28 August 2015

Not Enough Bacon In Your Sandwiches: Unusual Unmet Expectations

I recently read the great article "25 Really Weird Things Said To Pastors and Other Church Leaders" Turns out it's a hilarious list of unusual things clergy workers have heard throughout their ministry (and what I can only assume are the responses people wish to give but can't!). It gave us a good laugh! I'm sure some points were exaggerated, but I thought it was worth sharing. Some of our favourites included: “We need a small group for cat lovers.” “Your socks are distracting.” “I don’t like the brand of donuts in the foyer.” and “You didn’t wrap the hot dogs in bacon for the church picnic.”

24 August 2015

Latest On The Clergy Family Study

For those of you who may have heard, we conducted a study throughout October to April asking clergy spouses and adult clergy children to tell us a bit about clergy family life at home, in the church, and what support they received. We were hoping for 100 responses but instead were overwhelmed with the support for the study and received 281 responses!

17 August 2015

Private Online Group Launched!

After a huge amount of interest, we have created and launched a private Facebook group for Australian clergy and their families! We decided to call it the ACF Cafe to give it a warm and welcoming feel, a place to discuss all matter of things - and share a drink with others who know what ministry life is like. While it has a casual name, we have kept it a private group which means only when you join can you see what is written by other members - it isn't shared publicly on your Facebook pages.

15 August 2015

Launching: ACF Cafe

We are excited to announce that as of Monday 17th August, 2015 we will be opening the ACF Online Cafe! After months of looking for the right place and forum, we are opening the (metaphorical!) doors of our new, private Facebook group! It will be a confidential space where clergy workers and their families can meet others in ministry (or retired) around Australia to share their experiences, ideas, topics of interest, - and a bit of a laugh.

6 August 2015

5 Things To Remember As A Parent (Guest Writer)

I'm excited to introduce our guest writer as an Australian clergy spouse and psychologist works towards caring for clergy families. This article is adapted from a talk she did recently which she has kindly shared. I hope you find it helpful and insightful.
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"From the moment you announce the news – “We’re going to have a baby!” you have been the recipient of well-meaning advice. Opinion pieces thrust onto you, whether you have asked for it or not. Sometimes one would think that you were left marooned on some forsaken island where the basic skills of living and breathing were obsolete. From that island you emerged clueless, somehow had sex, and found yourself with an alien life force within you. With all the well-meaning advice coming at you, you start to believe that it’s true – you have not got the general, or specialist know-how of what to do with this child. Too late. You can’t undo the procreation. Now get ready for the train-wreck of parenting boo-boos and boo hoos that await you. Hopeful? Dismal! So I am not going to write like a sage. Instead, I am going to start with some things you do know.