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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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Finding Faith @ NEXT

Finding Faith @ NEXT

October 2, 2019

I thought the main reason I came to NEXT was to gain direction around my career choice. However, I soon discovered that my faith and beliefs had only ever come from others.

Developing Your Ministry is not about Technique

Developing Your Ministry is not about Technique

July 3, 2019

A new unit is being offered this semester at Whitley DP2010W / DP9010W Personal Formation for Generational Ministry. It focuses NOT on the techniques of ministry, but on the person of the minister and their formation. Here’s the details … ENROL NOW I don’t know about you, but sometimes being involved in ministry frightens the heck […]

Ash Wednesday: Befriending Fragility and the Beginning of Lent

March 6, 2019

Today is the day I get to acknowledge that I am not strong, that I am not perfect, that I am hurt, I am fearful, I am sad, I have doubts, I feel small, that I am not a person of limitless ability or competency and that I absolutely do not have it all together. […]

Study Youth and Young Adult Spirituality

Study Youth and Young Adult Spirituality

July 13, 2018

  Understand the spiritual journeys’ of young people Discover how faith begins, grows and changes across the life course Learn how to accompany young people amidst a faith crisis The Basics: This semester, we are running a class examining the spiritual lives of younger people – both youth and young adults.  It is a class […]

Adulting

Adulting

June 14, 2018

  ADULTING – it is now a verb … or participle. Like walking or swimming, there is now adulting. Adulthood has become differentiated as something that is no longer automatic. We all grow older equally, but not all grow up equally. Adulthood is not simply something that happens by virtue of age – it is […]

Faith is not my New Year’s Resolution…

Faith is not my New Year’s Resolution…

December 31, 2017

Can you feel that? A new year is coming…. For some a new year begins with fireworks of excitement and possibility, for others in nervous twitches, and sometimes it simply arrives deadpan expecting us to know what to do with it. Whatever way it arrives most of the time a new year is accompanied by […]

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