The Lachlan Macquarie Institute facilitates a range of programs designed to help Christians develop into public leaders. These programs are continually developing and expanding, and we are seeking to include short courses around education, media and law in the future. These are the current programs we offer:


LM Internship

The Lachlan Macquarie Internship is the Institute's core program. It is a live-in intensive which runs for a period of 14 weeks and is offered twice a year with one commencing in each of mid February and mid August. This formational course develops a wide range of attributes around faith and policy including academia, community, work experience, mentoring, public skills, and networking. The curriculum includes elements of law, history, political science, culture, media, and theology. It is designed not only for those looking to enter the political sphere, but also for cultural and church leaders looking to be more effective, grounded and faithful in their public engagement. There is no age limit on this program. Click here for the program description



Campaign Headquarters is conducted on behalf of the Australian Christian Lobby for young future leaders to spend a week thinking biblically about how they plan their life’s campaign. University-aged Christians who are seeking to understand and engage in public leadership from a biblical perspective are invited to apply to attend this six-day, live-in course. The program is a primer for developing the knowledge, skills, networks, character and foundations needed to be effective in the redemption of Australian culture and government. Campaign HQ involves instruction from some of Australia's top leaders and thinkers, within a stunning environment, within a community of next generation policy shapers. If you are a Christian aged 18-28 and looking to enter a career which impacts the public sphere, or you know of someone who might be, then check out CHQ!



Pastors Course

As part of the vision to develop leaders in public life, the Lachlan Macquarie Internship runs a program on behalf of the Australian Christian Lobby which offers pastors and church leaders an opportunity to network and discuss how the Gospel’s message can impact political and cultural leadership. Spaces are limited on this three day course to ensure an intimate teaching environment for pastors with Christian parliamentarians, researchers, law experts and theologians. This program empowers church leaders with a greater understanding of the Church/State relationship, the political and legal processes, and the social impact the church could have on society. It will challenge and better equip you to think strategically about issues facing Christians in Australia and around the world. We run these courses in July, and more information can be found here.


Ambassador Program

Successful, busy people can't always commit to three months so due to popular demand we have initiated a short program aimed at established social and professional influencers This four day course is by invitation and exposes attendees to the history, theology and strategy sure to motivate them to want to see the church bring redemptive societal change. The timing and the length of these programs are flexible, as they are catered to specific groups. For further information on this and opportunities please contact us.




Public Theology Debating Tournament

The Lachlan Macquarie Institute, participates annually in the Public Theology Debating Tournament. It provides a platform for a broader discussion around theologically relevant areas of public, political and cultural engagement. In this way it provides an opportunity for greater public engagement from theological colleges. Join some of the brightest young minds from around the country for a confluence of faith and public life. The next tournament will be held in the second half of 2018.