This course is for you if you want to:
  • Learn how to learn another language and culture in a way that builds relationship
  • Grow your ability to build relationships as you teach English
  • Build connections with non-English speaking communities in your church’s 
    local area
  • Discern your call to ministry within another culture and language group 
click here to register for CULTURE AND LANGUAGE WORKSHOP
Course Details:
  • The course will be 4 - 8 April 2022  
  • Online (Zoom)
  • Session times are 10:00am - 4:00pm AEST 
  • 5 x 45 minute sessions per day with a hour break for lunch
  • Cost is $100 (inc GST). Baptist Mission Australia will email you an invoice.
  • Students enrolling for credit contact Whitley college. Your subject fees will incorporate Baptist Mission Australia’s fee.
  • Soon after registration you will receive online access to pre-reading articles. If you are taking the course for credit, you will have access to the readings via ARK. Readings are compulsory for those seeking academic credit, and strongly encouraged for those who are participating for interest. 
Course Facilitators:
Ian Dicks is married with two adult children. He currently lives in Melbourne where he is leading a multicultural church on mission in their community, and lecturers part-time in Intercultural Studies and Mission at Whitley College.

Ian has been an intercultural worker with Baptist Mission Australia in Malawi for 24 years, including working as a language and culture consultant, helping to facilitate others to grow their culture and language understanding. Ian continues to work as the senior editor of the Ciyawo-English Dictionary Project, which is producing bilingual dictionaries to assist intercultural team members and Yawo students. 

Caz lives in South East Asia with her husband, Dave. They have been there as intercultural team members with Baptist Mission Australia since 2000 and raised their two boys there. She works in the Education Foundation and helps learners know how to grow in their ability to build relationships and interact in increasingly effective ways in their new home. Caz is Baptist Mission Australia's Specialist for Growing Participation and serves with the team facilitators to maximise opportunities for intercultural team member to develop growing redemptive relationships. Caz continues to grow in her own redemptive participation among her host people in South East Asia.

Rebekah (Bek) Falconer lives in Mozambique with her husband Scott and five children. She is the culture and language facilitator for the Baptist Mission Australia teams in Malawi and Mozambique and part of the wider Growing Participation Team with Caz. Bek loves asking questions in a quest to gain deeper understanding (of everything) and also help others to themselves reflect more intentionally.

Bek has personal experience growing in different languages (Portuguese and Ciyawo), different locations (urban and rural) and in different life situations (single woman and then as a mother of five). Bek and her family seek to be a kingdom presence in their community, continually growing in their relationships, cultural understanding and ability to reflect Jesus in ways that are understandable and meaningful to those around them.
Testimonials from past participants:
  • ‘I was blown away by the quality of this course. It exceeded expectations.’
  • ‘This is the framework I’ve been longing for. I’m especially appreciative that the theological underpinning was powerfully presented.’
  • ‘After this course, my motivation for culture and language learning is now 10 out of 10, I can’t wait!’

Whitley College
A dynamic educational community, set within the pleasant parklands of Parkville, offering a unique study experience. Students come to Whitley for a range of purposes: as a place to engage in theological studies, and as a resource for ongoing professional development. For all, Whitley College is a community where people can grow. The community life is based upon values of respect for every individual and an encouragement for each person to grow in all aspects of life: academic, physical, social and spiritual. Some other mission subjects on offer in 2019 are Biblical Perspectives on Poverty and Transformational Development, Reading Scripture Interculturally and Understanding Islam and our Muslim Neighbours.

Baptist Union of Victoria
The aim of the BUV’s Mission Catalyst Team is to realign our churches for mission, and develop and communicate a vision for Christ-centred, Kingdom-oriented mission. There is a great need within our state for us to become more focused on the people around our churches, and for us to begin to focus on how we can reach them more effectively. Our intention is to help churches to follow the call of Christ to go out into the world and make disciples, and in doing so increase the Kingdom of God.