God’s church is filled with incredible people called to serve Him in different ways (1 Corinthians 12:18-20). 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. We know from our research* that clergy families are best supported by those they do ministry with, particularly their ministry communities. This may be their churches, others in ministry, theological colleges, or friends who stay with them throughout their ministry.
At Australian Clergy Families, we provide support and resources for clergy*, clergy families and their ministry communities, connecting them to a range of options.
We pray that as you journey through ministry, individually, as a family, and as a community, that you will find supports here to equip you wherever God leads.
Australian Clergy Families (ACF) began in 2014 and is based in Melbourne, Australia. It's run 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. ACF is committed to keeping our resources and publications free and publicly available.
* Clergy, or minister of religion (paid or voluntary) is a title we use to encompass a wide range of positions including pastors, preachers, rectors. deacons, ministers, priests, bishops, and church leaders; to name a few.
*ACF research paper: Doing Ministry Together: Life in an Australian Clergy Family (2017)