart I want to create a safe, shame free and open space for people to get information on sex via a media platform. This project will ENGAGE the public by creating a unique pathway to Christian beliefs, ethics and attitudes and it will be accessible to many different types of people, particularly teens. We are serving people by addressing the issues caused by the sexualisation of culture. Issues such as; sexual trauma, sex/porn addictions, STI’s, sexual shame from mistakes or from a skewed understanding.

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Katrina Gulbrandsen, Creative Director & Project Coordinator of The Tea & Thread Exhibition

The exhibition Tea & Thread: Portraits of Middle Eastern Women Far From Home invites the Australian public to engage with the lived experiences of refugee women from the Middle East through story-telling and photography, interactive cultural workshops, and dialogue events.

How does your initiative relate to the ENGAGE category?
I have designed this exhibition and the related events to create space for interpersonal engagement among women of different faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds. The project will enable cross-cultural conversation as well as deep personal reflection, with the aim of fostering empathy and action in welcoming refugees in our communities. It also relates to the DO category: Trying to follow the example of Jesus, this project demonstrates love and support for the vulnerable and the stranger. It increases the visibility of refugee and migrant women, it draws attention to their strengths, and it highlights ways in which we, their neighbours, can stand in solidarity with them.

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Philippa Lowe & Susan Sohn, Co-Founders of Ministry of Sex (MoS)

Ministry of Sex (MoS) is Christian sex education that bravely explores desire, consent, agency, mutual pleasure, contraception, addressing porn and toxic sexuality, for young, old, single or married.

How does your initiative relate to the ENGAGE category?
MoS seeks to ENGAGE Christians and non-Christians in a conversation about sex and pleasure that makes the gospel intelligible and approachable. Like Jesus, it’s counter-cultural. People rarely expect Christians to have robust, open, engaging dialogue about sex! It also relates to DO for social justice and mercy: our aim is to address sexual violence and the impact of porn, offer online counselling and fund church counsellors. Further, we seek to amplify the work of others in this space – the business acumen to monetise the site and our experience in profile building means we can aggregate and platform other specific ministries.

 

CATEGORY: IDEAS

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Sono Leone, Founder and Director of Strong Women Talking – Marigurim Mubi Yangu

Strong Women Talking looks at domestic violence through an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lens and focuses on preventing violence, by delivering culturally sensitive domestic violence prevention workshops. Strong Women Talking has a vision to break the cycle of violence once and for all. We are grass roots community women who have a passion to serve and empower our communities. It is important our women can talk about these issues and educate ourselves and our younger generations.

How does your initiative relate to one of ADM’s FORM, ENGAGE or DO categories?
Our organisation relates to ADM's DO ministry area as Strong Women Talking is also meeting vulnerable women in their place of need to provide social and spiritual support to rise up from this place of despair and hopelessness. We are also helping direct women to the love of God in Christ Jesus that can help them through unforgiveness. We are providing a safe place for women and children to help them flourish and grow while being nurtured and supported through the process.

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Suzanne Spence (pictured) & Suzanne Arnold, Leaders of The Child Safe Church

The Child Safe Church has a vision to see the church as a leader in child safety. We are developing learning solutions to help churches in Australia to drive a child safe culture without worrying about the cost and resources required for specialists to make the significant modifications required by law early 2019.

How does your initiative relate to one of ADM’s FORM, ENGAGE or DO categories?
Firstly, with regard to justice, every child has the right to go to church in a safe and nurturing environment. Child abuse is a crime and should be treated as such. Secondly, with regard to public engagement, the church should involve families and the community in its approach to child safety, and relevant policies and practices . They should help inform parents and carers about safeguarding children and encourage their feedback and input. They should be empowered to drive conversations regarding child safety and how and where they can raise issues and concerns.

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Sharna Lovell, Founder of Arts Care International

Arts Care International provides Christ centered care to the Arts & Entertainment Industry through Chaplaincy support & value based programs. The purpose of Arts Care International is to provide holistic care to individuals in the Arts Industry. Furthermore, Arts Care International exists to shape and change the Arts Industry culture through role modelling a culture of care in the Arts & Entertainment Industry.

How does your initiative relate to one of ADM’s FORM, ENGAGE or DO categories?
This initiative relates primarily to ENGAGE: We engage with society; we are missional; we create a safe place for people; and we have been involved with supporting women throughout the "Me Too" Campaign as they wrestle with sexual harassment and assault in the industry.

 

Categories

FORM

The FORM (theological formation) category is for organisations or initiatives that are seeking to reorient people to Christ to be formed by him. Ministry and mission work fits here, as well as projects in the broad areas of theological education and formation. We’re looking to hear from women who are leading innovative initiatives to point people to Jesus and build them up in their faith and imitation of him. Tell us about how you're doing this through your initiative or organisation and who you are passionate about serving.

