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NEXT is a unmatched experience of friendship, discipleship and personal development delivered through an accredited Diploma. Quite simply, it is a year like no other, tailor made for young adults.

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Losing Heart

Losing Heart

March 24, 2017

A fascinating glimpse into children and youth ministry in the UK has recently been released – Losing Heart. Over 2000 churches of all sizes and denominations surveyed and the insight gained is intriguing. This cleverly presented and very readable research synthesizes the survey’s findings down to three big ideas: Churches, especially smaller ones, do more […]

Your Best Offer

Your Best Offer

January 18, 2017

I Hope You Find What You Are Looking For … On the day my University offer came out, you would have found me perched on top of the brick pillar that housed our mailbox, waiting for the Postie to come past on his bicycle (Yup – this was the era before online offers and text […]

I’m Lost But Looking

I’m Lost But Looking

January 10, 2017

Early January days can be the strangest of all. The days that come after the giant swell of end of year events that is late December – the Christmas season that I so deeply desire to be meaningful but often ends up a tiring experience of mayhem. That week between Christmas and New Years that […]

Avoid The “Career” Trap

Avoid The “Career” Trap

December 20, 2016

Our culture has set itself up to funnel young people into a career as quickly as it can without providing the resources and time necessary for young people to forge the required character to conduct themselves with confidence and integrity. At NEXT, you can have your career, but with Character as well.

Churches reconsidering Gospel and Culture – NYMC Podcast #2

Churches reconsidering Gospel and Culture – NYMC Podcast #2

December 8, 2016

In this PodCast, we explore how churches that reconsider their approach to gospel and culture allows them to engage with a younger generation and helps their faith to grow. But how to do this, and not lose the heart and soul of Christian faith is the trick.

#WhatILearned@NEXT

#WhatILearned@NEXT

November 29, 2016

  “I’ve been a Christian for 40 years, and I haven’t even considered half the stuff you guys are talking about… and I’m a pastor for goodness sake!” One of the most important things we do at the end of NEXT is to summarise our year – everything we have explored and discovered together – […]

Meet the Team

Rowan Lewis
Team Leader

Rowan Lewis leads the team that delivers Whitley College’s NEXT Diploma program that offers emerging and young adults a unique experience of personal development and spiritual formation within an accredited setting. He is also engaged in PhD research, exploring the ways in which religious and spiritual identity become established, lost and renegotiated in young people through their late teens and twenties.

Rowan Lewis
Mia Kafieris
Co-ordinator

Mia Co-ordinates the first year of Whitley College’s NEXT Diploma program. Mia brings to NEXT a keen interest in locating oneself in the biblical story in order to know God, know self and know others as well as a desire to creatively adapt traditional practices of liturgy in order to better integrate the life of a community with the life of Christ.

Mia Kafieris
Joel McKerrow
NEXT2 Coordinator & Lecturer in Creativity and Spirituality

Joel McKerrow is a writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets. Amongst his busy schedule Joel coordinates the NEXT2 program as well as teaching our Creativity and Spirituality elective. Based out of Melbourne, Australia he is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation TEAR Australia and was the co-founder of community arts organisation The Centre for Poetics and Justice (2010-2013).

Joel McKerrow
Stephen Said
Spirituality, Activism & Justice

Stephen is a big fan of NEXT, that is to say he is passionate about facilitating an environment where young adults can explore and experiment with the historical, social, economic and political dimensions of Christian spirituality.  Stephen is a husband, a dad, and a foundation member of the Melbourne City Football Club.  Stephen is particularly interested in radical spirituality, incarnational community and the dynamics of personal and social transformation, particularly amongst young adults. He has helped many think about the nexus between the issues of justice, poverty, consumerism and discipleship in the context of popular global culture.

Stephen Said