NTE FAQ

National Training Event (NTE) is an annual conference held in Canberra, bringing students and graduates together from across Australia and the world to be transformed by the gospel, trained in the gospel, and sent with the gospel.

Keen to come to NTE? Please fill out both forms – it will help the NTE team to care for you and ensure things run smoothly.

NTE Frequently Asked Questions

A typical day at NTE involves spending time in the morning with your strand group, made up of 12 other students from across Australia led by two staff workers who will train you in how to read and teach the bible. After lunch we’ll have campus time where everyone at the conference from Campus Bible Study will gather with the purpose of planning for NTE mission and summer. You’ll also get some free time in the afternoon before attending an elective on a topic of your choosing. After dinner everyone at NTE will gather for the night session involving singing, interviews and a bible talk by Phillip Jensen. You can then chat with people over supper about what you’ve been learning, before going to bed and repeating it all the next day!

Standard Registration closes on the 7th of November, so make sure you rego now or set a reminder in your phone so you don’t miss out!

The link to register for the conference is: nte.org.au/rego.

To help us organise transport and mission, please also fill out this form https://campusbiblestudy.org/cbsatnte

If you have an exam clash you will be able to receive a full refund for any days that you can’t attend NTE. You will just need to email nte@afes.org.au with your details before the 10th of November 2022.

If you’re asking this question, we’re excited that you’re keen to come to NTE! Transport arrangements will be arranged using the CBS NTE form at https://campusbiblestudy.org/cbsatnte. Whatever your transport situation, it would be super helpful for you to fill in the form – whether you’re organising your own lift, needing a lift, or driving yourself. This will help us to make sure everyone safely arrives at Canberra, mission locations, or Sydney.

Yes. NTE doesn’t provide tents, just the camping ground so make sure you BYO sleeping bag, sleeping mat and tent, or find a friend who has camping gear that you can camp with or borrow their gear! Pro-tip: expect rain when preparing for camping gear. This might mean using some sort of plastic container to pack the gear in.

NTE does have bathrooms with showers and all meals are provided so you don’t need to bring cooking or cleaning supplies.

The NTE dorm accommodation will be held in various locations in Canberra, likely to be in motels. This means that dorms will be offsite rather than the camping option which is onsite. Transport to and from dorms will be organised once you get to NTE.

While you have freedom to organise this, we recommend that for the sake of loving and including others you make use of the NTE accommodation options – see it as a fun family bonding experience!

Sadly financial assistance is not available for CBS students. But if this is a big barrier, feel free to talk to Sheina Chen at  (sheina.chen@campusbiblestudy.org) and we’ll see what we can do!

While it is possible to come part-time to the NTE conference or NTE mission, we highly recommend you to come to both. 

Mission is a really great way to put into practice what you have learnt from the conference part of NTE. In fact, many people find NTE mission to be the best part of NTE!

Mission involves serving alongside a partner church, with a group of other CBS students and trainees. This can involve helping out with the kids church or youth group, leafleting or door-knocking, walk-up evangelism, Christmas events, and being interviewed at the Sunday service/s. Members of our mission teams will typically be hosted by church members, who generously provide accommodation.

Please fill in the CBS NTE form at campusbiblestudy.org/cbsatnte so that the NTE team can allocate you to a mission team.

If you were planning to go on holidays, you would typically love your church by swapping serving responsibilities with someone and let them know to not roster you on. NTE mission is not a holiday, it’s a serving opportunity! So, plan to be on NTE mission and organise for someone to cover your responsibilities.

Our preference for your friends is to join their university Christian group’s NTE mission team. This helps your friends serve and partner with those they will see on their own campus. However, if there are special cases, feel free to speak with your CBS trainee or pastor. 

We’re really glad that you’re willing to try and make exams work with NTE so you can come along. We want to help you as best as we can with having the space to do your online exam.

There is currently no room that will be set apart at the conference site for people taking online exams. We cannot make any guarantees about there being a space on-site where you will have quiet, a desk to work on and a stable internet connection.

However there are other options. You could go to the ANU library (Chifley library) where you should be able to access free Wi-Fi with your zID on the eduroam network. Or, if you ask around, you might know someone who has family that could host you at their home to take your exam.

If you are struggling to make arrangements, feel free to chat with one of the trainees in your faculty who could help you come up with a solution.

As a rule of thumb, we encourage you to go through the strands in a progressive way. Start with ‘Strand 1 – Exegesis’ and work your way up to ‘Strand 5 – Teaching a Series’ (kudos if you’re able to get through all of them!).

There are however some exceptions to this rule of thumb.

Firstly it might be worthwhile skipping strands 1 and/or 2 of NTE because their content is very similar to the strands run at NextGen conference. If you have been to NextGen and already done the similar strands, you might want to jump ahead.

Secondly, if you are graduating soon and this is probably your last chance to come along to NTE, you might want to pick the strand that you think would benefit you the best. Have a chat with one of the trainees in your faculty and see what they say!

If you have more questions, please talk to your CBS trainee or shoot an email to Sheina Chen at sheina.chen@campusbiblestudy.org.

Dr. Jerome Jayasekera

Jerome was born in Malaysia, grew up in the US and spent time in Egypt. Having come to faith as a postgraduate student at uni, he loves the opportunities that uni life opens up to encountering Jesus. He is super keen to help everyone at uni, particularly postgrads and academics, find true meaning and life in Jesus. He loves spending time with his family, outdoor activities, and engaging in thought provoking conversations.

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