‘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
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.
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.
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.
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.
|10:00||Plenary One Paul Grimmond – Gospel Resources for Growing Resilience|
|11:20||Plenary Two Grant Bickerton - Keys to drive motivation & long term well being in ministry|
|1:30||Plenary Three Mark Conner – Habits of Healthy Leaders|
|2:30||Plenary Four Kirsty Bucknell - Strengthening resilience in the midst of stress: An introduction to a new training program. More detail below|
|3:45||Q & A|
Resilience Training Program
It’s well recognised that those in ministry face a unique set of demands. And that it can be difficult to maintain our well-being for sustained ministry. This plenary is the initial briefing session of a research training program which aims to strengthen the resilience of ministry workers.
Run by researchers from Macquarie University, you’ll be introduced to some core concepts of resilience, including coping strategies and enabling resources that are particularly relevant in ministry. You’ll also be given information about the study’s unique writing-based training program.
If you decide to continue, you’ll be asked to complete an online survey during the session and be given activity materials to take with you.
There is no obligation to continue with the training program if you attend this session. It is hoped that this research will bring benefit to all those seeking to be strengthened in resilience
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