Conference: 6 pm Friday 1st March – 4 pm Saturday 2nd March
The church is meant to be God’s love made visible to everyone. We are the physical, tangible presence of Jesus Christ in a hurting world! Crave Conference 2019 is all about reminding ourselves who we are, what our job is, and how to do it right!
There is also an opportunity to march with Crave in the Mardi Gras parade on the Saturday night (included in the Conference/Mardi Gras Package).
Speakers include Shane Clifton, Becky Bauer and Karl Hand, and our amazing worship leader: Elizabeth Plant.
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In 2015, our keynote speaker was Brandon Wallace!
Brandon Wallace grew up wearing a mask. He put it on around friends and family, and when going to work as a youth pastor in a very conservative church in Arkansas. In January of 2012, Brandon took off his mask and came out of the closet.
Straight-Face is his story – see the trailer here:
Brandon blogs at The Gay Christian
Conference 2014 featured Jennifer Knapp
Highly recognized as a premier artist in the Christian Contemporary Music genre, singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp stepped out and released a mainstream indie album Letting Go in 2010. In that same year she publicly came out as a lesbian. This noteworthy story was initially published by Reuters, The Advocate, Christianity Today and CNN.com (links below) and was quickly followed by an interview on Larry King Live and countless stories in news outlets and blogs across the world.
A controversial subject for many, Jennifer’s graceful poise and willingness to speak on behalf of LGBT people of faith has created a new role for her as an advocate. In 2011, she launched the Inside Out Faith series to engage this social justice dialogue. At these presentations, conducted mainly in Churches and Universities Jennifer weaves her narrative with her music while sharing candid revelations of her experiences as a gay person of faith.
Knapp’s impressive history includes selling over one million albums with her previous releases Kansas (debut 1998), Lay It Down (2000), and The Way I Am (2001). The Kansas-born musician has toured the globe with artists such as Jars of Clay and was featured on both the 1999 & 2010 Lilith Fair tour.
Knapp has received great critical acclaim with The Los Angeles Times calling her “a rising star” and People Magazine describing her as “an uncommonly literate songwriter.” She is the winner of 4 Dove Awards and has received 2 Grammy nominations.
Crave conference 2013 was fantastic this year. With Tim Kurek as our key speaker. Spread over 2 days, everyone united across australia for a time of Worship, Teaching, and fellowship
You can listen to Tim Kurek’s Story here.