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History of Arrow Australia
In July 1994 the Australian committee of the Lausanne movement held a conference for emerging Christian leaders in Melbourne. It was led by the Rev Stephen Hale and the Rev Karl Faase. The conference brought together 300 key emerging and senior leaders from around Australia.
Arising out of the conference was the conviction that there was a need for an ongoing training program for young emerging leaders that could assist them to keep developing as leaders as they continued in ministry.
It was decided to explore the model of the Arrow Leadership program in North America that had been developed by Leighton Ford for just this purpose and see how we might adapt it for the Australian context. Karl and Stephen visited the American program and on their return in 1995 Arrow Australia was set up and The Rev Peter Corney invited to become the first director and to develop the program. The first director of mentoring was The Rev John Mallison and the first chair of the Board was The Rev Stephen Hale. The first class graduated in 1996 and The Rev Leighton Ford was the guest speaker at the graduation.
In 2002 Peter Corney retired and Karl Faase became the new director and Sandy Jones took over the director of mentoring role from John Mallison. In 2007 the Board conducted a major review and redesign of the curriculum and decided to extend the program. The Rev Julian Dunham was then appointed as the full time program director to implement the new curriculum and enable the expansion of the program. In 2011 Mr George Savvides became the chair of the Board and planning has begun to develop a Business and professional leaders stream.
We aim to continue to be Australia's peak body for Christian leadership development for high potential leaders. We believe leadership is a key to the future of the Christian mission in Australia.
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