Who is Australian Clergy Families (ACF)?

We began in 2014 with a small idea and a lot of prayer! After years of working in, and observing, the ministry life, we realised that few other Australian professions hold such a unique blend of joys and challenges that impact not only those employed in ministry, but also their families.

Being called to a life in ministry can be a wonderful blessing, but can also come with challenges, sacrifices, and hardships that clergy families often carry alone.
W
e wanted to be there with these families, in the ups, downs and everydays, sharing their journey through ministry and family life*.

We're now an inter-denominational community providing support, access to quality resources,
pastoral care and advocacy for clergy families
and their ministry communities around Australia.

We've had the privilege of journeying together with hundreds of clergy and their families around Australia, from remote regions to the city centres, and look forward to walking with them in the years to come!

What Do We Do?

Support: We support clergy families and their ministry communities by providing a wide range of resources and contacts. These include a reviewed library of articles, local supports, conducting independent research, and providing easily-accessible online (and offline) resources.

Community & Pastoral Care: We provide a range of online communities and one-on-one pastoral care to clergy family members around Australia including hosting a private online community, The PK Place for clergy children, and offering prayer and support through Facebook and email.

Advocacy: We know from our research that clergy families are best supported by their ministry and church communities (Doing Ministry Together, 2017). We aim to encourage and equip these supports by advocating for the well-being of clergy families so that they, and the churches they are part of, can enjoy ministry together as members of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). This includes hosting Ministry Appreciation Week each year, conducting seminars and presentations, and working with ministry communities to learn from them and provide them with useful resources.

ACF is based in Melbourne and run by Matt and Rachel Stevens with the help of some amazing volunteers.
We're available for talks and group sessions and hold current Working with Children Checks.

Meet Our Team

Meet Matt. He studied science at Melbourne University and is a graduate of Ridley Theological College. Before co-founding Australian Clergy Families, Matt worked for 8 years with children and families as a lay children’s minister, ACCESS Chaplain, and ministry leader in a range of camps and outreach programs. He's passionate about clergy families enjoying ministry life together. When not at ACF, Matt enjoys quoting his favourite authors at his long-suffering wife - sorry Rachel!


Meet Rachel. She's a trained Health Promotion Consultant & graduate of Ridley Theological College
. While Rachel has worked as a lay youth minister and volunteer for many ministries, she also grew up in a clergy family and has worked closely with clergy families for 5 years. She's passionate about clergy families being heard, supported, and accepted as they are. When she's not at ACF, Rachel can be found hunting for Melbourne's best hot chocolate!




* Who Are "Clergy Families"?! We support a diverse range of people in ministry across Australia, including clergy workers, couples, families, student ministers, and retirees. Clergy encompasses all denominations and their respective positions in ministry. While we use the term clergy, the profession of minister also go by titles such as pastor, preacher, priest, vicar, deacon, lay clergy and others.

Supporting ACF
If you're interested in supporting this ministry, we'd love to hear from you! We're always looking for guest writers, helpful articles, and practical resources for clergy families and ministry communities. If you'd like to contribute towards these resources, or financially, please contact Rachel at info@australianclergyfamilies.com.