What is South West Queensland Christian Convention?

Hosted at the Dalby Christian College, SWQCC was started to give churches across regional areas the encouragement and benefit of gathering together as a big group. With a focus on gospel centered preaching, seminars built for rural areas and stories of Christian life from our region this is a convention for the South West and by the South West.

6pm Rego opens

730pm Keynote Session One – Thabiti Anyabwile (Kid’s Movie being shown) 
830pm – Close

830am Rego
9am Keynote Session Two (Kids & Creche Program Provided)
1100am Keynote Session Three (Kids  & Creche Program Provided)
1230pm Lunch
2pm Free 
4pm Seminar Slot 1 (Kids & Creche Program Provided)
530pm Dinner
630pm Keynote Session Four Q&A (Kids & Creche Program Provided)
8pm Close

9am Seminar Slot 2 (Kids Program & Creche Provided)
10am Keynote Session Five/Communion (Kids & Creche Program Provided)
12pm Close


put together with regional queensland in mind

You’ll have the opportunity to do two seminars over the weekend. Seminar signup will happen when you register at the convention.


Rob from Dirranbandi

Rob Hemming lives in Dirranbandi with his wife Sally. Rob is always up for a chat, and is especially interested in sharing with others how to be a Christian in the everyday workplace. He is a keen water-skier and enjoys spending his free time with family and friends.

The Holy Spirit in the churcH

Gary from Brisbane

Gary Millar serves as Principal of Queensland Theological College in Queensland, Australia. He teaches Old Testament, Biblical Theology, and Preaching, and has authored or contributed to several books including on the Holy Spirit. Gary is married to Fiona, and they have three daughters.

Crafting Small group culture


Brad Dewson along with his family (wife Sharna and three kids) live in Goondiwindi, where he is the minister of the Presbyterian church. Among other things, Brad loves small group ministry and has a conviction that God works powerfully through the simplicity of God’s people meeting to share life and apply the Bible to the everyday.

Spiritual gifts in rural churches

John from St George

John Teunis is relational and engaging and really understands what it takes to have a thriving church in our region. He’ll be taking you through why your gifts are just what church needs.

Dealing honestly with our own contribution to a Conflict

Kathy from Brisbane

Kathy Thurston has had lots of experience dealing with conflict; in her family, as a lawyer, in her church and in other churches as part of a Church Consultancy Team. The most helpful teaching has been from Jesus in Matthew 7:3-5 where he calls us to get the log out of our own eye. That’s what this seminar is about. SATURDAY ONLY.

Gospel shaped foster care

Wendy, maDDIE & Mitch from Dalby

At different points on their Journey of being foster carers Wendy, Maddie and Mitch will tell their story of why they got involved and what it’s like. There’ll be a focus on why Christians should be foster carers and how the gospel makes a difference to it.

grief & loss: callous, curious or caring

Alison from Bell

This workshop will be a compilation of Alison Clarke’s teaching, pastoral,counselling and personal experience.It will challenge participants to draw on their existing resources as well as reflecting on thought provoking new skills. Getting to understand the wide ranging nature of grief and loss, and its impact on people, will hopefully enable participants to more confidently walk beside those who are in distress.


Gospel ministry to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Uncle Max from Cherbourg

Uncle Max Conlon is currently serving as a Church of Christ pastor at the AIM church at Cherbourg. He is passionate about seeing people come to faith in the Lord Jesus – especially those from ‘his mob’. Uncle Max has a wealth of experience in understanding how the Gospel can be spoken into and through culture

Evangelism to teens

Derek & Jodie from St George

Derek and Jodie have ministered in the St George Family Church for the last 5 years. They have led youth groups together for the past 25 years and love to see young men and women come to faith, and come to Christian maturity through the saving work of Jesus.

you can change – how christ brings transformation


Dave Thurston’s been in gospel ministry since 1985. Ministry can often seem as if it is just about the transfer of Biblical information but God wants us to be transformed in Christ. Understanding how God has made us is the key to understanding how transformation takes place. SATURDAY ONLY.

Tricks for tricky kids

Meryl from brisbane

Meryl Webber spent years running a large kids ministry and is now a teacher at a state school in Brisbane. She loves kids and sharing the love of Jesus with them. In this seminar she’s going to get really practical on how to manage challenging behaviour in kid’s ministry.

preaching for beginners

phil from brisbane

Phil Campbell’s faced years of sharpening from his wife who lets him know when his sermons are terrible. After decades of ministry, including 10 years in a small town, helping others learn to preach is a passion for him. This seminar will give those who preach every now and then clear and practical advice on how to keep people focused on the word of God when you preach. SUNDAY ONLY.



What about kids?

A Kids & Creche program will be offered during the Saturday & Sunday morning and Saturday evening sessions and also during the seminar slots. Friday night there is no program and Sunday morning the kids will be welcome to join the main session.

What about High Schoolers?

High Schoolers are welcome at every session. In 2019 we’re running a special seminar focused on teaching youth leaders how to do youth evangelism.

What about food?

Registration includes a light dinner on Friday night, morning tea on Saturday and Sunday, and lunch and dinner on Saturday. If you have special dietary requirements leave a message in the registration process.

Thabiti Anyabwile

Thabiti Anyabwile (MS, North Carolina State University) is a pastor at Anacostia River Church in southeast Washington, DC, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He’s the author of several books, including What Is a Healthy Church Member?, Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons, Reviving the Black Church, and others. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

Early Bird Regular (Until May 6)

Adult $60
High School $15 
Primary School $10
Below school age Free

Regular (May 7-Jul 14)

Adult $70
High School $20
Primary School $15
Below school age Free

Sunday only

Adults $10
Others Free


You can buy tickets for convention right here.

Just pick your tickets, scroll down inside the ticket box and click ‘Order Now’.




In order to make the convention sustainable to organise, everyone who attends has to arrange their own accomodation.

A number of local Dalby motels and parks are offering a 10% discount when you mention the convention.

Mid Town Motor Inn - 4662 6400
10% two night booking

Dalby Christian College

Registration and the main part of convention is held in the Auditorium at Dalby Christian College. The kids, creche and Citizens programs are held at various locations throughout the school.

The street address is 2A Mary street.

The SWQCC committee would like to thank the college for their generous support of the convention.

Derek Schiller
St George

Derek is the minister at St George Family Church and a member the Assembly of Confessing Congregations within that denomination. He has a passion for seeing the gospel of Jesus proclaimed in rural and regional areas.

Mitch Smart
Chairman - dalby

Mitch is one of the ministers at Dalby Presbyterian. After moving into the region in 2016 he’s excited to be part of something to encourage churches in the bush.

Anna Pateman
treasurer - goondiwindi

Anna’s a special education teacher at Goondiwindi high. She grew up going to conventions just like this and is looking forward to bringing people together.

Erik Liljegren

Erik’s the minister at Chinchilla Church of Christ. Having moved to the Darling Downs from Canada for his wife, Erik has come to love the region and seeing people live for the Lord Jesus in regional towns.

Maddie Smart

Maddie’s a full time mum to three little girls. She loves seeing ordinary people sticking with Jesus through life’s everyday trials. With experience in event management she’s helping the committee with details and design.

Adam Pateman

Adam’s a teacher at Goondiwindi High. After understanding Grace for the first time from the book of Romans he’s always wanted to see Grace preached again and again. He likes coloured popcorn and ride on lawnmowers.

Jodie Schiller
St George

Jodie’s in partnership with Derek in ministry in the Family church in St George. Jodie’s passionate about evangelism and doing ministry in the mess of life with women. In her spare time she’s being a mum to three kids and playing netball.