Explore Schools

"Whoever finds me finds life." Proverbs 8:35a


There is a deep cry in each of our hearts to truly connect with God, to discover His amazing love personally and to allow Him to transform our lives so that we can follow Him without restraint. If this echoes the cry of your own heart or you desire to help others to discover this for themselves, then EXPLORE is for you!


What is EXPLORE?

EXPLORE is a series of weekend courses designed to train and equip God’s people through a journey of transformation. Ellel Ministries aims to bring Word and Spirit together in the application of teaching and ministry.

Together we will find that there is hope and help for the issues we struggle with in everyday life - issues of anxiety, stress, physical pain, emotional distress, problems in relationships, addictive behaviour and depression to name just a few. We will also discover what it really means to live with God in a closer relationship, and for God as part of His Kingdom family.

Those who journey through EXPLORE will also be equipped with keys in healing and discipleship to help meet the needs of others.

Each of the events in the series will include time for worship, biblical teaching, group discussion, activities, opportunity for prayer ministry, personal reflection and fellowship.

'If from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.' Deuteronomy 4:29


Who is EXPLORE for?
EXPLORE is for anyone who…

    • desires a deeper, closer and more meaningful relationship with God
    • knows there are issues in their life which are holding them back
    • wants to understand God’s plan for their own life so they can walk in it
    • wants to grow in their understanding of healing so that they can help others

      It is for people aged 18 to 118! It is for new Christians or those who have been Christians for decades. It does not require any qualifications... all you need is an open heart to the Lord.


      Why EXPLORE?

      In 1994 Ellel Ministries began a Modular School of teaching and ministry in healing and discipleship. This school subsequently ran at most of our centres around the world reaching thousands of people with life-transforming teaching. It has truly been one of the most effective and fruitful schools that Ellel has ever run.

      However, we never want to just keep running the same program simply because it has been effective in the past but always want to be in tune with what the Lord is asking us to do. As we considered the Modular School we felt the Lord asking us to undertake a refreshing of the material - with the same objectives and similar format - that would reflect the new things the Lord had shown us over the years.

      After two years of prayer and planning we have developed EXPLORE. We are so excited by this new program and the potential it has to enable people to draw closer to Jesus. We know that as we draw close to Him, it is in Him that we find freedom from the many things that weigh us down. We are not erasing anything that has been in the original Modular School but rather adapting it to reflect where the Lord has been leading us. Our primary objective at Ellel Ministries will always be to declare the saving love of the Lord Jesus and how true healing and freedom is found in Him alone.

      Our prayer is that you would discover this too as you join with us on a journey to explore all that God is, has done and will continue to do for each one of us. It is as we truly understand this that we can then move forward in serving Him with our whole heart and see His Kingdom come.

      EXPLORE Courses

      The following is a list of courses in the EXPLORE series...


      EXPLORE A (2022)


      Consists of 10 weekend courses as follows: 


      1. The Big Picture: Exploring God's Foundations for Life
      2. Knowing God: Exploring the Character and Nature of God
      3. God's Master Key: Exploring the Power of Forgiveness
      4. Lost and Found: Exploring the Remedy for Rejection
      5. God's Enemy Exposed: Exploring Healing Through Deliverance
      6. Inside Out: Exploring Inner Damage and Healing
      7. Knowing Me: Exploring Restoration of the Human Spirit
      8. Connected: Exploring God's Design for Relationships
      9. Sheltered: Exploring the Antidote to Fear and Anxiety
      10. Healing Workshop: Exploring Ministry Practice. A practical workshop where those who attend have an opportunity to both give and receive ministry from fellow guests on EXPLORE alongside our Ministry Team.


      EXPLORE B (2022)

      Consists of 10 weekend courses as follows:


      1. The Family Business: Living in the Kingdom of God
      2. Rewired: Exploring Beliefs and Behaviours
      3. Deliver Us From Evil: Exploring the Snares of the Enemy
      4. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Exploring how to Deal with Difficult Emotions
      5. In House Training for Explore B Students only
      6. Picking up the Pieces: Exploring Healing for Accidents & Traumas
      7. In His Image: Exploring Healing Through Creative Expression
      8. Unique: Exploring Our God-Given Identity
      9. God's Plumbline: Exploring How to Recognise & Avoid Deception
      10. Healing Workshop: Exploring Ministry Practice. A practical workshop where those who attend have an opportunity to both give and receive ministry from fellow guests on EXPLORE alongside our Ministry Team.

