IMG_1690Last week, the Lachlan Macquarie Internship ran a three-day short course for pastors and church leaders on the outskirts of Canberra.

The aim of the program is to empower church leaders with a greater understanding of the democratic process and inspire them with the impact the church can have on society, and challenge them to think politically and strategically about issues facing Christians in Australia and around the world.

Nine church leaders attended this year's program, titled 'Engaging Politics'. They came from across Australia including Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland, and represented a number of denominations such as Baptist, Orthodox, Anglican and Presbyterian.

Speakers included:

- Nick Aroney, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Queensland's TC Bierne School of Law, and the author of the Lachlan Macquarie Internship curriculum

- Jim Wallace, Deputy Chairman and former Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby

- Lyle Shelton, Managing Director the ACL

- Nick Jensen, Course Manager and director of the Lachlan Macquarie Internship and of Leadership Development at ACL

IMG_1651Pastors had an opportunity to hear from parliamentarians from both sides of politics.

The pastor's course ran for the first time last year. Mr Jensen spoke to ACL's Katherine Spackman about the course prior to its commencement. Listen to the interview here.

Visit this link for more information and to keep informed about upcoming pastor's short courses.