Every Child Belongs

Crossway Additional Needs Inclusion Conference
Thursday 17th February 2022
10am AEST – 4pm AEST

Be equipped and encouraged with practical skills to lead an inclusive children's ministry.


The “Every Child Belongs” conference is designed to be a catalyst for effective change in your local ministry and in families.

As COVID restrictions are placing extra pressures on ministry leaders right now, we’ve decided to postpone this conference.

Because every leader matters, you’re invited to join us on the 16th of September for a free 2.5-hour workshop, “Engaging with Additional Needs Families in an Online World”. You will get to hear and share practical, online strategies to help you engage with families during lockdown and encourage connection in an online environment.

We will announce a new date for the conference as soon as possible. If you’ve already registered, we will transfer your registration or provide a full refund if you’d prefer.

On behalf of families with children who have additional needs, thank you for all that you do, and for your heart to learn more.

“Engaging with Additional Needs Families in an Online World”

(2.5-hour workshop)
16th September 10am – 12.30pm AEST

Workshop Outline

10.00am – 10.10am AEST


12:20pm – 12:30pm AEST

Close and Prayer

Key Presenter Information

Ps Merryn Mann
Crossway, Children and Families
Merryn is the Lead Children and Families Pastor at Crossway Baptist Church in Melbourne. She’s been pastoring for 13 years and is passionate about about helping young people and their families grow was disciples, and helping leaders reimagine how we do ministry today.
Ps Margaret Spicer
Gracecity Church, Executive Pastor, New Zealand
Margaret is recognised for her passion and strategic leadership in Generational Ministries over the past 30 years. She is a teacher, pastor, conference speaker and leadership coach, helping churches find ways to partner with families to raise faith and a future in the next generation.
Ps Lyndelle Macdowall
Hillsong Church, Additional Needs Ministry
Lyndelle is the Additional Needs Pastor at Hillsong Church, Hills Campus (Sydney). She has over 15 years experience as a speech pathologist and pastor. She is passionate about inclusion and placing value on individuals with additional needs and their families.
Ps Jonathan Yeoh
Children’s ministry and lived experience
Jonathan has been involved in Children’s ministry for 30 years, including 11 years as a full-time children’s pastor. Jonathan also has additional needs lived experience as a parent.
Robyn Campbell
Professional Educator in Additional Needs
With many years of children’s ministry experience, Robyn plays a key role in the Crossway Additional Needs team. She provides disability support across a wide range of communities and has a passion for delivering neurodiversity education through professional development. Robyn has lived experience as a parent of three boys on the autism spectrum.
Ps Angie Lee
Crossway, Additional Needs Ministry  
Angie Lee is the heart of the Crossway Additional Needs Ministry Team, leading a now flourishing ministry that grew out of her passion to support additional needs kids and their families. She is an experienced integration aide and has an extensive corporate background and a passion to share God’s love.
Crossway Kids Team
Crossway, Kids Ministry
Chris Varney
Founder and Chief Enabling Officer, I CAN Network
Chris is founder and CEO of I CAN Network, Australia’s largest Autistic-led organisation. He has a background in children’s rights and spent 11 years with World Vision where his roles included Youth Ambassador, VGen Co-Director and Manager of Youth Supporters. Chris is currently National Patron of the Australian Association for Special Education.


10.00am AEST

Welcome/Opening Prayer

10.10am AEST

Opening Keynote: Every Child Belongs – God’s Purpose

10.40am AEST

Keynote 2: Aligning Ministry to Allow Our Kids to Win!

11.20am AEST

Morning Break/Reflection

11.35am AEST

Keynote 3: Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviours

12.35pm AEST

Lunch Break/Reflection

1:10pm AEST

Keynote 4: Elephants in the Room! Navigating Awkward Conversations

1.45pm AEST

Panel: Every Child Belongs – Practical Inclusion Methods

2.25pm AEST

Afternoon Break/Reflection

2.40pm AEST

Keynote 5: Jesus in the Sensory Room – High Needs Approach

3.20pm AEST


3.50pm AEST

Taking It Further/Closing Prayer

4.00pm AEST


“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them as the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

– Matthew 19:14

Registration Information

Conference registration includes on the day online sessions as well as access to on demand session recordings and a library of other resources post conference till end of April 2022.

Ticket Types

Online – General Admission – Australia / New Zealand / Other – $49

Online – General Admission – Asia* – $25

(Group Rate 6+ people from same church – please email angie.lee@crossway.org.au)

*Asian rates have been adjusted to cover the exchange rate differential.

All prices listed in Australian Dollars (AUD).