About ACF

But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were
all one part, where would the body be?
As it is, there are many parts, but one body. (1 Corinthians 12:18-20)

God’s church is filled with incredible people, called to serve Him in different ways. For those called to a life of
ministry, we have found it to be a lifestyle like no other. It is full of unique joys and challenges, the unexpected,
the beautiful and often, the difficult.

I am constantly amazed by what the body of Christ can achieve together. The roles He calls us to, the gifts He
gives us, and the collective ministry community we belong to, journeying together as one body. 20 years ago, I witnessed an incredible example of this, one that has stuck with me through my years of ministry, clergy family
life, and working with clergy families around Australia.

A country church that I was privileged to be a part of faced a significant bushfire threat. With the fires closing in,
the church and its leaders became, without a doubt, the supportive hub of the community. Jam sandwiches and cordial flowed from the church hall feeding the CFA (and anyone else nearby!), beds were set up in the church, homes opened to evacuees, emergency prayer meetings ran day and night, and pastoral care was available
to all in need. Clergy families who were part of the church took shifts ministering and offering each other
opportunities for rest and relaxation during the around-the-clock care. Thankfully the fire threat passed, but
God’s love was evident through this ministry for months afterwards.


This example of a supportive hub is what we aspire to be at Australian Clergy Families. We know from our research* that clergy families are best supported by their ministry communities; whether it’s their churches,
others
in ministry, theological colleges, or friends who stay with them throughout their ministry.

Our goal is to not only support and resource clergy* and clergy families but also their wider ministry communities, by connecting them to a broad range of options.

Our website is a hub of ideas, supports, stories, and resources. We hope and pray that as you journey through ministry, individually, as a family, and as a community, you will find support here to equip you wherever God leads. So browse our Publications, share coffee and conversation with your ministry community about one of our Topical Articles, celebrate Ministry Appreciation Week with your church, and enjoy some activities as a family from The PK Place.

I hope that through this website, Matt and I can support you and your community wherever you are in Australia.

Every blessing,
Rachel Stevens


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Australian Clergy Families (ACF) was founded in 2014 and is based in Melbourne, Australia. It is hosted by Matt and Rachel Stevens, who met and married between theological, science, and health degrees! Between them they have worked and lived
in a variety of ministry settings, for over 15 years and have worked closely with clergy families for the last five. They enjoy every opportunity God sends their way to journey with and encourage these hard-working families and ministry communities. When not
at ACF, they can be found hunting for Melbourne's best hot chocolate!


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* Clergy, or minister of religion, includes anyone in paid, unpaid or voluntary ministry, are retired or studying to enter ministry - and their
family
(couples, young families, older families, single parent families). Clergy is a title we use to encompass a wide range of titles including pastors, preachers, deacons, ministers, priests, bishops, and church leaders; to name a few.