The Hub at ADM
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.