NOW is the time for Christians to become more engaged in politics for the benefit of our neighbours and culture.

In the lead up to the next election, Christians should be asking themselves what they can do to make a positive contribution to the public square and the policies which may hurt or help their neighbours.

The Church And State conference is a night and day of the kind of teaching many people only dream of hearing in their church on Sundays: what does God say about the important public issues being hotly debated?

We are bombarded with dogmatic beliefs from politicians, media and activists, but is Scripture silent or vague on such ideas? Indeed, Scripture exhorts us,

“Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.”

High calibre speakers gather to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the authority and wisdom of Scripture, as well as the lessons taught by history.

Prepare to be challenged to think outside your traditional comfort zone and what the world says, and  to be refreshed by generous time for fellowship with faithful believers.

If you are serious about loving your neighbour and seeking first the Kingdom of God, do not miss the next Church And State conference near you.

Church And State Speakers

We have these speakers confirmed for coming events, and they all bring their rich experience, wisdom & understanding to help equip & inspire you.

Hon Tony Abbott AC

Hon Tony Abbott AC was Prime Minister of Australia from 2013 to 2015. He served as the member for Warringah in the Australian parliament between 1994 and 2019.

He has degrees in economics and law from Sydney University and in politics and philosophy from Oxford which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

Hon Nick Goiran MLC

Hon Nick Goiran MLC is a conservative member of the Legislative Council representing the South Metropolitan Region since 2009, and popularly re-elected 3 more times. Holding a robust pro-life and pro-family ethic, he has served W.A. as a Shadow Attorney General; Shadow Minister for Child Protection; Industrial Relations; Commerce and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence.

Rev Dr Campbell Markham

Rev Dr Campbell Markham is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of Australia serving at Scots’ Church in Fremantle. He holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia in the area of French Protestant history and translation and teaches Reformation Church History as an Adjunct Lecturer at Trinity Theological College in Perth.

Michelle Pearse

Michelle Pearse is the CEO of the Australian Christian Lobby which works strategically to lobby lawmakers and policymakers around Australia to ensure that Christian values influence the way Australians are governed and carry out business. Michelle is passionate about changing culture and transforming society through the truth of the Gospel.

Dr Sherry Sufi

Dr Sherry Sufi is an author and political commentator with academic qualifications in politics, international studies and history. His philosophy PhD thesis was on language and nationalism.

Sherry's articles have been published in The Australian, The West Australian,, The Daily Telegraph and many more including internationally.

Ps Jordan Thyer

Ps Jordan Thyer grew up in the Perth hills and worked as a chemical engineer before moving to Oxford, England, to study apologetics, and then back to Perth to study theology. He has previously worked as a youth minister, itinerant evangelist, and is now Senior Pastor at Providence Midland. He and his wife Rachel have 4 kids (and a kelpie Bandit).

Prof Augusto Zimmermann

Prof Augusto Zimmermann is Professor of Law and Head of Law at the Sheridan Institute of Higher Education, Perth. He is a fierce advocate of the Rule of Law, and the author/co-author/editor/co-editor of numerous books, including The Unlucky Country, and Deconstructing ScoMo: Critical Reflections on Australia’s 30th Prime Minister.

Maryka Groenewald

Maryka Groenewald has passionately been serving the WA community for 15 years. Fighting at the coal face of freedom and family values in a minor party long before it was cool, she has been leading Australian Christians since 2016. Maryka brings extensive experience in political campaigning, elections and community engagement.

Peter Abetz

Peter Abetz is the WA State Director of ACL and a Councillor in the City of Gosnells. He has degrees in ag’ science and divinity, and served as a pastor for 25 years in the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia. He then served as WA Liberal MP for the Southern River electorate for 9 years, and was labelled one of “God’s Squad” in the WA Parliament.

Dave Pellowe

Dave Pellowe is the Director of Church And State, a ministry founded to educate Christians about the Scriptural and historical basis for Christian influence in society & politics.

He hosts The Church And State Show, broadcast weekly on The Good Sauce, where he is also the Editor and a political and cultural commentator.

Bob McCoskrie

Bob McCoskrie is a seasoned campaigner for cultural and political reformation and the founder & national director of the peak family advocacy organisation, Family First New Zealand.

Concerned with research and education, Family First NZ offers Kiwi families a strong voice for their concerns about marriage breakdown, media standards, freedom, and the many dangerous beliefs imposed by wokeism.

Dylan Oakley

Dylan Oakley has a fire for evangelism and God’s Kingdom in his belly. He is a preacher who is learned in the Word, gifted in preaching and skilled in applying eternal Truth to the modern world.

Dylan had a long career as a professional high school teacher where, even then, he was a courageous witness to students and faculty for the Gospel and Kingdom of Christ.


There are many ways various people have speculated or insisted politics in Australia needs to be fixed. But without a reform of the hearts of voters, no change will long last.

By 1901 the overwhelming majority of Australians and politicians had voted to adopt the constitution, including the words in the preamble through which all subsequent laws must be interpreted, “Humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God.

Political reformation in our parliaments looks like politicians who don’t consider themselves the highest authority in the universe, but who return to humble reliance on God.

Before we can reform the politicians, voters must reform to also adopt such humility before Almighty God, and subsequent elections can result in politicians who reflect positive cultural reformation.

But there is little chance of reforming culture while increasingly faithless Christians and congregations and some denominations leaders rush to the opposite of spiritual reformation: doctrinal liberalism, aka progressivism, aka wokeism.

We need God.

God’s ways and thoughts are higher than any human’s; and if we pray as Jesus did, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” then we must always pursue REFORMATION.

“So many wonderful speakers with great teaching, wisdom and words of encouragement. The prayer and worship was so revitalising and of great comfort during these difficult times.”


“It was my first time attending a conference such as this and it was well beyond my expectations. Encouraging, enlightening, educational – the speakers were incredible. Thank you so much. I can’t wait for the next one.”


I joined the livestream & had the most wonderful day listening to your inspiring speakers. This was the first time I had heard of or attended a Church and State conference and I loved it. I hope to buy a copy to own.


“I was there, an experience I will never forget. The angels were worshipping with us. Speakers were excellent, awake to all that is happening in our nation. Jesus was glorified throughout the whole day and evening.”


My family thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the insights and expertise of every speaker.  It was such a feast for our souls and a truly blessed way to spend a Saturday.  We hope to get along in person next time.


The Senders’ Dinner

This special event is held immediately before or after the conference. Dinner guests make their way to a nearby venue to enjoy a sumptuous, 3 course meal with most of the CAS speakers and other VIPs.

The speakers sit with you, spread around the room and change places between courses. You can dine and converse at length with multiple speakers and ask them anything off the record!

Senders’ Dinner tickets are only $197 (previously $300), and are an opportunity to relax privately with the conference speakers. Become a Sendersending this ministry further around Australia and the internet.

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