Dear All,

This is to let you know that we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Resilience Conference that was scheduled Wednesday 18 March 2020 at New Hope Baptist.


Postponement Decision

We have decided to postpone the Resilience Conference due to concerns with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), specifically -

  • Our desire to not risk the health of pastors and speakers for an event that we can postpone
  • The need to be extremely cautious with public gatherings and helping to protect those most vulnerable
  • Limitations with the venue to able to provide individually packaged catering
  • To avoid putting participants in a difficult position in deciding to take a risk with their health or missing out

This is not a decision made lightly are sorry for any inconvenience  it may have caused in your plans.

Resilience Conference to be rescheduled at a later date

We are hopeful that our rescheduled Resilience Conference will –

  • Include all the same high quality speakers (subject to availability) 
  • Also make important contribution in address the key issue of self care and resilience in ministry.
  • Aim to be rescheduled in the 2nd half of the 2020 year (subject to the dept of health recommendations) on a Wednesday at New Hope Baptist


In light of the above, in good faith we can hold your booking and will let you know the details for the postpone Resilience conference when it is confirmed (aim on a Wednesday, 2nd half of 2020).

At anytime though, you can request a full refund through email to and we will honour this (just allow a few days to go through).

In the meantime

We continue to pray and encourage us all to pray against the spread and impact this virus is having on the world. 

In addition, we would like to suggest a few resources that could help invest in strengthening your resilience / self-care in ministry in 2020.

Resilience Training Program

Opportunity to sign on to be part of the Resilience Training program.

The program is designed for ministry workers & run by Macquarie University researches.

You’ll be introduced to some core concepts of resilience, including coping and strengthening strategies and enabling resources that are particularly relevant in ministry. Your participation will also help to benefit ministry workers in the future.

Kirsty Bucknell (BA, MA(Psych), MRes, FCOP, MAPS) one of our plenary speakers, will send detailed information in follow up email in the coming weeks.


Leadership Support (Partners in Ministry)

As a helpful resource, below is a link to a recent article that has just been published by Arrow Leadership – it has many practical suggestions for Christian leaders re healthy leadership.

The article highlights the various types of isolation a Christian leader can experience, and the role professional supervisors or coaches can play in helping leaders stay healthy.

If seeking some coaching support in your leadership this year, Partners in Ministry, would love to explore ways able to serve you in your role. 

Let us know if you are interested in discussing leadership coaching further over coffee by reaching out to


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


Look forward to seeing you all at the Resilience Conference hopefully later in the year,

Warm regards,

Craig Mawdsley & John Jeffries                  Natalie Rosner

Partners in Ministry                                     Peter Corney Training Centre                  

‘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 - Strengthening resilience in the midst of stress: An introduction to a new training program. More detail below
3:30Afternoon Tea
3:45Q & A

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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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