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Annual Funding Event


Pitch for funding to explore your idea or to take your organisation to the next level.

Are you a Christian woman leading a gospel-shaped initiative? Or do you have an idea for a new one? We want to hear about it! 

Pitch for funding for your social enterprise, ministry, community organisation, business or more. A total of $60,000 will be awarded on the day, as well as invitations to join our year-long incubator and mentoring program.

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Annual Funding Event


Pitch for funding to explore your idea or to take your organisation to the next level.

Are you a Christian woman leading a gospel-shaped initiative? Or do you have an idea for a new one? We want to hear about it! 

Pitch for funding for your social enterprise, ministry, community organisation, business or more. A total of $60,000 will be awarded on the day, as well as invitations to join our year-long incubator and mentoring program.

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Pitch for funding to explore your idea or to take your organisation to the next level

A total of $60,000 is awarded to Christian women leading gospel-shaped initiatives.

Are you a Christian woman leading a gospel-shaped initiative? Or do you have an idea for a new one? We want to hear about it! 

Pitch for funding for your social enterprise, ministry, community organisation, business or more. A total of $60,000 will be awarded on the day, as well as invitations to join our year-long incubator and mentoring program.

Check out a summary of the 2019 event.

The 2019 Annual Funding Event took place on Wednesday 4 September, followed by a Showcase Evening with a keynote address by 2019 ADM Visiting Fellow Michaela O’Donnell Long.

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Meet the women who pitched at our 2019 Annual Funding Event


Meet the women who pitched at our 2019 Annual Funding Event


Awards

Jessica Chilton

Jessica Chilton

Michelle Walker

Michelle Walker

First place in category: Ideas

Jessica Chilton & Co-applicant Michelle Walker, Foundations

We believe that offering gospel-shaped, best practice pastoral care in schools helps families to experience the love of Christ. In Jessica’s time working in and alongside schools in pastoral care roles, she has seen how the gospel of grace brings healing to families as they encounter difficulties that emerge.

We want to develop a pastoral care organisation that helps schools to inform and resource the parents in their communities. Our vision to create stronger partnerships between schools and parents in addressing a range of pastoral care issues facing children and adolescents. We want to alleviate some of strain placed on teachers and schools by distilling current research and developing best- practice resources and training. 

‘Foundations’ relates to the ADM key area of ENGAGE as we seek to help schools to engage their parent bodies by increasing their awareness about existing and emerging pastoral care issues. 'Foundations' will provide resources, seminars and workshops for parents and training for pastoral care teams in schools. We believe in the transformative power of the gospel of Jesus Christ and are convinced that developing programs and resources that are built upon biblical principles, like hope, courage, perseverance and compassion has the power to speak truth and love into an increasingly complex, isolating and anxiety-driven parenting context.

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First place in category: Prototype

Julie Somerville, R3 Resolutions

R3 Resolutions is a dispute resolution company providing the legal and insurance industries with mediation and other services that minimise the trauma associated with compensation claims. Most claimants find the process of bringing a claim lengthy, re-traumatising and ultimately an unsatisfactory way to obtain true resolution. Few experience swift resolution and restoration in a way that enables them to start rebuilding their future.

R3 Resolutions' business model relates to the DO focus area of ADM’s work. R3’s services are focussed on claims involving complex trauma and psychological harm, primarily claims involving institutional abuse, medical negligence and personal injury. People who have suffered psychologically need more than a monetary payout to experience restoration of their sense of self and justice. They need to have their experiences validated quickly so that they can start restoring their lives and rebuilding their future. Unfortunately the adversarial system is not centred on alleviating the suffering of the claimant, it is lawyer driven.

R3 has developed legal chatbots that flip the focus from an adversarial claims process to one centred on collaboration and restoration. From the comfort of their own home, a claimant can use the chatbots to simply, quickly and cheaply bring a claim and gather the key information needed to proceed to settlement discussions. The chatbot could be used to simply send a complaint letter and request an preliminary settlement discussion; or it can be used to generate a suite of correspondence and documents that will gather evidence. Initial indicators are that the chatbots could halve the average duration of a claim.

A prototype for the chatbot has been developed based on a simple institutional abuse claim, however funding is sought to retain a developer to fine tune the prototype and work with me to build prototypes for medical negligence and personal injury claims.

