Electives and Speakers

Charles de Jongh – Anchored in Scripture
Charles is a lecturer at Malyon College in Brisbane, commencing in 2007, and is the current Academic Dean. Charles was raised in South Africa and initially worked as an air traffic controller in the South African Air Force. Charles pastored a church in South Africa before becoming a lecturer. Charles’ expertise is in biblical and youth studies and will be running an elective on the importance of Scripture in deepening our Christian character for lasting leadership.

Today, more than ever, Christian leaders will need to ensure that they are soundly anchored to ensure that they honour God and impact the world. While much attention is being given to various dimensions of Christian leadership, one that needs to be emphasized is the challenge to be anchored in the Scriptures as the primary source of Christian living and understanding. This elective will consider why the Scriptures are critical to Christian leadership and ministry, and how such anchoring is vital to the future of Christianity and Christian ministry.


Dan Sweetman – Taking Control of Your Time and Habits

Dan is the current senior pastor of Lifepoint Church Brisbane. Dan has had various experience and leadership roles in television, marketing and fundraising prior to becoming a pastor. Dan is also on the neoLeader board. We’re excited to have Dan share with us how to take control of our time and habits to become deep charactered leaders anchored in Jesus.

A challenging fact of life is that we are defined by what we actually do, not what we want to do! (see Matthew 21:28) Most of what we do every day is actually automatic, it just ‘happens’, because habits power our lives more than intentions do. A life of deep character ANCHORED in Jesus must then be a life anchored in the habits and way of life of Jesus. For many of us, all the best commitments, sermons and small groups in the world have little impact on our regular day because we struggle to change the imbedded habits of our life. This elective will start with a personal survey on your day, and will then provide 4 practical strategies to taking control of your life and becoming the ruler of your time and habits instead of letting them run your life for you. 


Peter Janetzki – Hazards of Ministry and Leadership: Surviving and Thriving

Peter is a well-known and nationally acclaimed counsellor who has a passion for working with adults and adolescents, empowering them to reach their potential. He has a broad range of experiences dealing with issues around relationships, marriage, sexuality, parenting and personal development. For many years hosted a talk-back radio program on Brisbane’s 96five station called ‘Talking Life’, looking at weekly issues and hot topics. In addition to his counselling and education work, Peter now provides small businesses, corporations and Government departments a unique view few in Australia possess. This view has been developed over 30 years of his work in roles as a class teacher, youth worker, counsellor, educator and lecturer.

Peter is married to Neroli and they have two adult daughters and a son-in-law. Peter is also a passionate Brisbane Lions Supporter and a keen surf fisherman

In 1984 Richard Blackmon’s research of a 1000 Ministers in California across four denominations (Presbyterian, Methodist, AOG & Episcopalian) was received with shock by the Christian community when it revealed that there are significant challenges to those serving in ministry. The Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development revealed that from 1989 to 2006 revealed that…over 70% of pastors are so stressed out and burned out that they regularly consider leaving the … 35% to 40% of pastors actually do leave the ministry, most after only five years.  This presentation will cover what the research says about ministry being hazardous, as well as what we can do to survive these challenges but go on and thrive.


Melinda Dwight – Learned Lessons in Leadership

Melinda Dwight is the National Director of Alpha Australia, previous Chair of the William Wilberforce Foundation and Harvest Bible College. Melinda has been an ordained minister with the ACC for 25 years and previously served as the Senior Pastor of a thriving church for 15 years.  She has also served on the Victorian ACC State Executive, was previously on the board of ACCI and Youth Alive Victoria, and she also sits on the Hillsong Board since 2016. We’re excited to have Melinda as our key note speaker, panelist and elective speaker this year at neoLeader.



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Riverlife Baptist Church | 22 September 2018 | $30