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Mentor Equipping QLD
Mentor Equipping QLD

Mentor Equipping Queensland has been set up to expand the pool of Christian Mentors in …

Training13 April 2021training
A Noble Task
A Noble Task

In the video linked below Dave Thurston helps us think about eldership in a sermon …

Video12 April 2021video1-timothy elder eldership leader leadership noble task
Love Your Neighbour Through Healthy Conflict
Love Your Neighbour Through Healthy Conflict

In an earlier article entitled Love vs Loyalty, I explored the danger of using a …

Article31 March 2021articleconflict dwc healthy leader leadership love neighbour
The Johari Window
The Johari Window

The Johari Window resource is a helpful framework for thinking about ourselves and two aspects …

Diagnostic Tool3 March 2021diagnosticemotional emotional-social-intelligence esi feedback johari self-disclosure social
Understanding Guilt & Shame
Understanding Guilt & Shame

Guilt: ‘I’ve done something wrong.’ Shame: ‘Something is wrong with me and others can see …

Diagnostic Tool15 February 2021diagnosticemotion emotional-social-intelligence emotions esi guilt mature maturity shame untangling-emotions
Understanding Grief
Understanding Grief

Grief: Disappointed, Unhappy, Upset, Dissatisfied, Discouraged, Tired, Loss, Misunderstood, Sick, Grieving, Lost, Heartbroken, Sorrowful, Distressed, …

Diagnostic Tool2 February 2021diagnosticemotion emotional emotional-social-intelligence emotions esi grief untangling
Understanding Anger
Understanding Anger

Anger: Irritated, Touchy, Critical, Sarcastic, Frustrated, Annoyed, Hostile, Jealous, Defiant, Intolerant, Provoked, Furious, Violent, Hating, …

Diagnostic Tool25 January 2021diagnosticanger character emotional emotions esi hardest-emotions resilience untangling-emotions
Understanding Fear
Understanding Fear

Fear: Uneasy, worried, nervous, anxious, tense, tight, spooked, haunted, scared, afraid, panicked, terrified and petrified …

Diagnostic Tool19 January 2021diagnosticemotion emotional emotions esi fear hardest-emotions intelligence social untangling-emotions
A Teams Approach To CoM
A Teams Approach To CoM

The Vacuum Cleaner Affair One of the hats I picked up in my first ministry …

Article4 January 2021articlecom committee committee-of-management management team
A Ministry Of Distinctions - Wage or Stipend
A Ministry Of Distinctions – Wage or Stipend

A Ministry of Distinctions Series ‘A distinction without a difference’, refers to a situation where …

Article24 October 2020articledistinction ministry ministry-of-distinctions stipend wage
A Ministry Of Distinctions - Loyalty Or Love
A Ministry Of Distinctions – Loyalty Or Love

A Ministry of Distinctions Series ‘A distinction without a difference’, refers to a situation where …

Article15 October 2020articledistinctions health love loyalty ministry ministry-of-distinctions truth truthing
A Ministry Of Distinctions - Slave Or Servant
A Ministry Of Distinctions – Slave Or Servant

A Ministry of Distinctions Series ‘A distinction without a difference’, refers to a situation where …

Article8 October 2020articlechurch distinctions distinctive jesus ministry ministry-of-distinctions paul servant slave
Book Review: Bowen Family Systems Theory in Christian Ministry
Book Review: Bowen Family Systems Theory in Christian Ministry

If you are anything like me, sometimes you get stuck. I’m not referring to getting …

Review29 September 2020reviewbowen emotion emotional esi family intelligence ministry social systems theory
Starting From Scratch In Youth Ministry
Starting From Scratch In Youth Ministry

When it comes to starting a youth ministry, every church is in a different situation. …

Article25 September 2020articleministry scratch starting youth
So You Want To Love Your (Ethnically Diverse) Neighbours?
So You Want To Love Your (Ethnically Diverse) Neighbours?

A Common Scenario A local Aussie Pastor begins to notice the people around his church …

Article16 September 2020articlecommunity cross-culture culture english gospel love outreach
Prayer For Gospel Partners
Prayer For Gospel Partners

This is the year of ‘overwhelmed’ life in: media, a pandemic, economy, job security, political …

Article4 September 2020articlecross-culture gospel mission missionaries partners prayer
Why Mentoring For Any Ministry Worker Is So Vital
Why Mentoring For Any Ministry Worker Is So Vital

The short answer is that the nature of ministry today means that you need someone …

Article3 September 2020articleesi healthy mentor mentoring ministry sustainable vital worker
Session & Committee Of Management
Session & Committee Of Management

People from all different church backgrounds (or none!) can attend and be part of a …

Article25 August 2020articlechurch com committee elder eldership governance leader leadership management session
Why Engage Across Cultures
Why Engage Across Cultures

