Meet Oxygen Speaker: Zack Eswine

Pastor and award-winning author, Zack Eswine, will speak at Oxygen, a 4-day conference retreat for leaders and workers in Christian ministry. 

We are thrilled to announce that Zack Eswine will speak at the Oxygen conference this August. Hosted by Katoomba Christian Convention (KCC), Oxygen exists to refresh workers in their zeal for God and the work that He has called them to do. This year, Zack will speak on the topic, “Reshaping Our Hearts for the Work We Do”, with a focus on what it means for Jesus to be our wisdom. 

Zack currently serves as the lead pastor of Riverside Church in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of Preaching Today’s book of the year, Preaching to a Post-Everything World (Baker, 2008), as well as The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus (Crossway, 2015), which in 2016 received Christianity Today’s book of the year in the church/pastoral leadership category. He and his wife Jessica have four children. 

Get a taste of his teaching here: 

  1. Significance in the Ordinary 

    Within God’s plan, is there such a thing as “ordinary” in life? Zack Eswine shares his struggles with ambition and influence as a pastor, and how losing his pastor friend to suicide and a breakdown in his marriage led him to reassess his faith, goals and identity in pastoral ministry.  
  1. Avoiding Burnout: Caring for Our Souls  

Achieving a balanced approach to ministry is not always easy, and each year the expectations and responsibilities seem to just pile onto anyone in ministry. In this seminar, Zack shares the biblical principles around burnout, plus his own learnings in over 25-years of ministry about busyness, rest and balance in Christian ministry. 

  1. Interview: How to Find Joy in Our Limitations 

In this interview during the COVID-19 pandemic, L-T Hopper and Zack Eswine share how we can find joy in our ministry limitations as we walk with Jesus.

Check and Reshape Your Heart at Oxygen 

Workers in Christian ministry dedicate their lives to teaching, encouraging and serving others, but who teaches, encourages and serves them in return? When was the last time you truly slowed down to check your heart for ministry?  

Whether you are new to ministry or have been labouring for many years, we invite you to join us at Oxygen to be refreshed by God’s word, and to return to your ministry with a renewed passion for the work He has called you to do.   

Dates: 15-18 August, 2023 

Venue: StayKCC conference centre, Blue Mountains, Katoomba 
Over four unrushed days, delegates will be served with a quiet, focused space to hear God speak and to rest and reflect in nature. God’s word will be opened each morning and evening, and delegates will be equipped through practical sessions aimed at nurturing and cultivating a “God-shaped” heart.   

Registrations are now open for you and your ministry team. Standard ticket pricing is available from now until July 18, 2023. Your ticket includes the full in-person conference program from Tuesday to Friday, booklet and fantastic catering (morning teas, lunches and a special final night supper). On-site, catered accommodation is also available.   
For more information on tickets, speakers, program and the group discount rate visit our website: 

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