About the Church And State Summit
The annual Church And State Summit started in February 2018 with the Hon John Anderson OAM (former deputy PM) as the keynote speaker. In February 2019, high profile journalist Miranda Devine and Senator Amanda Stoker headlined the Friday night rally. Every year the large line up of speakers is always of the highest calibre, and February 2020 will be no exception.
Speakers you may have heard of include Senator Eric Abetz (federal politics), Bindi Cole Chocka (former anti-free speech activist who successfully prosecuted Andrew Bolt for hurt feelings), Dr Alex Deagon (acclaimed legal academic specialising in religious freedom), Bill Muehlenberg (theologian and culture commentator) and more.
2020’s keynote speaker is Dr Michael Brown, a theologian, apologist, writer & radio host. He became a believer in Jesus in 1971 as a sixteen year-old, heroin-shooting, LSD-using Jewish rock drummer. Since then, he has preached throughout America and around the world bringing a message of repentance, revival, reformation and cultural revolution. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. Author of more than 35 books, his newest book is ‘Jezebel’s War With America: The Plot to Destroy Our Country and What We Can Do to Turn the Tide‘.
In 2020 the Church And State ministry is expanding the annual Summit to include tour events in other cities which have been clamouring for the Summit to be held there. We’ll be bringing Dr. Michael Brown to Auckland, Melbourne & Sydney in the days before the Summit in Brisbane.
The program for all cities is now published here, although some changes may still happen before or even on the day.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ “
(Matthew 7, NKJV)
The founder of the nonpartisan and nondenominational Church And State Summit is Christian conservative writer & commentator, Dave Pellowe. He’s interviewed everyone from Pauline Hanson to Nigel Farage and academics to abortionists about a wide range of important public issues affecting the neighbours we’re called to love practically. Dave’s articles have been published in The Spectator Australia, Quadrant Online, Caldron Pool, Eternity News and others. He also regularly preaches in and/or hosts Church And State forums with local churches around Australia teaches faithful stewardship of our democratic freedom in a way that promotes the unity of the Body and the Gospel of Christ.
The mission of the Church And State ministry is to help Christians first be better informed about the Biblical basis for political involvement and to then be better involved in providing the imprimatur for justice and wisdom in government. Our vision is that 1,000 Christians in every electorate would resolve to take the simple political steps within everyone’s ability to proactively influence culture, motivated by obedience to Christ and love of neighbour.
“The Church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the Church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.
If the Church does not participate actively in the struggle for peace and … justice, it will forfeit the loyalty of millions and cause men everywhere to say that it has atrophied its will. But if the Church will free itself from the shackles of a deadening status quo, and, recovering its great historic mission, will speak and act fearlessly and insistently in terms of justice and peace, it will enkindle the imagination of mankind and fire the souls of men, imbuing them with a glowing and ardent love for truth, justice, and peace.
Men far and near will know the Church as a great fellowship of love that provides light and bread for lonely travellers at midnight.”
“The Church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the Church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.