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First place in category: Start-up and Beyond

Sarah Crowe, 4eyes Foundation Ltd  

4eyes Foundation aims to reduce the massive burden of uncorrected refractive error in remote and developing communities (blurred vision caused by poor focus). The WHO reports that 53% of avoidable vision impairment worldwide is simply due to lack of access to spectacles. The majority of people affected are in remote and developing communities and this is for 3 reasons: lack of professional services to test for prescription, cost and geographic isolation.

The innovative 4eyes system includes a mechanism of testing for refractive error by non-professional local people, durable, quality universal frames and pre-cut lenses.

The 4eyes system has been developed over the last 18 months. Pilot studies were conducted in PNG last year with great success. In a follow-up questionnaire, 98% of respondents gave the highest rating possible to their improvement in vision, but also in improvement to their quality of life, as they were able to work, read and care for others. Many specifically stated that they were able to read their Bibles for the first time!

I appeal for funds to bring this system to two disadvantaged communities known personally to me, and which have the required infrastructure to deliver the spectacles effectively: Calauan, a church community in the Philippines, and Kupiano Village, PNG.

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People’s Choice award

Natasha Thompson, Women's Justice Network - Advisory Group

Women in/exiting prison are one of the most vulnerable cohorts of women in Australia. There are very minimal services to support these women, and often their criminal backgrounds and associated stigma prevent them from successfully starting over. Women’s Justice Network (WJN) is a female-led not-for-profit organisation that supports women and girls facing this challenge.

For WJN’s services to have the greatest impact it is crucial that our work is guided by women who have lived this journey. Therefore, this application is for the development of a Women's Advisory Group to enable them to 1) be given a strong voice in the development of the work and programs of WJN and 2) become a trusted voice to Government and other support services to advocate from real life experience as to how to provide the best possible support to women and girls in or exiting custody.

The Women’s Advisory Group is aligned with the DO focus area of ADM’s work. The Group guides the work of the organisation and supports the individual women/girls participating in the Group to gain confidence, increased skills, a support network and access to new opportunities. God’s heart is deeply inclined towards setting captives free and nothing speaks to that more than providing pathways to hope, healing and future for these women and girls. I am humbled and privileged to put my faith into action to lead this very special and ground-breaking initiative.

Natasha pitched in the Prototype Category.

Our Pitchers

Category: Idea 

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Kate Cavanough, Commonplace Communities

Commonplace Communities uses placemaking and creativity to change the way that neighbourhoods operate. I want to see flourishing communities that reflect the Kingdom of God, showing grace and mercy in our streets and neighbourhoods.

My own faith story is one where ‘I belonged before I believed,’ and so I strongly believe that the church has unique role to play in the health of their neighbourhoods and are excited to partner with ministries that take the call to be a light in their community seriously.

It is my goal to empower and equip co-creators, churches and organisations to have a greater presence in their neighbourhoods, and see change in their local area by facilitating a range of community led projects. A project may look like anything from a street party, to a community mural or garden, to a truly integrated mixed-use redevelopment.

Commonplace will assist our partners in developing a vision, a model of community development and engagement that responds to local needs and works with our partners specific strengths and resources. We co-create a vision for impact and find pathways to achieving these goals through research, engagement, training, design, and delivery of strengths-based community development processes and creative placemaking projects. 

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Fiona Moore, IT'S NOT OK Projects

IT'S NOT OK Projects exists to restore the lives of survivors of social injustices like human trafficking, sexual exploitation and domestic violence and provide hope for their futures so that they can thrive and not just survive.

Our projects provide mercy and justice to the most vulnerable members of our society. Currently we work with girls under the age of 16 in Cambodia who have been trafficked or sexually exploited in Cambodia. We provide a home where girls may find healing, wholeness, support, love, and reclaim a sense of childlike innocence. Our goal for every survivor is a successful reintegration back with her family. We work alongside each family for minimum of three years following reintegration, ensuring it's one of safety and success. We are going to expand our work with survivors of domestic violence in Australia.

We have been completing research into domestic violence support around Brisbane for the past year. In talking with DVConnect (helpline and connection point for Domestic violence in QLD), family lawyers and shelters around Brisbane there were 2 consistent needs, more safe shelters and help during transition periods (into hotels, then into shelters, then into new housing) as this is when they are most likely to return to the perpetrators of violence. While eventually we would like to open a safe shelter, we know that we can help right now in the transition periods.

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Beth Webb, Disciple Making Movement Project

Australian is becoming ever increasingly culturally diverse. However, there is a growing body of missiological research that shows western attractional church models are impeding our ability to reach many of minority ethnic groups. In response, there are a small but growing network of churches who have begun adopting disciple making movement (DMM) principles in their practice. These are a handful of well documented and widely used practices in the global south (less so in western countries) that focus on multiplying indigenous leaders and minimising cultural barriers when sharing the gospel.