ENGAGE

The ENGAGE (public engagement) category is for organisations and initiatives that seek to engage our neighbours as public and friend with the good news of Jesus. It includes initiatives designed to enrich the capacity of Christians to make the gospel intelligible and to create pathways for them to do so. It’s OK to get creative here too! We’re keen to hear from women leading innovative projects in any sphere of work or culture – from arts initiatives through to public events, from media platforms through to projects engaging our neighbours in various professions, communities or industries. Tell us about what you think needs to happen next in this space and how you’re doing it.

DO

The DO (mercy & justice ministries or mental health & pastoral care) category is for organisations or initiatives that seek to do justice and mercy, expressing God’s character to the vulnerable and oppressed by tackling poverty, exclusion and violence. This category also encompasses projects working with an applied theology of ministry, including (for example) in areas such as mental health and pastoral care. We’re looking to hear from women leading initiatives to inspire faith in action. Tell us about who you are serving and how you’re doing it.

IDEAS

The IDEAS category is for women with an idea for an organisation or initiative that has not yet been created. Bring your visions and dreams of the possibilities, and take this great opportunity to sharpen your idea and test it out in a supportive community.


Awards

First Place: $25,000 (awarded to one applicant from any of the FORM, ENGAGE or DO categories)

Category Awards: $12,500 (awarded to the two other category winners from FORM, ENGAGE or DO)

$1,000 to all others who pitch (in all four categories of FORM, ENGAGE, DO and IDEAS)

In addition to cash prizes, the three category winners of FORM, ENGAGE and DO at the Annual Funding Event will become part of the 2019 cohort of The Hub at ADM. In 2019, the Hub will be an invitation-only mentoring program designed to enable entrepreneurial Christian women to take their initiatives to the next level. Across the year, the Hub cohort will gather several times for mentoring events, for which participants’ travel and accommodation will be covered. Exceptional lead coaches and mentors will join the Hub cohort at these events, providing personally-tailored professional development and opportunities for each woman’s project. Hub participants in 2019 will also be matched with a mentor, with whom they will meet monthly over phone. And, like ADM Fellows, Hub participants will receive free, priority access to ADM’s Engage program.   

Please note that First Place and Category Award winners must be in a position to receive their prize within the current financial year, as the funds will not be held beyond that time.

 

The funding allowed us a bigger, more public platform and saw us pose eternal,
faith questions in a public setting.
— Hailey McQueen, Clock & Spiel Productions. Overall Winner, 2016 Annual Funding Event

The Hub

THE HUB AT ADM

The Hub is a community for Christian women who are developing a project, initiative or organisation. In 2016, ADM formed a partnership with Seed to make their program available to The Hub community. Seed was established by John Beckett and a team who wanted to help people integrate their God-given purpose in all areas of their life and work, especially in sectors beyond those traditionally related to 'Christian work' . For example, what might it look like for a Christian in fashion, or finance, or property, or architecture to more fully align their lives, as well as their products, services of strategies they create, with God's purposes?

The Hub program at ADM provides Christian women with essential training to develop an initiative, as well as one-to-one mentoring and guidance, and a nurturing Christian community in which to incubate their initiative. Seed's curriculum will help those selected to:

  • Discover (or rediscover) God's purposes for the world, and get clarity about how their own purpose aligns with God's purpose;

  • Imagine a new future for their particular community, workplace or culture that is more aligned with God's purposes;

  • Design a product, service or strategy for change that aligns with God's purposes and leads toward the new future; and

  • Create their product, service or strategy and turn it into a reality.

DETAILS

The 2018 Hub program begins in February and runs until the end of November. The program includes fortnightly group coaching sessions at ADM in Sydney (two hours on Tuesdays), the opportunity to work alongside your cohort in the ADM offices, and three one-day intensives (in February, May and October). 

ADM is providing four full scholarships for the program, and in 2018 we are also offering four paid places at a much-reduced cost of $1,000.


THE HUB CLASS OF 2018

 

ADM is excited to welcome seven talented women into The Hub 2018 for a year of training, mentoring and personal and professional development. Get to know them, and their innovative ideas, below …

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Penny Attwells

Penny has a bachelor’s degree in Community Development and a Juris Doctor law degree. She has 15 years’ experience working with marginalised and disadvantaged people, with the majority of the work focussing on child protection, children and families. Penny has specialised casework experience with women fleeing domestic violence. For as long as Penny can remember, she has been personally affronted by the oppression experienced by trafficked women. Her work to support these women is based on her Christian values, that all women are inherently valuable and worthy of honour and respect. Her initiative, Iysha Inc, won first place in the Mission & Ministry category at the 2017 Annual Funding Event. By taking part in The Hub, Penny wants to continue her work to bring awareness and support to women who have been trafficked in Australia.

