13 - 16 January 2025

Welcome to G8 National Conference.

The G8 National Conference exists under Christ, to gather MTS Apprentices and Trainers from the 8 states and territories of Australia to teach them how God’s Word must form their character and practice, to instill in them the MTS DNA and to prepare them for the training and ministry year ahead.

The G8 National Conference is a residential Conference for Australian Apprentices and Trainers. It will be held at The Tops Conference Centre in NSW on 13 – 16 January 2025.

Travel subsidies are available to help get all Australian Apprentices and Trainers to the G8 Conference. To apply for a Travel Subsidy, please register for the Conference first and then complete the Travel Subsidy Form

Conference video recordings will be made publicly available after the Conference on the MTS website.

Main Sessions

Be encouraged as we hear God’s Word faithfully proclaimed, delving into scripture to understand how we can serve Jesus with our whole lives.

Ministry Principles Sessions

Be taught to understand the big ideas that sit behind all the ministry we do – what drives it, motivates it and guides how we do it.


Be prepared for the training and ministry year ahead as we explore the various challenges and lessons we’ll face as trainers and apprentices.

Ben Pfahlert

Ben Pfahlert

Ben worked as a Civil Engineer in Melbourne for three years, before beginning an MTS Apprenticeship alongside his wife in university ministry from 1992-1993. He was appointed MTS National Director in 2007 and is thoroughly committed to MTS’ Vision ‘to win the world for Christ by multiplying Gospel workers through ministry apprenticeships.’

Ben and Emma have 4 adult/high school age children. He loves ordinary family dinners chatting with the kids, triathlons and history adventures with Emma on any given Saturday afternoon.

Simon Nixey

Simon serves as an associate pastor at
Crossroads Christian Church in Canberra.

He is married to Annabel and they have
 three young children.


(Frequently Asked Questions)

G8 National Conference is a 3-day annual conference that exists under Christ, to gather MTS Apprentices and Trainers to teach them how God’s Word must form their character and practice, to instil in them the MTS DNA and to prepare them for the training and ministry year ahead.

Our goals with our MTS Apprentices and Trainers are to:

  • Teach them God’s Word faithfully
  • Instil in them the MTS DNA
  • Equip them for Gospel Work
  • Network the MTS movement

In 2025, G8 will gather Australian Apprentices and Trainers across all 8 States and Territories in-person at The Tops Conference Centre, NSW. 

G8 is run by the Ministry Training Strategy (MTS).

MTS seeks to multiply gospel workers through ministry apprenticeships. We aim to help local churches and ministries identify and train gifted individuals before helping them to decide on the next step in their ministry.

We want every Christian to:

  • Be trained to be the best servants of Christ they can be through ministry apprenticeship
  • Continually grow in the knowledge and service of God
  • Train other ministry apprentices

To read more about MTS, check out our website at

G8 National Conference is for current MTS Apprentices and their Trainers from across all 8 States and Territories of Australia. 

If you are a Ministry Apprentice or Trainer from a country outside of Australia and would like to attend G8, please contact Russ Smidt, MTS Director of Training (

An MTS Apprentice is someone who is learning to do ministry in a Church, University Campus or other ministry setting, full-time over 2-3 years, guided by an MTS Trainer.

An MTS Trainer is a full-time Ministry Worker who is currently meeting with a Ministry Apprentice to minister to and with them.

Registrations for G8 2025 are now open.

Registrations for G8 2025 will close 11:59pm AEDT January 4th 2025.

To become an MTS Trainer or Apprentice, talk to a Ministry Worker in your church or Chrisian University group, or contact MTS directly. You can also read more about what is involved in MTS Apprenticeships by going to our website.

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