Shapers (previously named Emerging Leaders) purpose is to empower emerging church leaders in Australia, preparing them for evangelisation and shaping the future of the Australian Church.
Shapers invests in the current and next generation of leaders with a focus on connection, prayer, and encouragement.
Participants also have the valuable opportunity to connect with global thought leaders and engage in perspective-shifting experiences, online, locally and internationally.
Shapers offers six distinct cohorts that provide a unique journey for peers to explore the challenges and opportunities they face in their specific leadership roles as:
Senior Church Leaders
Youth & Young Adult Leaders
Digital & Creative Leaders
AIMS & OBJECTIVES OF SHAPERS BY ALPHA AUSTRALIA
To champion evangelisation and equip emerging leaders to “do the work of an evangelist”, as well as highlight Alpha as a tool for evangelisation across various contexts.
To facilitate connection and learning, learning from experienced Christian leaders in both the church and marketplace, and to listen and learn from each other.
To promote and foster unity, with respect for diversity among emerging church leaders, with the desire to strengthen relationships across Australia.
To fan into flame the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of emerging leaders and the Australian Church.
"I FOUND THAT THE VALUE OF CONNECTING WITHIN ALPHA'S EMERGING LEADERSHIP SCENE, WASN'T JUST FOUND WITHIN THE WORLD SHAPING SPEAKERS THAT I HEARD FROM, THE LIFE CHANGING RETREATS THAT I ATTENDED OR EVEN THE EXTENSIVE NETWORK OF PEERS THAT WAS FORMED. FOR ME, THE TRUE VALUE WAS, AND CONTINUES TO BE, THE CONSTANT SPIRIT OF UNITY EXPERIENCED WITHIN THE DIVERSITY OF BELIEVERS. ALPHA'S EMERGING LEADERS COHORT IS A SPECIAL PLACE. I BELIEVE GOD IS GOING TO USE THE COHORT TO EQUIP LEADERS WITH THE TOOLS NEEDED FOR THE NEXT SEASON OF LIFE AND MINISTRY."
Young Adults Pastor and podcaster,
Kings and Priests
"ALPHA'S EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM HAS BEEN A HIGHLIGHT OF MY MINISTRY. SEEING YOUNG CHURCH LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE NATION COME TOGETHER IN UNITY, VULNERABILITY, AND IN PRAYER HAS BEEN SUCH AN ENCOURAGEMENT. ALPHA CONTINUES TO REMAIN RELEVANT AND ON THE PULSE FOR THE NEEDS OF THE CHURCH AND IS LEADING THE WAY IN RAISING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CHURCH LEADERS ACROSS AUSTRALIA."
Youth Pastor, Riverlife Baptist Church
" COME HOLY SPIRIT WAS THE PRAYER OF OUR EMERGING LEADERS COHORT. IT SHAPED MY YEAR AS I FOLLOWED THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN MY CONTEXT. I'VE SEEN A SPIRITUAL REVIVAL WITHIN OUR CONGREGATION. MORE STILLNESS, PRACTISING HIS PRESENCE, FRESH IN FILLINGS OF JOY AND LAUGHTER. MINISTRY CAN OFTEN FEEL LONELY, EMERGING LEADERS CONNECTED ME WITH GENUINE RELATIONSHIPS THAT HAVE CONTINUED TO SUPPORT AND PRAY AS WE STEP OUT AND LEAD. GATHERING WITH CHURCH LEADERS ACROSS AUSTRALIA SHARPENED ME AND LIFTED MY FAITH. AN INVESTMENT THAT WILL RIPPLE FAR AND WIDE."
Youth Pastor, Hillsong Newcastle
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