What is Focus?
Focus is a one day conference that will equip and inspire you to communicate the timeless message of the gospel to our culture. We want to see a generation rise up with creative gifts enlarged and unleashed in our world for the kingdom. Whether a church leader, pastor, designer, photographer, videographer, musician, or communications guru - this conference is for you!
The conference includes teaching from international author James Harleman (Cinemagogue) and City on a Hill Lead Pastor Guy Mason. In addition, a range of guest speakers will feature at the event.
September 14 Tickets $25
10am-4pm at Melbourne City Conference Centre inc. a break for lunch
September 14 Tickets $25
Up until recently James was a pastor at Mars Hill church Seattle where he oversaw several Christ in Culture experiments such as Film and Theology, where he sought to exegete the story of culture in light of the truth of Jesus Christ and the gospel. James is currently 'The Cinemaguy' (film reviewer and guest speaker on topics such as film, narrative and faith) and author/operator of cinemagogue.com. He is currently working on several new books, and is in the early stages of another church plant to the city of Seattle, WA.
Guy Mason is the founding pastor of City on a Hill, a church committed to knowing Jesus and making Jesus known. City on a Hill is a unique church that has enjoyed rapid growth over its five years of existence. It began with a small team and a big vision, meeting initially in an apartment, before moving to a pub, and then a cinema. It is well known for contemporary use of multimedia and creative communication in reaching out to a city known for its style. His clear and relevant Christian perspective is regularly sought by such media outlets as Sunrise on Channel 7, Triple J, The Age, The Herald Sun and City Weekly. He is married to Vanessa and is a father to three kids. He holds a B.A. in Public Relations and a Masters in Divinity. Guy is a member of the Acts 29 Network and is an ordained member of the Anglican Church.
Steve Fogg has over 20 years of hard earned experience in the creative industry as a designer, creative director and design business owner and currently leads the communications team at Crossway church in Melbourne. Steve has a Bachelor of Theology and he lives at the intersection of faith, culture, marketing and all things digital on his blog.
Bulls+Arrows are filmmakers, music makers and they love Jesus! Their passion is to provoke thought and discussion about our culture, life and God through films, music and social media. They hope to bring the message of Jesus through these means, which are both relevant and engaging for young people.
Dave May is a born and bred designer; having run a niche design studio for major record labels and music artists world-wide, he now oversees the communications ministry at City on a Hill. Dave is passionate about using contemporary methods in sharing the good news of Jesus.
Nathan Strempel spent years working with young people exploring effective methods of engagement. Upon observing their fascination with pop culture he took the bold step to embark on a media career engaging with youth. 5 years later that journey has seen him report from the London 2012 Olympic Games, endure the crazy world of reality TV and have a mic in his hand in the middle of the ground/court, hosting game days for a majority of Melbourne's major sporting codes. His experience connecting a career in sports media with regularly speaking in schools has provided him with a truckload of lessons, stories and laughs to share.
Widely acclaimed Christian Rock/Worship band, The Kingdom, have one collective desire – to bring a deeper revelation of God to the world. They don’t want people to simply hear great music, but to be inspired to action because of it. It's for this reason that these five young leaders and musicians from Melbourne are hungry to take their commission beyond the church walls.
Founder of WDC (a non-profit group that engages young people in social justice) and owner of brand consulting company, Kohlver, Sam Koh has always been an early bloomer. At the age of 15 he started working as a Junior Graphic Designer in his hometown of Melaka. With a decade's worth of experience in graphic design, marketing and branding under his belt, Sam now spends most of his time working with companies developing brand strategies and assisting with launching national and international campaigns. His corporate clients include Qantas, Sony BMG and Thankyou Water, as well as musical clients - Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, Israel Houghton and Planetshakers.
Lucy Holmes is one of Australia's most versatile media personalities. Lucy has worked heavily in the TV industry, is a well known radio host for LightFM in Melbourne, and a highly acclaimed stage performer touring the world for the last 12 years with tribute shows such as 100% Kylie.