Every seven years of ministry I have taken Sabbatical leave. This is now my fourth time around. I am spending the time from 1 October to Mid January in study, reflection and putting together some training materials on conflict and church recovery as I will be laying these areas of ministry down in the next season. Merran and I will also walk a custom designed pilgrimage North to South traversing Tasmania. Blessings and see you on the other side!
It is great being back at Wycliffe Retreat Centre, Kangaroo Ground for three days with Anglican Clergy from the Diocese of Melbourne. We are exploring lots of aspects of conflict and reflecting on how to build healthy conflict competent church communities. Links to extra resources follow:
I have just finished two encouraging evenings with members of LifeGate Church of Christ and the Carnegie Uniting Church We looked at a range of skills for effective mentoring. Thanks to Pastor Tham Fuan and Cristiana (Mentoring Ministry) for organising the training.