One of the assignments I particularly enjoy each year is the residential training of facilitators for Ministry Renewal Retreats in Victoria. These retreats are a three year commitment for a group of pastors or leaders to journey together toward personal and leadership renewal. We know anecdotally that for each cycle of three years one person makes the decision to stay in ministry who would otherwise have left.
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Great to be back on deck training the Parish Support Teams for the Diocese of Melbourne. Training on Thursday and Friday this week took place in the renovated Diocesan offices at St Pauls Cathedral.
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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!
Great to be back up in the Blue Mountains for a training morning with members of the Blue Mountains Mission Area Group. We are working through how to facilitate Challenging Conversations.
Notes and presentations following.
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