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Reflections from the Chairman of the Board:
Some time ago I read Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey’s “How Now Shall We Live?” One paragraph, in particular, grabbed my attention.
‘God cares not only about redeeming souls but also about restoring his creation. He calls us to be agents not only for his saving grace but also of his common grace. Our job is not only to build up the church but also to build up society to the glory of God. As agents of God’s common grace, we are called to help sustain and renew his creation, to uphold the created institutions of family and society, to pursue science and scholarship, to create works of art and beauty, and to heal and help those suffering from the results of the Fall.’
The complexity of our world can paralyse even the most committed individuals in their efforts to bring about “kingdom” change. But being an agent of godly change doesn’t mean we have to start a revolution. Change can be bought about in many small ways, wherever and whenever.
ACOM’s passion is to develop spiritual leaders who are gripped by the power of God and by a vision to transform our society. These leaders are dedicated to making situations better - more tolerable, more humane, more responsive to human needs - and, in doing so, provide individuals and communities with a direct experience of the Kingdom of God in their lives.
“ACOM’s passion is
to develop spiritual leaders who
are gripped by the power of God
and by a vision to transform our society”
ACOM works from the premise that, to transform society, we first need to transform ourselves. So, ACOM provides multiple opportunities for students to examine their self, their world, and the church in order to become effective spiritual leaders. This examination allows God to work in students’ lives, replacing self-confidence with God-confidence, and influencing students to see things from God’s perspective.
ACOM can assist you to discern the appropriate training to complement your existing skills, starting you on the process of being a change maker for the sake of the Kingdom.
Neville Cox (Chairman)
Neville was a member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Bank and a director of twenty six companies in the Commonwealth Bank Group. He has professional qualifications in Accounting, Corporate Management, Banking and Finance and Company Secretarial Management. He recently concluded as Chairman of AMP Bank Limited and is Chairman of Focus on the Family Australia, Chairman of Workventures, and a director of Christian Super and Wesley Institute.
Dr Andrew Ball
With 25 years in church ministry Andrew is currently the Executive Ministry Director for Churches of Christ in NSW, chairman of Churches of Christ in Australia, and Network Director of Southpoint Australia. Trained in Chemistry and Pharmacology his initial career was as a consultant to the Victorian Parliament, Health Department and chemicals industry. He holds a degree in Divinity and a Doctorate in Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Ray has had a distinguished career in Human Resource Management in a leading corporate throughout Australia. He has served in churches as a leader, elder and mentor. He is a member of the Conference Executive of Churches of Christ in NSW and also serves on the Finance Committee of ACOM.
Alison (BA, GradDipEd, MEd) is a University educator with 25 years experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses for domestic and international students studying on–campus, via distance education, and online. She has received Faculty and University awards for excellence in teaching. Currently, she is lecturing in Public Relations at the University of Queensland. She is also a Director of Feldman and Associates (organisational consultants) - and is on the Academic Board of ACOM.
Dennis (BA, DipEd, MA (Hons), BD) has worked for ACOM at various times since 1978 and has previously served as the Head of Theology at Wesley Institute, Registrar of the Sydney College of Divinity and Chair of the ACOM Academic Board.
Dr Peter Laughlin
Peter (BE, BTh(Hon), PhD) is currently the Director of the Alliance College of Australia, the national training college of the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Australia. He has 11 years experience in theological education.