Christmas Blessings

Happy Christmas, everyone! We are so grateful here at Verve Lead for all our readers, and we are praying and hoping you all are having a peaceful and happy holiday season with your loved ones.  While being a time for celebration, Christmas is also a time of great meaning. It was the turning point in history; bringing us our savior …

When Life is overwhelming

When life is overwhelming, take a step back and trust in the Lord. Get a new perspective and remember that there is always light in the darkness. Find comfort in the story of Elisha and the Arameans. Read this article for more on how to cope.

Reflections from the Clergy and Congregational Well-being Conference 

I recently attended a conference at Duke University in North Carolina on congregational and clergy health in the church. It was an inspiring experience to be surrounded by so many people of different denominations and backgrounds, all united by the common goal of strengthening and healing the clergy and congregations in their care. The conference made me think about the importance of community and mentorship, and how working alone can feel isolating and futile when faced with the massive changes that need to be made. The story of Elijah in the Bible reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles, and that God cares for his leaders and is doing something beautiful for his church. Click through to read more about my reflections from the conference.

Grief in the Face of Change 

Previously, I announced our big news: Adrienne and I are stepping down as Senior Ministers of the C3Robina church. This transition has been five years in the making. I feel joy in the fact that we know this is the right decision. I feel proud of what we have accomplished in our time as Senior Ministers, and I’m excited for …

What I learned from Covid 19

A few weeks ago, Adrienne and I attended the C3 Church conference in Tasmania and then stayed for a week’s holiday. We spent a great day in Port Arthur with some friends, visiting a world heritage site that was once a British penal colony. We rested, explored Hobart and hung out with friends. As we were about to check in …

The restorative benefit of mentoring

Recently, I was feeling worn down. Covid negated many things I had planned and hoped for; family members I looked forward to seeing were unable to attend a barbeque for Australia Day because their five and three-year-olds tested positive, an already booked trip to New Zealand was cancelled, key appointments were postponed. On top of that, more people have been …

Restoration During Covid 

Previously – Covid’s Toll In our last blog, we began looking at the toll that Covid has taken on us over the last few years. For many of us the uncertainty and anxiety that struck us on day one are still very much there, but now we are also burnt out from months and months of this stress, especially with …

Recovering from Emotional Abuse

Emotional Abuse Blog 3 Recovering Here at Verve Lead, we are in the middle of a series examining how to handle emotional abuse from people around us, specifically situations with acquaintances and strangers, rather than intimate relationships. We’ve looked at how to respond in the moment of an angry blow-up, and how to reflect and process that situation. Today, we …