QLD State Conference: IN-PERSON

QLD State Conference: IN-PERSON

Register on this page for the IN-PERSON event

Please note that the QLD State Conference will provide a live-stream option for those who are unable to make the trip to Brisbane. You can register for the live-stream option here.

2-step registration process in 2023

We are excited, this year, to introduce a 2-step registration process, which will see staff from our CSA member schools register individually for State Conference. You can find out more information in the 'How to Register' section, below.

State Conference Overview

The theme for our 2023 events is:

A Place to Grow:
The formation of practice | the practice of formation

During our 2023 State Conferences, we will look at how the Christian story speaks to and resonates within the cultural landscape of 21st Century Australia. How does a school community most effectively embody this story?

An overview of the programmed sessions is provided below and further information about the State Conference can be found further down this page:

Session 1 Focus: personal formation and the marketplace of ideas, which can seem like a battlefield, and the beauty of the Christian story through the frame of truth, suffering and success.

Session 2 Focus: the cultural waters in which we swim, and the opportunities schools have for bringing hope and meaning by teaching and living out the Christian story in a school context.

Session 3 Focus: applying the principles discussed in session 2 within individual school/team contexts.

Detailed Event Information

The Qld State Conference will be held in person at Mueller College on the north side of Brisbane (75 Morris Road, Rothwell).

An overview of the program is detailed below:

  • 8:30am Arrival
  • 9:00am Session 1: Welcome, Worship and Devotions, and Keynote 1 with Max Jeganathan (via videolink).
  • 10:30am Morning Break
  • 11:00am Session 2: Keynote 2 with Simon Smart (live presentation)
  • 12:30pm Lunch Break
  • 1:30pm Session 3: Story from Schools and Keynote 3 with Craig Groeschel (via videolink) followed by closing remarks.
  • 3:00pm Close of State Conference

Please note this program is subject to change.

Conference costs for the in person event ($75 +GST per person) will be invoiced directly to each school through the CSA accounts team.


Max Jeganathan

Max Jeganathan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity CPX. A former lawyer and political & policy adviser, Max was educated at the Australian National University and the University of Oxford and is undertaking a PhD in Law. Max speaks on the intersection between faith, culture, economics, finance, technology and moral reasoning. He has spoken in businesses, universities and political institutions, including Samsung, Lego, Goldman Sachs and Amazon. He loves movies, good wine with his wife Fiona and making his kids laugh.

Simon Smart

Simon Smart is Executive Director of the Centre for Public Christianity. A former English and History teacher, Simon has a Masters in Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver. He is the co-author of For God's Sake: An Atheist, a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim Debate Religion, and was co-presenter and co-writer of the historical documentary For the Love of God: How the church is better and worse than you ever imagined. Simon’s writing has appeared in such places as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC, The Australian, and The Guardian. He is the host of the Life & Faith podcast. He lives on Sydney’s northern beaches and is an inept but enthusiastic surfer.

Craig Groeschel

Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church, an innovative multi-site church that began in Oklahoma. Together with his wife Amy, Pastor Craig started Life.Church in a two-car garage in 1996 as a place where people could come just as they are to experience the life-changing love of Jesus. Under Pastor Craig’s leadership, the church has become known for its innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel, launching the first church online experience in 2006 and creating YouVersion, the most downloaded Bible app in history. A New York Times bestselling author, Pastor Craig has written more than 15 books on topics like marriage, prayer, purpose, church leadership, and more. His most recent book, The Power to Change: Mastering the Habits That Matter Most, was released in February 2023. Pastor Craig and Amy live in Oklahoma and have six children and five grandchildren. To learn more about Pastor Craig, visit craiggroeschel.com

Your Host, Andrew Taylor, CSA State Executive Officer, QLD

Andrew Taylor, currently serves as the Executive Officer, Qld and has over 30 years' experience in a range of leadership roles in education and has spent the last 15 years focusing on building capacity in teachers and school leaders. Andrew leads the national portfolio for School Improvement and is an experienced school improvement consultant focusing on building strong foundations that underpin all school activities.