The problem is, as we (at Chester Hill Anglican Church) and others have tried to apply these principles to our practice, we’ve come up against a number of barriers. Therefore, my project is creating a resource that will try and place some of these issues in a biblical framework to help move our network forward. I’m working with a business strategist (Hayson Lo) and under the guidance of Archie Poulus (Center for Ministry Development at Moore) and Simon Gillham (Centre for Global Christianity at Moore).

Category: Prototype

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Adriel Booker, Our Scarlett Stories

One in four women experience miscarriage; the number skyrockets when including other forms of related loss such as infertility, stillbirth, and more. While this type of deeply personal loss is common to the parenthood experience, there’s a disproportionate lack of resources, support, and public conversation around the issues. Grieving parents are crying out for tools to not only serve them in grief, but find Christ in the midst of their suffering. Our Scarlett Stories exists to fill this gap.

FORM. The heart of Our Scarlett Stories is to help families grieve with hope. Our tailored resources explore the nuances of grief after pregnancy loss, providing language and tools to name, validate, and work through this specific grief. We help families explore a theology of suffering and process grief in a way that encourages surrender to the spiritual formation that results from walking with Christ through deep pain. 

ENGAGE. Our story-sharing platforms (social media and website) harness the power of story-telling as a mechanism to both heal and advocate—propelling the public conversation forward in an area that has historically been shrouded in stigma. These platforms are created to be accessible to all those in need, regardless of their faith tradition or religious beliefs.

DO. Through video teaching, printed materials, online support groups, and remembrance services, we facilitate community, provide tools for grief work and formation, and resource caregivers to better serve hurting families. 

 

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Loretta Farrell, Farrell Network

Farrell Network creates content to inspire thinking and engage hearts one story at a time. Our productions spark theological conversations and expand on what it is to live as twenty-first-century Christians. If this grant is successful the pilot of “She Creates”, a documentary series that provokes theological conversations around art, beauty, motherhood and what role creative women of faith have in today’s society will be filmed ready to be pitched to network commissioners and larger funding bodies to create the full series.

FORM and ENGAGE are the backbones of the documentary series. “She Creates” looks at the role of the artist in today’s society and how their art relates to culture and church. It examines how she juggles artistic integrity, faith, family and fitting into the art world and questions what, if any, role a modern-day female artist has in influencing today’s culture in society and the church. Theological conversations with a number of leading female theologians expand on the role of women in the arts, the role of the church to influence culture through the arts and how the church relates to artist with the church and society.

Loretta’s faith in Christ and God’s redemptive heart drives the content and value of the subjects and stories she chooses to tell. She believes it’s time she makes content that has a faith purpose: Content that is more than mere entertainment or talking heads – it must be engaging, encouraging and importantly point towards God’s love, word and his beauty.

Category: Startup and Beyond

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Alison Cooke, Wild Hive Studios

There is no greater task before the global church than to train and equip leaders for the church of the majority world. Wild Hive Studios will establish an apparel-manufacturing centre in Nairobi that will provide a sustainable funding mechanism for theological education in Africa, where the population is set to quadruple in the next 90 years.

Africa’s urban population has been growing exponentially (40% in 2015 and projected to reach 60% by 2050). Rising rural poverty and the growing disparity between rural and urban incomes has led to ever increasing rural to urban migration with housing needs being absorbed by informal settlements.

An ethical youth sports manufacturer is an ideal social enterprise to create local economic growth for vulnerable and marginalised people living and working in informal settlements to be supported while undertaking theological studies. Currently there is no specific youth sports label in Australia, making it a great niche market to target sales.

The apparel-manufacturing centre amplifies ADM’s objectives in a number of ways. The primary purpose of the venture is to provide sustainable funding to see more students theologically trained to undertake ministry and lead organisations for the vast population of Africa. It also provides financial, physical and spiritual resources to those living in informal settlements across the continent. The program partners initially with the Centre for Urban Mission, which works through the local church to transform communities through holistic mission.

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 Sono Leone, Strong Women Talking

Strong Women Talking delivers culturally appropriate, prevention focused domestic violence workshops to First Nation women and children in communities. Strong Women Talking's vision is 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.

