We are a group of experienced church leaders who are passionate about empowering and equipping
church leadership teams.

Our Journey

For the best part of a decade, our journey of discipleship has seen genuine change in our church culture.

We have developed principles, processes and practices to see measurable qualitative and quantitative growth in personal discipleship, leadership development and missional impact. We have reframed people’s understanding of mission to release them into creative new expressions of “being and bringing the good news of Jesus” to people in their local neighbourhoods and communities.

Our experience shows that as leaders engage with a life of missional discipleship for themselves, they can then begin to develop and grow disciples around them in their leadership context. This cultural shift to missional discipleship leads to disciples who make disciples who make disciples.

"I think the most helpful thing is the warmth of people supporting, encouraging and cheering us on"

Participant, Victoria

Dale Stephenson

BDC Team Leader & Crossway Senior Pastor

Dale is a gifted preacher and teacher with a high respect for God’s Word, a proactive passion for evangelism and a strong commitment to equipping Christian leaders. Known as an innovative and positive leader, Dale has a heart to build and equip the broader body of Christ. He has a genuine Kingdom of God commitment that transcends denominational boundaries. Dale has been Senior Pastor of Crossway since January 2008 and was previously Senior Pastor at New Peninsula Baptist Church (1996–2007). He is married to Edi and they have four adult children.

Tim Piesse

National Training Pastor


Tim serves as our National Training Pastor with an emphasis on equipping churches and leaders in missional discipleship. He has a passion to see leaders living out the words, works and ways of Jesus, making an impact in their communities. Tim served as Discipleship Pastor at Crossway Baptist Church from 2012-2018, making a pivotal contribution to the discipleship journey, and as Creative Ministries and Worship Pastor prior to that. He is a highly authentic and relational leader and is widely recognised as a gifted Bible teacher and communicator. He is married to Sarah and they have four children.

Edi Stephenson

Crossway Discipleship Pastor


Edi, along with Dale, has been training and equipping pastors and their partners across the denominations nationally for the past five years. She is passionate about the Church and the potential of God at work impacting our nation. Edi joined the staff at Crossway eight years ago overseeing Life Groups and Missional Communities. She has led a number of weekend retreats for people to engage and experience some of the spiritual disciplines and to encourage them to grow spiritually. She has a passion for evangelism and to see the Church as individuals empowered to be on mission wherever God has placed them.

Our Collaborative Partners

BDC is an initiative of Crossway Baptist Church, being implemented collaboratively with churches and Christian organisations across multiple denominations.

What people have to say

“Church is not dead! There is hope! There is a simple strategy!”

— Adelaide conference attendee
“It’s so necessary to solve the discipleship problem!”

— Sydney conference attendee
“Evangelistically I have been in the desert for a few years. I have learned a new way and I’m not done. Thank you”

— Wonthaggi conference attendee
“Evangelistically I have been in the desert for a few years. I have learned a new way and I’m not done. Thank you”

— Wonthaggi conference attendee
“There is a way to purposely impact our community for Jesus.”

— Victoria conference attendee

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