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      Ministry and Mental Health  Keith Condie, Co-director of ADM’s Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute, spoke  to all clergy and licensed ministry workers across the Anglican Diocese of Sydney at the Faithfulness in Service conferences in June 2017. Keith explains why he is tackling the issue of stress and ‘core strength’ at the conferences.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Keith Condie, Co-director of ADM’s Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute  
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


       How does your involvement in the Faithfulness in Service conference tie into your role with the Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute?    One of the key ‘take home’ messages from our study trip last year was that pastoral staff, especially senior ministers, shape the way that churches respond to those struggling with mental illness. Ministry staff play a vital role in reducing stigma, modelling helpful responses to those in need, and creating a climate where the networks of relationships that exist within churches are able to bring such benefit to those in mental distress. But another message we came home with was that many pastors are under significant stress, which is impacting their own mental wellbeing. We see the Faithfulness in Service conferences as great opportunities to help ministry staff understand stress and its affect upon us, and to build their ‘core strength’ so that they will be able to bounce back from the demands that are inevitable in ministry life.    What do you hope ministers will take home from the Faithfulness in Service conferences through your talks?    We realise that only so much can be achieved in the space of a few hours. But we hope that the information we present and the exercises they complete will be an opportunity for some honest self-assessment. We hope that each participant will leave with an understanding of the strengths that are presently sustaining their ministry life and what small steps they might take to continue to grow in resilience, so that they can push on in faithful, joyful service of our Lord.    What are some of the future initiatives you at working on at the MH&PCI?    The next big project on our agenda is creating an online/ DVD marriage enrichment resource. With the help of a project manager, plans are well underway for this and we hope to launch the resource early in 2018.

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Ministry and Mental Health

Keith Condie, Co-director of ADM’s Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute, is speaking this week to all clergy and licensed ministry workers across the Anglican Diocese of Sydney at the Faithfulness in Service conferences. Keith explains why he is tackling the issue of stress and ‘core strength’ at the conferences...

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      Raising Resilient Mums  A new project to help build resilience in first-time mums is being launched this month by Sarah Condie, Co-director of ADM’s Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute, who is also Women's Pastor at Church by the Bridge in Kirribilli, Sydney. Sarah is working in collaboration with Lyn Worsley, Clinical Psychologist and Director of The Resilience Centre, and member of Church by the Bridge.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Sarah Condie, Co-director of ADM's Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute, & Women's Pastor at Church by the Bridge, Kirribilli.    
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


     The project has become a reality thanks to a grant from Fuller Seminary. It will run for nine months and offer a series of three short courses to a large group of first-time mums, who already meet on a regular basis at Church by the Bridge. The courses include: ‘Resilient Mums’, ‘Attachment and Mental Health’ and ‘Emotional Coaching’.  Later in the year, Sarah and Lyn also plan to run a parenting course called ‘Circle of Security’. It is hoped that this model might help other churches learn how to better support and care for first-time mums as they adjust to this new season in their life.  Lyn and Sarah are both excited about the possibilities of this project. Lyn says: “Resilience is a skill that works best when there are already strong social connections provided by a family or a supportive community. Churches do community really well, so it will be exciting to help this church community develop skills in what The Resilience Centre does well.”   Sarah says: “In my role with the Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute, I am acutely aware that becoming a mum is one of the most challenging seasons women face. Many women suffer from isolation and loneliness, as well as depression and anxiety. If we are able to do anything that equips women to face this season of life better, it is worth doing. If this project is seen to be successful, it may be something we can replicate in other church settings. That is exciting!”   Click here for more information and to receive updates about ADM’s Mental Health and Pastoral Care Institute.    

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Raising Resilient Mums

A new project to help build resilience in first-time mums is being launched this month by Sarah Condie, Co-director of ADM’s Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute, who is also Women's Pastor at Church by the Bridge in Kirribilli. Sarah is working in collaboration with Lyn Worsley, Clinical Psychologist and Director of Resilience Centre and a member of Church by the Bridge.

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