How to Register: IN-PERSON Event

We are excited to introduce individual registration this year! Staff from CSA member schools are able to register themselves individually to State Conference. Incorporated in the registration is a 2-step registration process, which is outlined below for your information:

  1. Click "register" on the right (you will need to be signed in to your account) and follow the prompts to register (ensuring you click 'proceed to checkout').
  2. Check your inbox for an email with "Action Required:..." in the subject and click on the "url link" within this email and complete your registration by filling out the relevant fields and submitting your registration.

Once you have completed these steps, you will be registered for conference.

If you're having trouble logging in to your CSA online account or registering for this event, please contact your school admin team.

Detailed Session Information

Please refer to information below about each of the sessions being presented at the upcoming conference.

Session One: Living Faith on the Battlefield of Ideas with Max Jeganathan

In a world increasingly polarised and uncertain, the marketplace of ideas can seem more like a battlefield. How can personal formation play a role in enabling us to meaningfully engage with the big issues of the day? In this session (provided by videolink), Max Jeganathan will consider the philosophical, sociological and cultural currents shaping 21st century society. He will then set out the relevance and beauty of the Christian story through the frame of three fundamental issues that are central to our cultural moment: Truth, Suffering and Success.     

Session Two: Telling a Better Story with Simon Smart

The pace of secularisation has left many Christians feeling bewildered, defensive, and increasingly disconnected from the surrounding culture. How should we respond? Simon Smart makes the case for schools being uniquely positioned to not only proclaim but to embody a life-giving alternative to the dominant cultural narratives of our day. In this session, Simon will illuminate key aspects of the Christian story that speak to universal human longings with compelling answers that are found nowhere else. We will explore a vision of life that is not only coherent, but uniquely appealing.

Session 3: Lead like it matters with Craig Groeschel

Our relationship with God affects our leadership and influence. Our faith influences everything we do and has direct impact on others and how we lead. Formation of our faith is foundational to who we are and how we lead in Christian schools. In this session (provided by videolink), we will hear a little bit around Craig's own personal and spiritual formation/development, as well as hearing some of the principles from Craig's recent book, Lead Like it Matters, This session will specifically look at your personal formation and how to hold onto it. 

Qualify for CPD Hours

A certificate of Professional Learning (for 5 CPD Hours) will be issued following the event and accessible via your member dashboard. The event will address the following AITSL standards and newly released Christian Distinctive Focus areas:

AITSL professional teacher and leadership standards:

»  6.2 Engage in Professional Learning and Improve Practice
»  6.3 - Engage with colleagues and improve practice
»  6.4 - Apply professional learning and improve student learning
»  7.4 - Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

Christian Distinctive Focus Areas:

»  6A - Engage in professional learning which aids the development of a philosophy of Christian Education based in Biblical principles
»  7A Knowledge about and engagement with the school, its Christian ethos and vision
»  7B Contributes to the development of distinctive Christian practice in the school, profession and wider community

Want to learn more about the CSA Christian Distinctive Focus areas? Click here.


If you are needing to cancel your State Conference registration, please ensure you make contact through your school administrator. Schools may notify us of cancellations to the respective CSA state office in writing. Unfortunately, no refunds will be issued after 15 days out from the event start date. Any cancellations made after this date will be charged the full registration fee. 'No Shows' to the event will be charged the full registration fee. 

The event program is subject to change and we may not be able to provide prior notice.

Please note that registration fees do not include insurance to cover loss of any fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the event or through cancellation of the event itself.

A full refund will be issued if the event is cancelled by the organiser (CSA) due to COVID-19 restrictions or any other reasons out of the organisers control.

COVID-safe Information

We are committed to the health and safety of our member community and are following government guidelines regarding the spread of COVID-19.

Learn more about how we are keeping you safe at CSA events.


Event Sponsors

We are so grateful to our conference sponsors who have helped to make this event possible.

Platinum Sponsors

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Premium Sponsor

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Monday, 10 July 2023
8:30am - 3pm
$75 +GST per person
75 Morris Road
Rothwell 4022
5 CPD Hours
Members only event
RSVP by 16-June-2023