Strong Women Talking believes our organisation is in line with the DO category. We believe the best way to prevent violence from occurring is to educate women in our community what it looks like so they can put a name to it. This way we can prevent it from happening in the future. Often our First Nations women find it very difficult to access the many non Indigenous mainstream DV agencies because they are not culturally appropriate or responsive to our women.

We are grass roots women from community who are so passionate to break the cycle of family and domestic violence and the shame and stigma attached to it.

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Henrietta Lee, bella rae magazine 

bella rae is an independent Australian print magazine publishing uplifting, real stories for young women. bella rae has been printed quarterly for three years now, building on the foundation of Bella Magazine which printed 29 issues over six years since 2009.

We believe we align with ADM's priority to ENGAGE. Our stories are diverse and represent girls from all walks of life. Our publication is engaging readers who are looking for a trustworthy and informative resource. We believe God has given us this platform to uplift young people and stir up a generation passionate for truth, justice, and hope. We aim to tell stories with substance to build up strong, intelligent, grounded women. We want our readers to know they are part of this bigger picture and there is strength and growth to be found in connection with others.

We believe our publication is unique in the marketplace. While we weave Christian values throughout, offering a message of wisdom and hope, we aim to reach girls from all backgrounds. Our magazine doesn't bombard readers with lots of advertising or any body shaming, sexualised young people, swear words, celebrity gossip or sex tips. There are alternative publications for young people but they're often jammed with self-help strategies and advice, neglecting real stories which readers remember. While magazines aren't new, a physical product that encourages girls to put down their screens and reflect is important in our increasingly fast-paced culture.

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Incubator Program


Incubator Program


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Our incubator is a community for Christian women leading for-profits, charities or community initiatives seeking to do gospel-shaped work.

Involvement in the community begins with a year-long program that provides inspiration and provocations for the leaders, forming them to lead their organisations and grow their ventures. The program provides opportunities for reflection and goal-setting, models for organisational design and growth, and spurs for devotion. The community values the pursuit of God-given purpose, collaboration, sharing, critical questioning, and wholehearted leadership.

The year is organised into four thematic modules, the centerpiece of each is a retreat. Each retreat offers opportunities for devotion, provocation and inspiration, and the pre- and post-retreat assignments develop the theme further and extend the application to the venture.

Each participant has a mentor called forth to support them through the first year in the community. This is an individual matched for their experience and knowledge relevant to the participant’s industry, growth stage, personal or professional needs. The role of the mentor is to listen to the participant, reflecting back to help them understand themselves and their venture with greater depth and clarity. The mentors will also share their own experiences and frameworks. In some cases, the mentors will form part of the participants’ ongoing network.

During the first year, participants will also be supported by a chaplain who will provide spurs to devotion and theological understanding to assist in the formation of the participants as they pursue the growth of their ventures.  

Entry is by invitation and principally occurs via the ADM Annual Funding Event.

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2019 Cohort


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Bernadette Black

Bernadette is a C3 Tasmania pastor and Founder and CEO of Brave Foundation for expecting and parenting teens. Born in 1976 in Melbourne, Bernadette completed 7-10 at Loyola College and fell pregnant at 16 years old. After giving birth to a son, Damien in 1993, she continued VCE studies and graduated in 1995. She completed a Bachelor of Nursing and then a Graduate Diploma of Peri-Operative Nursing. She has also studied business and served in local government. She married Steven Black and gave birth to two more children, Baeleigh and Flynn. Her story, ‘Brave Little Bear’, based on her experiences as a teenage mother, was published in 2006. She founded Brave Foundation 2009. Read our story on Bernie.

Brave Foundation

Brave Foundation is an Australian charity that builds up the village of support and acceptance around expecting and parenting teens. It equips expecting and parenting teens with resources, referral and education opportunities to facilitate happy, healthy and skilled families. It works with up to 9,000 expecting and parenting teens through a directory of services, which refers to 500 organisations nationally, and in 2018-19 is working with 350 expecting and parenting teens through an intensive pathway plan strategy. In the intensive pathway, the expecting or parenting teen meets monthly with a mentor from pregnancy through the child’s first year. Milestones through this program include establishing three goals or aspirations, connection to education opportunities, perinatal/maternal/child health care and life skills like packing a nappy bag and socialisation. Pursuing a place-based strategy, Brave Foundation uses community collaboration and capacity building to act as a navigator, connecting and strengthening partnerships in communities with the expecting or parenting teen. Bernadette was approached by the Federal Government in 2017 to write Australia’s first strategy for expecting and parenting teens. Brave Foundation has now been awarded $4.4M to implement this social and economic strategy nationally. 

