SMBC Interact: Power

SMBC Interact: Power

WHAT: An evening to interact with big ideas
SPEAKERS: Karl Deenick, Erica Hamence, Fili Lolohea, Ben Powell
WHEN: 7.00pm–9.00pm (AEST) Wednesday 19 July 2023
WHERE: SMBC Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon OR online
WHO: All those who want to engage with biblical, robust, holistic discussion
COST: Online = $10, On-campus = FREE (with registration)



SMBC InterAct evenings are about engaging with big ideas, hearing multiple perspectives on the one topic, learning from how others interact with each other, and getting inspired and involved!

They’re about biblical, robust, holistic discussion that doesn’t pretend to know it all but knows that we need each other to get the conversation happening. And, importantly, it’s about encouraging each other in ways to act on what we’re hearing, for God’s glory.

Our first topic is the not so little topic of Power: the Problems and the Possibilities – What is the place of power in Christian ministry? In what ways do we see power abused in our relationships? What are our power blind spots? How can we share and surrender power well – locally and globally?...

Come join us – on-campus or online – and bring your friends and church groups – for an evening of rich interaction to challenge your heart, soul, mind and strength.


Karl Deenick is the Coordinator of Community and Student Care and a lecturer in theology and preaching at SMBC. He served for 11 years as a pastor in Launceston, Tasmania. He is the author of several books, including Gathered Together: The Beauty of Living as God’s Church, Washed by God: The Story of Baptism, and Righteous by Promise: A Biblical Theology of Circumcision. He also hosts the Thinking Theology podcast.

Erica Hamence initially trained to be a human rights lawyer in Melbourne, but she found herself drawn to express the same desire for justice within the church. This eventually led her to ministry in Sydney where she is an Associate Minister at St Barnabas' Anglican Church, Broadway, overseeing discipleship and campus ministries. She is also the spokesperson for Common Grace's Domestic and Family Violence Justice Team.

Fili Lolohea is the Youth Pastor at Living Water Church Redfern. He is from New Zealand and was a professional NRL player with South Sydney followed by London Broncos/Harlequin RL in England. Fili is passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus with the range of people he meets in the Redfern community. He is married to Lijana, a teacher with a career history of teaching at Indigenous schools and they have three active kids.

Ben Powell, after working as a pastor in Sydney, and with a passion to reach those with little access to the gospel, moved with his family to East Asia in 2009, joining Pioneers to see churches planted among unreached people groups. He has served in a variety of leadership roles, including as a member of the International Leadership Team with responsibility for the East Asia region. Ben is currently researching the impact of power across cultures in global mission agencies, while working as the Director of SMBC’s gap year program, The Bridge.


Mark Stephens is a Lecturer in New Testament at SMBC. He has been a young adults pastor,  spent a decade teaching theology to artists at Excelsia College, and served a two-year stint as a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity. Mark has a PhD in Ancient History from Macquarie University and is the author of The End of Thinking?

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