Sarah Condie, Co-Director of ADM’s Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute, recently received the good news that more churches will have the chance to implement the ‘Raising Resilient Parents’ course, thanks to funding from Fuller Seminary in the United States.
The course – which is particularly aimed at first-time mums – was designed by Sarah in collaboration with Lyn Worsley, a clinical psychologist and director of The Resilience Centre. They have already successfully trialled the course at Church by the Bridge in Kirribilli, where Sarah is the part-time Women’s Minister and Lyn is also a congregation member.
Now, with the help of an extended grant from Fuller, the door has opened for the course to be run in other churches.
Sarah says, “Lyn and I are very encouraged by this support from Fuller Seminary. Their interest in the project was sparked by the lack of similar courses (even in the US). So they saw a huge need for the course that we have developed.”
Sarah outlines how the funding could be used to further develop the course: “We would like to use this money to go towards funding our first ‘scholarship’, where we train a woman to run the course in her own church and partner with her in this training for 12 months.”
In the long term, Sarah and Lyn hope to equip and train many more churches to implement the course and to extend the four-week intensive course into a 12-month program that provides longer-term support and connection for parents through monthly discussion groups.
Please continue to pray with us for Sarah and Lyn, and for all the first-time mums who will experience this program – this year and in the future.