Coffs Harbour

An Essential Event for Christians Wanting Righteous Government

Prior to the NSW election, join Bible-believing Christians from across the Mid North Coast for Church And State Coffs: an enthralling afternoon and evening of Biblical teaching and analysis on the relationship between Christians & government, and how we as believers can practically be salt which flavours & light which shines in the public square.

Following the huge success of four conferences in Qld, NSW and SA in 2022, this unique conference will include special presentations from Mark Latham, Lyle Shelton, James Macpherson, Joel Jammal, Kirralie Smith, John Ruddick, Rob Norman (ACL) and Dave Pellowe, as well as generous time for Q&A and extended conversation over afternoon tea and dinner catering.


” The Lord was amazed to see no one intervened…”


Many Scriptures like this in Isaiah 59:14-16 reveal the Church should not be apolitical (not interested or involved in politics). But what more does the Bible say about God’s people and politics, or the important public issues our communities are facing?

There is a pressing need for sound teaching on Biblical doctrines of government, church and family (specifically in relation to each other). Church And State is encouraging Christians in every electorate to carefully steward political influence as Jesus would in our place – without blind loyalty to any politician or party.

Motivated by a sincere love for our 27 million neighbours (Australia) and God’s concern for justice in the land, this ministry is encouraging Christians to use God’s Word to guide their votes & political engagement, instead of the TV, internet echo chambers or partisan agendas.

Event Details

  • When: 1-9pm Saturday, 11 February 2023
  • Where: Coffs Harbour CBD (precise details with your ticket)
  • Catering: A delicious afternoon tea and dinner are included
  • Further opportunity to help cover travel, venue & catering costs and support the ongoing ministry of Church And State will be available at time of registering and during the conference.
  • Free tickets are available to people affected by mandates or otherwise doing it tough – email for a 100% discount.
  • Jesus facing His enemies | James Macpherson
  • Family matters – the politics of disruption | Lyle Shelton
  • Intergenerational theft | John Ruddick

Afternoon tea

  • Alarmism abuses of youth | Joel Jammal
  • A Christian perspective on politics | Rob Norman
  • Christianity is good for us | Kevin Donnelly (via video)
  • Truth and love | Kirralie Smith (via video)


  • How to win the culture war | Dave Pellowe
  • School curriculum and religious liberty | Mark Latham
  • Q&A: Ask us anything | Mark Latham, Lyle Shelton, James Macpherson, Joel Jammal, Rob Norman, Dave Pellowe


*please note the program is subject to change as needed


The Hon. Mark Latham MLC is a household name with a long resume in Australian politics after he led the Labor Party federally from 2003-2005. Reinventing himself as a political commentator in various newspapers, then on Sky and then his own show, “Mark Latham’s Outsiders”, he was elected to the NSW Parliament in 2019. Strongly opposed to woke agendas and supportive of religious liberty, Mark encourages Christians to be more than spectators in the public square.

Lyle Shelton is National Director of the re-formed Family First political party. Previously at the helm of the Australian Christian Lobby through some of the toughest years including the campaign to defend marriage, he has been a regular media commentator, appearing on The Good Sauce, Sky News, the ABC’s Q&ANews Breakfast, Channel 7’s Sunrise, and Channel 10’s The Project. He is an upper house candidate in this NSW election and blogs here.

James Macpherson is a sought-after speaker and commentator. He writes daily for Rebel News, a weekly column for Sky News, and a twice weekly column for The Spectator. He appeard on Sky TV last year as a political commentator on The World According to Rowan Dean and this year has been given his own nightly show, The Late Debate.

Joel Jammal is an independent media personality & conservative commentator, heading up Turning Point Australia. He’s a proud Christian Australian of Syrian/Lebanese descent promoting respectful dialogue and intellectual honesty.

Rob Norman planted and had pastored Southland Church, Adelaide, for 27 years when he accepted the invitation to become the State Political Director for QLD/NSW/ACT at Australian Christian Lobby. A mentor to pastors, business leaders and church planters, Rob knows what it takes to promote the unity of the Body of Christ, maintain the priority of the Gospel and equip Christians to understand and engage on the important public issues being debated.

Kirralie Smith is an activist for justice and truth in the public square who speaks fearlessly about the inherent differences between boys and girls, men and women. As the founder of Binary, Kirralie challenges the aggressive agenda to remove biological sex from education, health, politics and law, and protects children from those who would seek to indoctrinate them.

John Ruddick literally wrote the book on how to sensibly reform the major right wing party in Australia – Make the Liberal Party Great Again. In a recent Spectator article, John argued, “Christianity has been Western Civilisation’s most fundamental ingredient…” and, “We would be foolish to abandon the great faith of our ancestors.” John is an upper house candidate in this NSW election.

Dave Pellowe specialises in Christian voter education as the convenor of the annual Church And State Summit and publisher of the right-thinking website, The Good Sauce. His own articles have also been published in The Spectator, Quadrant Online, and more.

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