Biblical and missional mandates for the local church As we look around at the variety …

Article18 August 2020articleconnect cross-culture culture evangelism gospel ministry mission nations reach world
Leading In Times Of Crisis - Strengthening Community
Leading In Times Of Crisis – Strengthening Community

Dave Thurston talks with Linden Fooks from Ann Street Presbyterian about “growing healthy” in a …

Video13 August 2020videoann-st community coronavirus covid covid19 crisis fooks leadership linden strength strengthening
Leading In Times Of Crisis - Looking Outward
Leading In Times Of Crisis – Looking Outward

In this video, Dave Thurston interviews Jono Buesnel at Bargara Presbyterian about how churches can …

Video6 August 2020videobuesnel crisis jono leading outreach outward outwards
Leaving Well
Leaving Well

As a minister or ministry worker, leaving a church is a hard thing to do …

Article, Training Paper30 July 2020article training-paperfarewell goodbye leaving ministry
Leading In Times Of Crisis - Keeping It Together
Leading In Times Of Crisis – Keeping It Together

In this video, Dave Thurston interviews Dave Bailey about keeping church life together in the …

Video23 July 2020videoconnected covid covid19 crisis leadership together
Leading In Times Of Crisis
Leading In Times Of Crisis

One of the most important factors in a crisis is leadership, but not just any …

Video9 July 2020videochange christ-centred covid covid19 crisis healthy leader leadership mature
Bucket List
Bucket List

This resource is useful as a reflection tool for reviewing significant changes in church life. …

Diagnostic Tool9 July 2020diagnosticbucket covid covid19 evaluate reflect reflection review session
Book Review - Untangling Emotions
Book Review – Untangling Emotions

  Emotions. What does that word evoke for you? Sometimes emotions can be overwhelming or …

Review10 June 2020reviewemotional emotions esi groves intelligence smith social untangling
COVID & Recovery
COVID & Recovery

Summary of COVID & Recovery Full article PDF Crises change individuals, groups, organisations, societies and …

Article9 June 2020articlecoronavirus covid covid19 crisis leadership practices recovery
COVID-19 Reflections
COVID-19 Reflections

When we experience a crisis, part of the recovery is to share the stories of …

Exercise9 June 2020exercisecoronavirus covid covid19 crisis recovery reflection reflections
Confessions Of An Attention Seeker
Confessions Of An Attention Seeker

Sisyphus is the mythological King of Corinth, who after being a bit too cheeky and …

Article9 June 2020articleattention clever confessions leader leadership preaching seeker talk
COVID Questionnaire Initial Results & Responses
COVID Questionnaire Initial Results & Responses

In late April of 2020, the PCQ Committee on Ministry Resourcing sent Tim Dyer’s paper, …

Article29 May 2020articlecoronavirus covid covid19 questionnaire results
Healthy & Fruitful Leadership - Part One
Healthy & Fruitful Leadership – Part One

Healthy And Fruitful Leadership PDF Download Dave Thurston (This is Part 1 of a 4-part …

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Healthy & Fruitful Leadership - Part Two
Healthy & Fruitful Leadership – Part Two

Healthy and Fruitful Leadership – God’s Three Households Dave Thurston PDF Download

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Healthy & Fruitful Leadership - Part Four
Healthy & Fruitful Leadership – Part Four

Healthy and Fruitful Leadership – The Household of God Dave Thurston PDF Download (This is …

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Healthy & Fruitful Leadership - Part Three
Healthy & Fruitful Leadership – Part Three

Healthy and Fruitful Leadership – The Household of the Overseer Dave Thurston PDF Download (This …

Article29 May 2020articlefruitful healthy healthyfruitfulleadership leader leadership
How Do You Feel?
How Do You Feel?

In the document Increasing Resilience in Adversity, a component of resilience was identified as “Working …

Exercise28 May 2020exerciseemotion emotional esi intelligence self social
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Book Review – How Your Church Family Works

“Distress and pain are friends to growth” (Augustus Napier)     ‘How Your Church Family …

Review26 May 2020reviewchurch congregations emotion esi family healthy leadership steinke
Seven Characteristics Of A Healthy And Fruitful Church
Seven Characteristics Of A Healthy And Fruitful Church

Every functioning Church must have leaders and members who believe the gospel of Jesus Christ …

Diagnostic Tool5 May 2020diagnosticcharacteristics church fruitful health healthy jesus seven
Connect
Connect

This is a helpful tool to share the gospel and for initial discipleship. It was …

Bible Study23 April 2020bible-study
Increasing Resilience in Adversity
Increasing Resilience in Adversity

Resilience is a dynamic capacity to cope effectively with adversity, to recover quickly from unusual …

Article22 April 2020articleadversity coronavirus covid covid19 increasing recover resilience stress