Life in poor communities is hard.

The Church is a display of God's glory in the midst of a hurting community. Who will go and build healthy churches among the world's poorest communities? We define hard places as "economically and socially disadvantaged communities." Churches in hard places often share common struggles. Our goal is to equip church leaders, train indigenous believers, and develop resources to build healthy churches in hard places.


Building on the workshops presented in Sydney and Wollongong in 2017, Mez and others will present on the following sessions:

  • Discipline in Poor Communities
  • Discipleship and Mental Health
  • Counseling in Hard Places
  • Discipleship with women (Female presenter)
  • Discipleship with the Addict
  • Theological Education in Hard Places
  • Church in Hard Places network



Matthew Spandler-Davison: Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church, Kentucky, Executive Director of 20schemes

Mez McConnell: Pastor of Niddrie Community Church, Edinburgh, author of "Church in Hard Places".  Founder of 20schemes

Sharon Dickens:  Director of Womens' Ministry, 20schemes

Andrew Beddoe: Principal of Vocational Bible College


Sydney Workshop

VENUE:   St Barnabas Anglican Church, 57 Mountain Street, ULTIMO  NSW  2007

DATE:   Thursday 19 July 2018

TIME:  9:15am - 4pm (AEST)

RSVP:  Sunday 15 July 2018

ONLINE REGISTRATION:  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/church-in-hard-places-sydney-workshop-2018-tickets-43109755439

For further information contact Andrew Beddoe by email: andrewbeddoe@vbc.edu.au  


Melbourne Workshop

VENUE:   Crossculture Church of Christ, 333 Swanston Street, MELBOURNE  VIC  3000

DATE:   Monday 23 July 2018

TIME:  9am - 1pm (AEST)

ONLINE REGISTRATIONhttps://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=358896&

For further information contact Adam Ch'ng by phone: 0425 318 876 


Auckland (NZ) Workshop

VENUE:   Grace Theological College, 75 Rogers Road, AUCKLAND, New Zealand

DATE:   Tuesday 24 July 2018

TIME:  9am - 4pm (NZST)

ONLINE REGISTRATIONhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/church-in-hard-places-nz-workshop-tickets-41483256537#tickets

For further information contact Rob Morton by email: rob.morton@hastingsbaptist.org.nz  



If you would be interested in running a Church in Hard Places workshop with Mez McConnell in July 2019 please contact Andrew Beddoe at andrewbeddoe@vbc.edu.au