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Our Research

The results of our clergy family research which explores what life is like in a clergy family and the affect ministry has on spouses and children in Australia.

Ministry Life

Health Discusses major ministry stresses and how clergy face them. Also has some great self-check in questions and direction.

Handling Change An encouraging read from a seasoned ministry wife, with some wise advice about embracing change - particularly with a sense of humour!

Powerful Leadership A thought-provoking resource about clergy leadership from the US.

Personal Retreat Tips Advice on planning your next personal retreat.

Self Care in Ministry

Pastors Need Friends Too An excellent article looking at the benefits of friendship to nourish yourself and protect your ministry.

Those Who Flourish in Ministry are Intentional About Their Well-Being Current research exploring how clergy cope with and enjoy their ministry journey.

10 Critical Self Care Strategies A fabulous check list for looking after yourself! Easy to use and print: Self Care ADG 2011

S.T.O.P. A While For Christmas A few hints on how to relax a little in amongst the busy Christmas routine.

10 Tips to Try in Stressful Times Stressful or traumatic times can be made a little easier, here are some ideas that may help.

How To Stay Healthy While Pastoring An Unhealthy Church A great article written by a seasoned clergy worker. Helpful advice if your church is struggling with difficult issues.

Ministry Practicalities

Ministry At Home: 5 Ways To Stay Bug Free! A few thoughts on avoiding sickness when visitors come to call.

Planning for Ministry and Life Planning for a New Year in ministry and life.

A Six-Step Strategy on How to Say No...Nicely A great article for one of the hardest aspects of ministry! Helpful and kind ideas that are easy to implement.

Church Life

7 Reasons Why Pastoring A Church Is Harder Today A great look at some of the common cultural influences on churches and ministry in the era of the internet.

Why It Takes 5 to 7 Years To Become The Pastor Of A Church It takes time, and sometimes a crisis to build a great relationship and sometimes years to accept that the position may be long term- and new.

What Happens When People Leave The Church An honest article about how clergy and their families are affected when people leave their church and what the writer learned through his experience.

7 Smart Moves For New Church Staff Learn the culture, understand your own expectations and the churches, and be yourself are some of the helpful suggestions Dan recommends when starting at a new church

Clergy Appreciation Month It's great see how others encourage their clergy each year!

Ministry Challenges

3 Ways To Grow Through A Crisis Down-to-earth, biblical advice looking beyond 'why is this ministry not working' to 'what is God trying to teach me?'

Books & Resources

Book: Don't Explore The Flower Cupboard Without Prayer & Fasting (Review) A lighthearted and honest book about the realities of working in Christian ministry.

Website: The Characteristics of Spiritual Abuse Written by an Australian clergy worker, this excellent guide is a great tool for understanding spiritual abuse and ways to tackle it.

Quiz: Self-Care Assessment Tool A fantastic test that helps you understand how your self-care plan is going and tweak it where needed.