 
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Krystyna Kidson

Krystyna was a clinical psychologist who helped people struggling with different stressors in their lives, such as mental health issues, major transitions, parenting, interpersonal problems and chronic pain. After having children, Krystyna discovered coaching – the art of coming alongside others, drawing out what God has given them, and empowering them to transform themselves or the world around them. For Krystyna, it was the perfect professional fit. Krystyna now focuses on stress mastery coaching and training (rather than therapy) for individuals, groups and workplaces. Through The Hub, Krystyna wants to develop The Paraclete Initiative, which will give God’s people the opportunity to develop stress mastery, so that when feeling overwhelmed by extreme workloads, psychological pressures, health and other concerns, they are still able to thrive and do God’s work by building up their families, ministries and communities.

 
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 Mignonne Murray

Mignonne was born in Sri Lanka, where she grew up among the sprawling tea plantations until migrating to Sydney in 1971. Mignonne became a Christian in 1983, while searching for life’s answers and direction, and soon commenced study at Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC). While at SMBC, Mignonne met her husband. After college, Mignonne lived and worked in Redfern. After getting married, she and her husband served as missionaries in Tanzania until 2003. Seeing poverty firsthand in Sri Lanka, Redfern and Tanzania led Mignonne on a path of understanding about what it means to truly love our neighbours. In 2005, Mignonne and her husband started a fair-trade business called Tribes and Nations. Their aim is to sell products made under fair-trade principles, and to increase people’s understanding of how our everyday choices affect the global poor. Through The Hub, Mignonne hopes to grow the advocacy and education arm of Tribes and Nations.

 
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Wendy Noble

Wendy is an applied linguist, currently helping researchers publish scholarly articles and compete for national research grants though her business Noble Academic Writing. She has designed academic writing programs for undergraduate, post-graduate and higher degree research students at Macquarie University, the Australian National University and the University of British Columbia, Canada. Wendy has enjoyed teaching local and international students from across the globe, and has recently joined the MENTAC program as a means of equipping her to teach ESL with Christian care to Muslim women in Sydney. Through the Hub, Wendy will develop the English for Bible & Theology Program – a semester-long course enabling Bible college students whose first language is not English to engage with scholarly English materials, in order to deepen their understanding of, and their ability to share, the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 
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Megan Presbury

Megan is an ESL and cross-cultural teaching trainer. She has a background in theatre and drama, and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling. Through the Hub, Megan aims to develop oral-based training and resources for churches who want to communicate the love of Jesus in effective and engaging ways to people from non-English speaking backgrounds. Megan will seek to provide training to church-based ESL teachers, develop Bible story lessons suitable for use in ESL classes and Easy English Bible classes, and provide interested Christians with tools to share the Gospel with anyone from non-English backgrounds. Megan hopes that being a part of The Hub will help her equip the Church to understand how orality can improve communication and gospel engagement in any cross-cultural context, including local churches, global mission and theological education.

 
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Deborah Vickers

Deborah is a Christian mother of two children, who has experienced the trauma postnatal psychosis. In 2016, Deborah became a volunteer Community Champion for PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) to assist in raising awareness of postnatal psychosis. As a volunteer co-researcher, Deborah is assisting Dr Diana Jefferies and a team at Western Sydney University with a study exploring the lived experience of women diagnosed with postnatal psychosis. During her time in The Hub, Deborah will develop the online community she has created, called ‘Beyond PP in Aus/NZ’ (an idea she was selected to pitch at ADM’s 2017 Annual Funding Event). Through this community, Deborah aims to support women who have experienced PP to share their achievements, struggles, advice, resources and understanding.

 
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Maryann Webb

After completing a Bachelor in Creative Arts at Wesley Institute (now Excelsia College), Maryann completed her Masters in Teaching at Charles Sturt University. While working as a primary school teacher, she founded Project KIN (Kids In Need), a community-centred charity with a mission to help kids play and learn. As Managing Director, Maryann feels honoured to lead a team of passionate women who together ‘sew’ seeds of love and kindness into children’s lives and share a vision to see a world where every child feels loved and is given the chance to play and learn. In 2016, Project KIN was awarded first place in the ‘Mission & Ministry’ category at the ADM Annual Funding Event. Maryann hopes that during The Hub she will be able to take Project KIN into the next phase of growth, in order to provide even more children with the love and opportunities they need.

 

Read the profiles of the past Cohorts of The Hub here:


IDEAS HUB

Do you have an idea, a product or a service that you would like to test and develop?

Do you want to make sure that your idea aligns with God’s purposes?

 

ADM introduces the Ideas Hub, a one-day program which allows you to workshop your ideas for a project, initiative or ministry and explore possibilities to develop it.

“The Hub 2017 has given me a wealth of valuable gifts: new ways of seeing my project and myself; new tools for organising, planning and communicating; and new connections, both within our Hub cohort and beyond, providing real encouragement and support... and I have been energised by sharing the experience with some amazing women who are doing inspiring work.” – Dana Gruben, Hub participant 2017

The next Ideas Hub will be held on Thursday 26 July, 2018. Find out more and book.

Did you know that popular new podcast 'What She Said' was developed in the Ideas Hub at ADM? Hear what presenters Andy and Polly have to say about how the Ideas Hub helped them to turn their dream of a podcast about Christian women into a reality.