Equipping churches to flourish in secular environments


Kingdom Building through the Word


Keynote speaker: Joshua Ryan Butler
Date: Saturday 2 March 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 
Location: NewHope Baptist Church, 3-7 Springfield Road, Blackburn North
Cost: $60 per person or $45 for students I Seats are limited

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Many of us feel that way. It’s as if God’s gone missing, out in the universe somewhere—and we must pick up the hunt, following any trail of breadcrumbs we can to go find him. We speak of “searching for God,” “exploring spirituality,” and “finding faith.”
But what if we have it backward and God is the one pursuing us? What if our job is not to go find God, but to stop running and hiding? Not to discover the light, but step out of the shadows? Not to earn God’s love, but simply receive it?
Jesus reveals a God who comes after us, who is on the prowl, hunting down his world for reconciliation. And the question we’re left with is not whether we’ve been good enough, jumped high enough, or sought hard enough…

The question is,


Joshua Ryan Butler loves helping people who wrestle with tough topics of the Christian faith and this year, he joins us as the keynote speaker and teaches us how to explore the Bible, allowing scripture to read us.

About Rebuilders

Rebuilders is an initiative started by Red Church to help Churches, leaders, and believers grapple with the issues presented by an increasingly secular society. We firmly believe God is preparing to move and is rebuilding His Church with particular building blocks to enable her to flourish in a post-Christian, secular world. These blocks include:

WORD: a high view of scripture which leads to life in the kingdom, orienting our place in God’s salvation history
SPIRIT: Grounded in the word are also Spirit-led: mobilised, empowered and dependent in and on the Spirit
CULTURE: can articulate, interpret and speak prophetically into contemporary culture
LEADERSHIP: have a leadership that is deeply formed and able to lead oneself, others and other leaders
DISCIPLESHIP: are equipped in showing their people how to follow Jesus, and forming deep disciples and leaders
MISSION: advancing the gospel throughout our neighbourhoods, cities and the nations
MOVEMENT: multiplying disciples, leaders, and churches; fulfilling the great commission

Rebuilders run training seminars annually to equip churches to flourish in secular contexts by creating strong foundations out of these building blocks.

For more information contact red@redchurch.org.au

Speaker Bio

Joshua Ryan Butler is an author and also the Pastor of Teaching & Direction at Redemption Church in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to preaching and teaching, he is passionate about foster care, human trafficking and homelessness, developing international partnerships in areas like clean water, HIV-support and church planting. This perspective helps his speaking and writing “hit pavement,” connecting rich theology with the down-to-earth realities of our world. Joshua’s wife Holly, daughter Aiden, and sons Torin and Jake enjoy spending time with friends over great meals and exploring their beautiful little patch of the world. 

Joshua Ryan’s breakout book: The Skeletons in God’s Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War (Thomas Nelson: October 2014), was named “New Author of the Year” finalist by the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association and “Best Popular Theological Book of 2014” by Christianity Today contributor Andrew Wilson. His work has achieved critical acclaim from both conservative and progressive sides of the theological spectrum, including his most recent: The Pursuing God: A Reckless, Irrational, Obsessed Love That’s Dying to Bring Us Home (Thomas Nelson: May 2016).


 They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendour. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated.

Isaiah 61:4


Questions? Contact red@redchurch.org.au