About the event

The Student Leaders' Conference is for Year 12 student leaders. Through the Biblical themes of creation, fall and redemption, students will be encouraged to wrestle with how their faith and life connect. In 2022, the Student Leaders' Conference has a whole new vibe and is reinventing itself. Meeting in state hubs all around the country, this event will bring its student leadership conference package directly to you. 

During the Student Leaders' Conference, we hope to inspire you to:

  • think deeply about the big questions of life
  • grapple with the depth and beauty of the biblical story and
  • challenge yourself on how you think and what you think.

Our vision for the Student Leaders' Conference is that you will recognise that we all lead ourselves out of some narrative—some framework of belief. Our contention is that genuine, people-impacting leadership emerges authentically out of a life grounded in the story of scripture. Taking responsibility for this grounding is the essence of self-leadership and the foundation of Kingdom influence

We can't wait to see you there.

Event Information

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

Who is the event for?

The Student Leaders Conference is aimed at emerging 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.

Registration & Costs

There are a few different registration options for this event:

  • In person, across various states in Australia
  • On-demand, including video resources to undertake within your school

Costs for the event are as follows:

  • Student cost: $350+GST, per student
  • Staff cost: $200+GST, per staff member
  • Virutal and On-demand package: $500+GST per school

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 Ryan has been part of the CSA team since 2019 in the role of Executive Officer, SA. Mark has previous experience in leadership roles at Temple Christian College and, with degrees in both education and theology, held pastoral roles in a number of churches. Mark serves as a Director on the Board of Compass and with such an excellent grasp of biblical literacy, worldview and its application to culture, learning and vocation, is well-placed to lead CSA's national portfolio of Christian Formation.

Graham Stanton
Lecturer, Ridley College

Graham is a Lecturer in Practical Theology at Ridley College, Melbourne, and the coordinator of the Ridley Centre for Children's and Youth Ministry. He has recently completed doctoral research exploring the dynamics of Bible Engagement for the spiritual formation of teenagers in a culture of expressive individualism. Graham lives in Melbourne with his wife and three teenage 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 currently lecturing in Biblical and Practical Theology at Tabor, is an Associate Pastor at Richmond Baptist and is the Coordinator of the Baptist Churches of SA Leadership Internship. She has previously completed a Bachelor of Social Science with a focus on youth work and a Master of Divinity. She has been working in the church and Christian NGO space for the last 10 years in the areas of children, youth, young adults and justice. She loves learning new ideas and skills, reading non-fiction, listening to podcasts, collecting indoor plants and drinking coffee.

Jeff Nagle
Director, Heritage Leaders

Jeff heads up a leader-formation consultancy, Heritage Leaders and is also co-founder of anti-slavery law firm, Fair Supply. Prior to this, Jeff served as CEO of the Compass Foundation from 2017 to 2019. Jeff has worked for more than 15 years in the international development sector, serving as Chief Operating Officer with Compassion Australia and Chief Executive of International Justice Mission Australia and currently serves as Chairman of MAF Australia. Prior to this Jeff held a series of operational management, strategy and project roles with Telstra. Jeff's area of interest is the formation of leaders and teams in difficult contexts, specifically, how our prevailing narratives form the substrate of self-leadership. Jeff has qualifications in visual arts and media, education and business, and is currently completing a Masters Degree in Global Leadership through Fuller Seminary. Jeff lives on the NSW Central Coast with wife, Shelley, two teenage children and a Bernese Mountain Dog. He still thinks he's a surfer.

Matt Stackhouse

Raised in Canada and the US, Matthew has worked in Education, Business and Professional Development Training and Facilitation since settling in Australia nearly 20 years ago. An HSC Teacher, accredited PD facilitator and Department Head, he has trained and developed school leaders and educators to work effectively with their teams. As a College Chaplain and Missions Coordinator he has led teams of students to Manila, Darwin and Nepal and has served on the Board of Directors for Transform the Nations and New Hope International. Matthew holds undergraduate degrees in Business Management and Theology and a Master’s in Education. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the Wellbeing of Leaders and Educators at the University of Newcastle. Married to his wife Natalie for over 20 years, they have three spirited girls who keep them on their toes. Aside from the ocean and being with his family, he is most passionate about Jesus and leading people to him. .

"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

South Australia

Delivery: Virtual

Registrations Close: 9 February 2022


Delivery: Virtual 

Registrations Close: 23 February 2022


Delivery: Virtual 

Registrations Close: 14 March 2022


Venue: Ridley College, Parkville 

Registrations Close: 14 April 2022

Western Australia

Information coming soon


Costs for In Person Events: $350pp +GST for students and $200pp +GST for staff

Costs for Virtual Events: $500 +GST per school



On-Demand Package Available

This event is available on-demand, ie for streaming of the video resources at a date that best suits your school, in the event that you are unable to attend and meet with other schools in your respective state.

Cost: $500 +GST

This on-demand option is available until 30 July 2022.


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