7 January 2016

What's ACF Up To Now?!

We've been readying ACF for another year of blogging, researching and supporting clergy and their families and wanted to let you in on what will be happening this year. On a side note, last January, we began 2015 with three goals for growing ACF which I'm excited to say are now all part of what we do:
1) Clergy Family Appreciation Month (October 2015)
2) Cheers Mate’ Packages (Note: Updated in 2016 to Relax Packs!)
3) Extending Our Care Network (We now run an online support group)

With 2016 beginning, we are hoping to continue building on the above projects but wanted to include a few new things too! This year at ACF we are working towards:
1) Monthly Themes: Every month we will post articles, resources, topics of conversation, book reviews, guest writers (and more!) based around a helpful theme for clergy workers and clergy families. For example, January's topic is 'New Beginnings'. We are even looking into running Webinars on helpful topics hosted by professionals. Wherever you are around the world, I hope we can provide some helpful and interesting information for you. Join our Facebook page to stay in the loop :)
2) Photo Competition: There are some amazingly skilled photographers out there and this year as part of our 'Join The Conversation' project, we are aiming to run some competitions based around the realities of the ministry lifestyle. More details to come, but we hope this will spark some interesting conversations, not to mention some beautiful photography that can be shared around Australia (and other parts of the world!).
3) Clergy Family Study Results: It is our biggest hope to work towards releasing the results from our 2014-2015 study based on the experiences of Australian clergy spouses and clergy children. We have been discussing opportunities to run information nights, groups, and publishing papers with various groups and institutions.

We hope your year is off to a good start. We know this time is often filled with new churches, new homes, new schools and communities - all of which are exciting and difficult. As always if you ever need help, please let us know (email: clergyfamiliesau@gmail.com).