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Michelle Sanders

Michelle Sanders

DMin (Fuller)

MA (Min)(Harvest)

BA (Bib Studies)(Harvest)

Cert IV TAE (ACOM)

Michelle Sanders planted an alternative style church called Kaleidoscope in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  Kaleidoscope has a focus on the arts and social justice with the goal of reaching those who would not normally step inside a church.

 In 2002, she wrote the Stepps to Ministry program, which has been implemented by many churches from different denominations both nationally and internationally.

After working for four years at the Teen Challenge Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre in Victoria, Michelle spent fourteen years on staff at the Winepress church in Berwick.  Michelle has a Doctorate of Ministry through Fuller Theological Seminary. Her thesis is “Generating Missional Conversations in the Community Using the Medium of Art.” She uses painting to engage people in conversations as well as painting to engage the message whilst preaching.

Her interest in art has translated into a push into the community through many forms of painting and art. These include Art for Justice and Art and Soul (a 10 week course teaching people who suffer depression and anxiety to paint). She uses art to work with ‘At Risk’ teenagers, children refusing to go to school, traumatized families as well as other groups. Michelle has run Art and Soul in Chicago Prisons as well as other places in America, and is currently setting up an Art and Soul program in Romania with girls who have been rescued from human trafficking. She is on the board of Abolishion, an anti-human trafficking organisation.

Main Teaching and Research Areas

Leading a Ministry Team, Missional Evangelism, Old Testament Survey, other ministry areas.

Awards & Qualifications

Full Name of Award Subject/Major area Awarding Institution and Year of Award
Doctor of Ministry Missional engagement/ Arts Fuller Theological Seminary, 2012
Masters Ministry Harvest, 2002
Bachelor or Arts Biblical Studies Harvest, 1999
Cert IV TAE 2006

Books /Manuals

Art and Soul, Generating Missional Conversations in the Community through the Medium of Art. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock 2014

Stepps to Ministry. Discovering and implementing Your Gifts. 2002

Chapters

New Frontiers: Redefining Christian Ministry in 21st Century Contexts. Mosaic Press, Melbourne, 2013

Journal Articles

Positions Held

Senior Pastor, Kaleidoscope Community Church

Abolishion, Board member

Professional Memberships

Minister, Australian Christian Churches