The New and Renewing Churches department of the LCANZ is hosting the International Research Consortium’s (IRC) annual conference in Adelaide this month, including an Open Day. The IRC is an ecumenical group of mission practitioners, scholars and church leaders from around the world who study, reflect on and research ‘missional’ local churches, including new church plants, and the systems that support them.

The Open Day, which will be held on 29 June, will feature the theme ‘Riding the Waves of Change’. Guest speakers will be Rev Dr Ian Robinson, Emeritus Scholar in Mission and Leadership from the United Theological College in Sydney; Dominee Danie Mouton, Executive Officer of the Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church in the Eastern Cape in South Africa; Professor Patrick Keifert, of Church Innovations USA and Revd Canon Dr Nigel Rooms, of the Partnership for Missional Church, from the Church of England’s Church Mission Society.

The LCANZ’s Pastor for New and Renewing Churches Nathan Hedt will open the day, while Dr Tania Nelson, the LCANZ’s Executive Officer – Local Mission, will facilitate a panel discussion to conclude the event. For more details, go to

Registrations for the Open Day can be made at

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