Harvest Research Conference


Promoting practical theology to equip leaders who are actively engaged in Christian ministry.

The annual research conference of Harvest has been running since 2012, with the goals of stimulating research within and beyond the College and giving faculty, students and visitors a place to present the results of their research into ministry areas. We’ve investigated themes such as “Redefining Christian Ministry for 21st Century Contexts” (2012), “Multiple Perspectives on Ministry” (2013), “Cultural Perspectives on Ministry” (2014), “Church and Ministry: a Contemporary Voice” (2015) and “Can Theology be Practical?” (2016) and many of the papers were reshaped for journals and even a book.

With this purpose in mind, we launched our Journal of Contemporary Ministry in 2015 to provide an extra, more permanent, record of the research presented at the conference as well as research from “outside.”

This year we will explore the work of the Holy Spirit and ministry in a world that is frequently confused about, or resistant to, Christian mission.

Harvest 7th Annual Research Conference – August 24 & 25, 2017

The Holy Spirit and a Post-Mission World

Our keynote speaker this year is Professor Amos Yong, Director of the Centre for Missiological Research and Professor of Theology and Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary, USA. Amos is a leading Pentecostal theologian, a prolific author and a speaker on a wide range of topics including Pentecostal theology, religions, science and faith, and disability theology.

Program contents

Professor Yong will give two keynote addresses around the conference theme. Then a number of scholars (postgraduate students and lecturers from Harvest and other colleges and ministers) will present papers during both days of the conference. These papers will address topics linked to these areas:

  • The Holy Spirit and ministry or mission
  • Ministry and mission in a changing and even hostile world
  • The changing nature of Pentecostalism
  • Religious tensions in today’s world

For the first time, we are holding a conference dinner on the Thursday night, August 24.

Venue: “1330” (1330 Ferntree Gully Rd, corner of Janine St, Scoresby, VIC 3179) and Harvest Bible College (1 Keith Campbell Crt, Scoresby, VIC 3179)
Time: 9 am to 4.30 pm both days
Dinner: Thursday, August 24 at 6.30 pm (venue TBA)

Registrations close on Friday, August 18. Early Bird prices valid to July 1.

Enquiries to Dr Jon Newton, Harvest Bible College, P.O. Box 9183, Scoresby, VIC 3179 or to jnewton@harvest.edu.au / +61 3 8799 1154.

Registration for the Conference