        What does an EXPLORE course look like?

        EXPLORE is held at Ellel Sydney on a beautiful property located in Menangle, south-west of Sydney. It is held over a series of weekends.

        Standard Weekend Format (Friday - Saturday)


        Each EXPLORE weekend will start with registration from 6.30pm - 7.30pm on Friday evening. You will have time to settle into your room and get a cuppa before the evening session starts at 7.30pm with a time of worship.


        Then on Saturday there will be a mix of worship and challenging and inspiring teaching sessions alongside times for personal reflection and group discussion time. There will also be an 'encounter' session where there will be an opportunity to respond personally to the teaching and to receive prayer ministry from our Ministry Team. The last session of the day will finish around 9.00pm.

        Optional SUNDAY:

        For EXPLORE students who would like to stay overnight on Saturday the option is available. A light breakfast on Sunday will be provided but please note that you must vacate the premises by 9.30am.

        Reception will not be open on Sunday.

        Online Option - In 2022, Ellel Sydney will be livestreaming each Explore A course via Zoom. Notes and worksheets will be emailed prior to each course along with a Zoom link. For the third weekend on Forgiveness and also for the final workshop, we ask that online students come to the Ellel Sydney base in Menangle. For more information and possible questions regarding the Explore Online School, click here.

        …So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10

        The wonderful thing about EXPLORE is that God doesn’t just work during the events themselves but continues His work during the time in-between. The EXPLORE notes booklets will also include a journal with activities, questions, worksheets and scriptures all designed to help you continue to grow and receive from the Lord in your own time.

        Each of the events in the series will include time for worship, fellowship, biblical teaching, personal reflection, group discussion and an encounter time where prayer ministry will be available.

        What are the dates?

        Please see our Current Calendar of Events.


        How much does it cost?

        There is an upfront registration fee of $40 plus you will need to pay a $25 deposit for each of the 10 courses ($250)... so before you start it will cost $290. You then pay for each course as per below.

        This initial payment will entitle you to a $20 discount per person off residential EXPLORE weekends, or $10 off for non residential. You also get the added bonus of receiving $20 discount off all residential non-EXPLORE courses (excluding guest speaker events) for the duration of the EXPLORE school, or $10 off for non-residential.  Not only that, but you also receive 10% off CDs and books for the duration of the school.

        Discounts are not available in conjunction with Early Bird offers.


        What type of accommodation do you offer?

        We offer three types of accommodation. All accommodation is shared with separate male and female accommodation and amenities.
        The prices stated are after deducting your $25 deposit and the EXPLORE discount.

        • Course & Meals Only (non-residential) $155 per person
        • Course, Meals & Budget (on-base shared, external amenities) $200 per person
        • Course, Meals & Standard (on-base shared with ensuite) $245 per person

        Please note that the final weekend of EXPLORE A and B  (Exploring Ministry Practice) is a four day course and the price is different to the previous nine weekends:

        • Course & Meals Only (non-residential) $215 per person
        • Course, Meals & Budget (on-base shared, external amenities) $255 per person
        • Course, Meals & Standard (on-base shared with ensuite) $305 per person

        Online Explore A School

        In 2022 the Explore A School will be offered as an on-base school and also as an online school. You choose which group suits you best. We ask that you stay within the group you choose for the entire school, but for the third weekend - God’s Master Key: Exploring the Power of Forgiveness and the final workshop, we will be joining together on-base for extra training.

        Please note that the online Explore A School is an interactive course live-streamed through Zoom. It will include biblical teaching, group discussion, group and personal reflection, activity times and question and answer times, as well as opportunities to both give and receive prayer ministry.

        As a result of the interactive nature of the courses, a pre-requisite for enrolling in the online Explore A School is that you have either a webcam or video function on your computer or device, and that your camera is turned on during the sessions so that your face can be seen by your fellow students, supporting teachers, group leaders and prayer ministry team.

        The price for the online Explore A School is $155 per person. This price is after deducting your $25 deposit and the EXPLORE discount.

        How do I apply?

        You can apply by ringing the office on +61 (02) 4633 8102 or you can download a registration form for EXPLORE A or EXPLORE B by clicking the link below and emailing it to info@ellel.org.au.

        Please note you must have completed EXPLORE A before signing up for EXPLORE B.