Christchurch Leaders Day

Christianity in Aotearoa has been in numerical decline for decades and we believe something needs to change. The answer is not adding more programmes. We need to be equipped to make disciples who make disciples, who make disciples. After all, the call to make disciples is central to Jesus' invitation to the church (Matthew 28:18-20). By imitating the words, works, and ways of Jesus, leaders can develop the rhythms and practices of discipleship that will transform you and build a discipling culture in your church.

Laidlaw Centre for Church Leadership is excited to present the Christchurch Leaders Day on November 30!

This year we have the pleasure of hosting Rev Dr Dale & Rev Edi
Stephenson along with Rev Dr Tim Piesse - all from Crossway Baptist
Church in Melbourne, Australia - where Dale has served as the Senior
Pastor since 2008. Dale and Edi know what it takes to pastor and lead in
and through complex times. One of the most compelling aspects of their
ministry is how they have cultivated a genuinely effective discipleship
culture at Crossway. Sharing
from their own journey Dale and Edi seek to resource other churches to develop a thriving
discipleship culture in their churches through their organisation BDC –
Building a Discipleship Culture – where Edi and Tim both work as
National Training Pastors.

Other guest speakers include: Rev. Dr Clint Ussher Lead Pastor of The Well & Director of Laidlaw Centre for Church Leadership, along with Dr Maja Whitaker Laidlaw’s Practical Theologian.

The day is free of charge as our gift to you.

Morning tea and Lunch will be provided. 

Where La Vida Centre - 34A Hansons Lane, Upper Riccarton
When 9:30am - 3:00pm
Cost FREE & open to the public
RSVP Via the Eventbrite Link

REGISTER HERE to secure a place for you and a colleague in leadership. Places are strictly limited.

For more information please email [email protected].

How did Jesus make disciples
Rev. Dr Dale Stephenson

Starting where God is at work
Rev. Dr Tim Piesse

Discipling People to Faith in Jesus
Rev. Edi Stephenson 

Spiritual Formation in the life of the Leader
Rev. Dr Clint Ussher

Q&A Panel
Dr Maja Whitaker

Rev. Dr Dale Stephenson & Rev Edi Stephenson
Dale, Pastor of Crossway Baptist Church, Melbourne Australia
Edi, National Leader within Building a Discipling Culture

Richard Neville Shave

Dale and Edi are committed to seeing Christians equipped and empowered with simple and replicable means to be disciples who can multiply. Their vision is to assist 10% of all Pastors/Ministers of all denominations in Australia through Building a Discipling Culture in the next decade. The light on the hill is to be a contributor to a change of the narrative of the decline of Christianity in Australia (which has been playing for seven decades now) to a narrative of the fresh growth of Christianity in the nation.


Dale is a gifted communicator, an innovative leader with an entrepreneurial spirit. He is also a converted atheist from a multigenerational secular Australian family.

Edi is a teacher and trainer, a coach of pastors and a wise and gentle spirit who helps to guide leaders of leaders. Her passion is to see all people enjoy intimacy with Jesus and to be effective multiplying disciples.

Under their leadership Crossway has seen expansive growth since January 2008. Crossway is the largest Baptist Church in Australia with about 10,000 people calling it their spiritual home. 

Rev. Dr Tim Piesse
National Training Pastor for Building a Discipling Culture

Richard Neville Shave

Tim serves as the Team Leader with Building a Discipling Culture. BDC works with over 150 churches in every state and territory (NZ as well!) and across 13 denominations with an emphasis on equipping churches and leaders in missional discipleship. He has a passion to see people living out the words, works and ways of Jesus, helping ordinary people make an impact in their communities. Tim served as Discipleship Pastor at Crossway Baptist Church from 2012-2018, making a pivotal contribution to the discipleship journey, and as Creative Ministries and Worship Pastor prior to that. He is married to Sarah and they have four children.

Rev. Dr Clint Ussher
Pastor of The Well Church, Christchurch
Director, Laidlaw Centre for Church Leadership

Richard Neville Shave

Clint is responsible for growing Laidlaw’s reputation and trustworthiness as a College for the formation of Christian leaders, within Aotearoa but focused in Christchurch. This involves facilitating engagement between Laidlaw College and churches, contributing to the Pastoral Leadership Specialisation Supervisory Team and engaging with students in this stream. He also contributes to the teaching of courses in the Practical Theology suite, particularly in the areas of leadership and formation. 

Clint holds degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv) where his studies focused primarily on missional theology before continuing doctoral work at Asbury Theological Seminary (DMin). Clint’s doctoral research, anchored in biblical wisdom, explored the exercise of intuitive wisdom among ministry leaders in New Zealand and identified ways in which intuitive wisdom capabilities might be developed.  Clint is an ordained minister of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Aotearoa-New Zealand and has served as the  Lead Pastor of The Well Church (Christchurch) since its inception in 2012. Clint is married to Jamie and they have two daughters. Together, Clint & Jamie have served in ministry for 20 years - they are passionate about seeing people encounter Jesus personally and being released into the unique Kingdom calling on their lives. Clint loves to travel and experience different cultures, is an avid runner, and loves music - playing, listening, and watching.

Dr Maja Whitaker
Practical Theology Lead, Laidlaw College

Richard Neville Shave

Maja is responsible for overseeing our growing relationships with partner churches, crafting and delivering a formational experience for our undergraduate theology students, supervising postgraduate research, and contributing to the leadership team of the School of Theology. Her research interests include the theology of the body, theological anthropology, disability theology, and eschatology. She is exploring what the Christian tradition can offer to critique and inform modern cultural ideologies about human flourishing and the body.

Maja is a pastor in the Equippers Church network and she is passionate about equipping people for life in Jesus Christ. She is married to Dave and they have four daughters from preschool to high school age. Maja loves to spend her downtime in the garden, with a good book, or in the kitchen baking with one of her girls. She blogs on the topics of spiritual formation, parenting, and pastoral theology at www.somewhitespace.blog