About the event

We're back in Canberra next year!

After two years of state-based and on-demand offerings, the Compass Student Leaders' Conference is making a return to its traditional format as a national conference in Canberra. It presents a strategic opportunity to gather key student leaders from around the country, in our nation's capital, to intentionally focus on their formation.

The Student Leaders' Conference is primarily for Year 12 student leaders. Through the Biblical themes of creation, fall and redemption, students will be encouraged to wrestle with how their faith, life, and leadership connect. 

Our hope at Compass is that, as student leaders are formed by the Biblical story and its vision for life, and as they consider how they are invited to participate in God’s unfolding story for the world, they might be inspired in their leadership at school and the opportunities they will have across their lifetime. Simply put, our hope is that:

  • their imagination might be transformed
  • they might wrestle with the implications of the gospel for every facet of our culture
  • they might bring life and creativity and blessing to our world

Compass is committed to supporting schools to develop leaders with a Christian imagination. Our hope is that students in Christian schools across Australia become leaders who:

Know the Gospel. Know Culture. Translate

Event Information

The 2023 Compass Student Leaders Conference will feature a new 4-star venue, high-quality teaching from our experienced Compass faculty, visits to Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial, and the famous Compass bush dance. 

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Delivery options

In 2023, delivery will be in person and held at the Pavilion on Northbourne (242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson ACT 2602)

Who is the event for?

The Student Leaders Conference is aimed at Year 12 emerging student leaders who have demonstrated the potential to be influencers for Christ in society. Students who are willing to thoughtfully and actively engage will benefit the most. The Student Leaders Conference is open to any student in Year 12 in 2022 who wishes to thoughtfully integrate faith and life. This learning event is designed to encourage creative, thoughtful and motivated students to ground lifelong self-leadership in the truth of scripture.

Content Covered

Together we explore the following topics and themes:

  • Story and world view
  • God and Creation 
  • Being made in the image of God
  • Jesus the Christ
  • Fall and lament
  • New heavens and new earth
  • Engaging in culture and the mission of God
  • Gospel centred self-leadership

Faculty, facilitators and hosts

Compass is well known for the calibre of its teaching faculty who generously donate their time to keep costs low. Faculty are available throughout the conference and love to engage with students and teachers to go deeper.


Mark Ryan
Executive Officer, Christian Schools Australia

Mark has a background in both education and theology and has a passion for exploring the intersection of faith and culture. After beginning his career as a PE teacher, he went on to study theology and ministry at Morling College in Sydney and has since completed a Master of Educational Leadership. Mark lives in Adelaide with his wife and three children, loves all things sport, and cycling through the beautiful Adelaide hills. Mark has worked as a pastor, teacher, and Assistant Principal, and is currently an Executive Officer for Christian Schools Australia. At a national level, he is invested in the formation of students and staff in CSA schools. Mark has been involved with the work of Compass for the last 15 years, and he loves to see student leaders gather each year, explore the Biblical story, and be inspired to lead according to the pattern of Jesus – living as God’s image for the sake of others and for the whole of God’s creation.

Graham Stanton
Lecturer, Ridley College

Graham is a Lecturer in Practical Theology at Ridley College, Melbourne, and the Director of the Ridley Centre for Children’s and Youth Ministry. His latest research is exploring how young Australians experience and understand God and the stories of how those beliefs have been formed. Graham lives in Melbourne with his wife and three young adult children. Graham enjoys long distance running in order to compensate for his hobby of enjoying cooking good food or eating good food that other people have cooked. Apart from Jesus, his personal heroes include Bruce Springsteen and Leslie Knope.

Sophie Gerrie
Lecturer, Tabor College

Sophie is the Head of Undergraduate Studies for the Faculty of Ministry Practice at Tabor, lecturing in Biblical Studies and Practical Theology. Sophie has previously completed a Bachelor of Social Science with a focus on youth work, as well as a Master of Divinity. She has been working in the church and Christian NGO space for the last ten years in the areas of children, youth, young adults, justice, and pastoral ministry. Sophie loves learning new ideas and skills, reading non-fiction, listening to podcasts, collecting indoor plants, and drinking coffee. Sophie is passionate about the interplay between what we learn about who Jesus is through the Word and the way it shapes how we live. Her particular interests are in the biblical ideas of kingdom, justice and shalom. She is currently studying both Greek and Hebrew, with the view of starting doctoral studies very soon!

Jeff Nagle
Director, Heritage Leaders

Jeff heads up leader-formation consultancy, Heritage Leaders and is also campus pastor at Coast Community Church on the NSW Central Coast. Prior to this, Jeff served as CEO of the Compass Foundation from 2017- 2019 and was co-founder of ethical supply-chain analytics firm, FairSupply. Jeff has worked for nearly two decades in the international development sector, serving as COO with Compassion Australia, CEO of International Justice Mission Australia and currently serves as Chairman of MAF Australia. Jeff’s area of interest is the formation of leaders and teams in difficult contexts. Jeff has qualifications in visual arts and media, education and business, and holds a Masters Degree in Global Leadership through Fuller Seminary. Jeff lives on the NSW Central Coast with wife, Shelley, and two teenage children. He still thinks he’s a surfer.

Matt Stackhouse

Originating from Canada, Matt moved to Australia and then the US and then back and forth a bunch of times growing up, which explains his weird accent. He loves teenagers most of the time, which has helped him teach year 7-12 for 20 years. He's married to Natalie, who has been lovingly patient with him for nearly 25 years (hard to believe he’s that old!), they have three spirited girls who keep them on their toes. He’s worked as a Chaplain, helping young people explore and deepen their faith and had some pretty incredible experiences leading teams of students to Manila, Darwin and Nepal as a Missions Coordinator. Matt has degrees in Business and Theology and a Master’s in Education…but he doesn’t have a PHD like Graham and he probably won’t ever get one. Currently, he directs an entrepreneurship program that trains, equips and develops student entrepreneurs. He also sometimes gets to do some coaching and consulting with Jeff at Heritage Leaders, he absolutely loves that. As much as possible, he tries to get in the ocean, have meaningful conversations with friends, be with his family and help people gain a deeper understanding of their identity, purpose and vocation.

"The atmosphere during this conference was amazing! I am looking forward to going to school confident in my faith and knowing that I have grown closer to others in my team.”

A little about Compass

By hosting places of intensive formation, Compass aims to encourage people to:

  • Ground their self-leadership in the full arc of the Biblical story
  • Participate in God’s project of renewal in all of life’s domains, and
  • Lead just lives, marked by the sovereign order of relations between God, people and all creation.

Learn more

Compass Conference Dates

Date: 3-7 March 2023

Delivery: In Person

Venue: Pavilion on Northbourne

Registrations Close: 3rd February 2023

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Conference Costs

Students: $915 +GST

Staff: $915 +GST 

Costs include accommodation, catering and activities.

Student Leaders' Conference for Year 12 student leaders

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