‘Resilience is the tiny seed that finds strength to push through the formidable ground to become a mighty tree.’

Whether you are experiencing a season of abundant growth or struggling amidst the thorns and thistles of your vocation, this conference seeks to supply ministry leaders with the tools needed to flourish.

Theologians, Psychologists and Ministry Professionals will lead workshops that will encourage you to cultivate greater resilience and strengthen you for a lifetime of Abundant ministry.

Join us in the new year as we kick off Resilience Conference.

Wed 18th March 2020
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

New Hope Baptist
Blackburn North

Mark Conner, former Sr. Minister of City Life
Grant Bickerton, Psychologist to Ministry Leaders
Kirsty Bucknell, Organisational Psychologist and Leadership Consultant
Paul Grimmond, Dean of Students, Moore College

...and more to be announced.

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Dr Grant Bickerton

PhD, MCouns Psych, BA (Hons), MAPS

Dr Grant Bickerton is a registered psychologist who has twenty years experience working in full-time Christian ministry here in Australia and overseas with Power to Change (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ). Grant’s academic and research interests have focused on the organisational, personal and spiritual variables that promote well-being in ministry.

Grant currently has a focus on the well-being and development of Power to Change missionaries, together with ongoing research with Exclesia College (Sydney) and maintaining a small psychological practice providing individual therapy and psychological assessments for those in vocational ministry.

Mark Conner

Former Senior Minister of Citylife Church, MATS (Ridley College), D. Min. (Fuller College)

Mark Conner is a motivational speaker, executive coach, and author. He has had over 30 years of experience in the church and not-for-profit world. Mark has a genuine love for people and a passion to help them grow and change.

He has a Master of Arts in Theology from Ridley College, a Diploma of Business Management, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Mark lives in Fitzroy North with his wife, Nicole. They have three adult children, three grand-dogs, and one delightful grand-child.

Kirsty Bucknell

BA, MA(Psych), MRes, FCOP, MAPS

An endorsed organisational psychologist, Kirsty specialises in leadership development, resilience and change management. Kirsty has previously worked for corporates such as IBM and PwC Consultants. More recently, she has been working with the Centre for Ministry Development, focusing on the training and development of gospel workers beyond theological college. In 2018 she commenced postgraduate studies at Macquarie University studying resilience and wellbeing in ministry workers.

Kirsty attends an Anglican Church in Sydney with her husband and their two teenaged children. There, Kirsty is involved in leading small groups and is a member of the music ministry team. Given the chance to take a break, Kirsty can be found on the netball court (with all the recommended strapping), or reading a good book!

Rev Paul Grimmond

Dean of Students, Moore College. BSc (UNSW), BD (Moore)

Paul came to know Jesus as a 15 year old through friends who shared the truth with him. He’s spent the years since learning and growing by the grace of God to live out that relationship in the ups and downs of life.

He’s married to Cathy, has three young adult children and is very thankful for his role training people for ministry as part of the team at Moore College.

Paul's research interests include pastoral issues for the general Christian public, developing resilience for ministry workers, preaching and proclamation.

10:00Plenary One Paul Grimmond – Gospel Resources for Growing Resilience
11:00Morning Tea
11:20Plenary Two Grant Bickerton - Keys to drive motivation & long term well being in ministry
1:30Plenary Three Mark Conner – Habits of Healthy Leaders
2:30Plenary Four Kirsty Bucknell - Recent advances in research into ministry resilience, reflection, and positive spiritual coping.
3:15Q & A
3:40Tea, Coffee & Networking
4:00Resilience in Ministry Research Project Launch (optional) - An opportunity to help contribute to help current and future ministers to better strengthen resilience in ministry by participating in this research project. More detail below

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Resilience in Ministry Research Project

This research project aims to explore the ways in which reflection and personal capacities might strengthen the resilience of ministry workers through training.

  • Run by researchers from Macquarie University, you’ll be introduced to some core concepts of resilience.
  • You’ll also be given information about the study’s training program.
  • If you decide to continue, you’ll be asked to complete an online survey during the session, and be given materials to take with you.

Please consider participating. It is hoped that this research will bring benefit to current and future ministers seeking to be strengthened in resilience.

What does participation in this study involve?

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to be involved in a training program designed to support resilience. This will include:

  • initial briefing session (completed at the conference): this will be conducted in person in a group format. We will provide you with information about resilience and about the study. We will also ask you complete an online survey during the session which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Please note, some items in the survey measure levels of psychological distress. Throughout the six weeks after the briefing session, you'll be asked to complete activities in a workbook which we provide to you.
  • two 20-minute coaching sessions: you will be contacted by telephone two weeks and four weeks after the initial briefing. We'll ask you about the activities you're doing in the workbook and answer questions you might have. The coaches who contact you will be postgraduate students of Macquarie University.
  • one hour-long debrief session: this will also be conducted in person in a group format, six weeks after the initial briefing session. Dates and locations will be provided at the initial briefing session. The debrief will include a discussion of the activities you did, the same online survey (approximately 15 minutes), and you will have the option of anonymously submitting your workbook, should you so choose.
  • two 15-minute online surveys: a link to the online survey will be sent to your email address for completion four months and eight months after your debrief session. Dates for these will also be provided in the initial briefing. As before, the survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Some items in the survey measure levels of psychological distress.
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