Mini Resilience Webinar

‘Strengthening resilience for ministry workers in social distancing times’

Hear From
Mark Conner, fmr Senior Pastor at Citylife Church - “Staying Healthy in Ministry During Turbulent Times”
Grant Bickerton, Christian Pyschologist with Power to Change - “Stress Management: Coping as a Christian Leader”



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.

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.

Resilience in Ministry Training Program

Looking to strengthen your resilience?
Willing to participate in some research?

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.

In these testing times, we’re trialling a training program which aims to strengthen the resilience of ministry workers.

Please consider participating by registering to watch the online briefing video and to receive a training workbook. Run by researchers from Macquarie University, the video will introduce you to some core concepts of resilience, including coping strategies and enabling resources. 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.

The training program is free of charge. There is also no obligation to continue with the program if you register. It is hoped that this research will bring benefit to all those to seeking to be strengthened in resilience.


For more information, contact Kirsty at

Resilience Conference - Postponed until later in the year.

Resilience Conference (at a physical Location) seeks to bring -
•  Theologians, Psychologists and Ministry Professionals to encourage you to cultivate greater resilience and strengthen you for a lifetime of Abundant ministry.
•  And provide a place to share your ministry/personal story with other attendees.

We are still aiming to feature all the previously advertised speakers but may include other quality speakers also.

More detail to come later in the year.

Self Care Resources

If you need some personal self-care support please feel free to explore using these services –


BEYOND BLUE  1300 22 4636

LIFELINE 13 11 14


We offer mental health support, training & workshops to churches and Christian organisations.



Dr Grant Bickerton (Mulgrave) / / 0403 503 345

Chris Brown (Hawthorn) Keriva Counselling / / 0425 712 893

Nicky Chiswell (Hawthorn) Keriva Counselling / / 0422 857 999

Dr Rochelle Cairns (Ringwood) DS Psychology / / (03) 9872 6255

Dr Katherine Thompson (Ringwood) / / 0402 343 029

Andree Sellars (Doncaster East) / / 0429058037

Andrea Blake (Hawthorn) Keriva Counselling /

Dr Catherine Davey (Power) Keriva Counselling / / 0407 704 535

Jan Morgan Keriva Counselling / / 0481 099 870

Andrea Murray Keriva Counselling / / 0475 088 187

Wyley Hargraves (Berwick) Director, Living Springs Counselling Centre 0405 451 534

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