Bernadette has been honoured with awards such as Barnardos Australian Mother of the Year in 2009, Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year in 2016 and Australian of the Year for Tasmania in 2019. Bernadette has been funded by ADM to pursue professional development through an intensive leadership program at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge MA. She says, ‘I would like to see my voice and experience from Brave further support human centered policy design in the public square, enabling those experiencing heightened vulnerability in Australia (and beyond) to live purposeful, healthy and skilled lives’.

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Rachel Golding

Rachel is the Founder and CEO of Dinner on the Table, a social enterprise dinner delivery service that also gifts meals to families with caring responsibilities. Rachel is a recovering academic. She obtained her PhD on women with intellectual disabilities and their families. She has published extensively in disability and family research journals on the experiences of families living with disability. In 2014 a passion for good food, good cooking, and meaningful support for people with disabilities got a little out of hand, and Dinner on the Table was born. It was the culmination of following her passion to not only help others, but to make a tangible difference to those made vulnerable by disability in their daily lives. Research suggests that women, whether they are living with disability or not, spend significant time preparing meals for their families. For many women, the pressures of day-to-day life, including those pressures made more acute by disability, mean that time for meal preparation is lost to other activities. Dinner on the Table provides support for this daily, but important task. She is married and the mum of three sensational junior recipe testers.

Dinner on the Table

Dinner on the Table aims to challenge the way our society supports individuals with disability and those to whom they are close, usually their families. It is a social enterprise which has become the perfect solution for busy Sydney families providing ready-to-go, home cooked meals made with high quality produce, packed with nutrition, and delivered straight to the door. Each week, the kitchen team cooks delicious, nutritious dinners. Sourcing vegetables from a local farm in Wilberforce, and meat from artisan butcheries, the kitchen makes their own stocks and curry pastes.

It uses the power of the marketplace to fund the social mission. Profit from the sale of dinners is used to provide no cost meals to families living with disability. Current models of service focus on support of the individual with disability. Yet none of us are islands. Research suggests that crisis- driven family breakdown in families living with disability is often precipitated by concern regarding the unmet needs of those in a household who do not have a disability. Providing dinner meets a daily need of all householders, giving much needed time and energy back to the person responsible for meal preparation. For generations, Christian communities have recognized the power of the delivered meal to support family wellbeing. This is often supplied short term, during times of trauma or ill health. Dinner on the Table formalizes this process of caring through quality, nutritious meals, by operating to generate an income stream to support some of our communities most vulnerable over the long term. 

Creating a single service to be used identically by all of our customers (paying and gifted) is a matter of dignity. Offering gifted meals to those most vulnerable is a matter of mercy and justice.

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Jen Logan

Jen is an Australian Christian artist based in London. She came to faith in her early 20s through influences in her family, the youth group at St Clement’s Church Mosman, and conversations with John Dickson. After training and working in social work, she moved to the UK. She studied at the London School of Theology and Kings College London. She married David Logan and they have two children, a daughter Aoife (pronounced ‘eefa’) and a son, Tate. Together they live semi-commune-ally with a small church in North-West London. Read our Q&A with Jen.

Fer

Fer ('that which carries' in Latin) is a female-led initative 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. Fer is 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. Fer is trying to ground works in the lived experience of Christ-discipleship and to respond to the world today.

Fer 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, Fer’s 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.

Fer’s biggest project is Aesthetic Fast, which is designed to provide a way to broaden the range of people who are mobilised and 'conscientized' towards social justice work, particularly human trafficking.

Jen has been funded by ADM to continue her work with Fer. As she says, ‘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.’ The award will also be used to cover production costs (including paying freelance contributors) and towards some key equipment we need.

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Anna Weir

Anna 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. She received 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. Read more from Anna.

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 Fireplace is community. It is 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 trials, breakthroughs, revelations and opportunities to share Jesus in the arts industries, members of the Fireplace are modelling to one another that it can be done - that neither artistic practice nor love of God needs to be compromised to live both wholeheartedly. The purpose of The Fireplace is to validate, intercede for, and ultimately sharpen the Christian artist.

Now in its fourth year, The Fireplace has recently reached approximately 1,200 online members, and the Melbourne gatherings are averaging 40 people each month, with smaller gatherings in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and sometimes Los Angeles (with Australian expats). 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 The Fireplace now wants to meet the new needs and foster community on a national scale. The funding from ADM will be used to create a professional website, and expert resources to encourage artists and their churches. In addition, The Fireplace will 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.