2019 PROGRAM


Term 4

BMWN Couples’ Dinner |
Sarah and Keith Condie |
Having Hard Conversations in a Ministry Marriage.

Monday | 25th November 2019
6:30pm for a 7pm start.

It’s a joy and privilege to be able to serve the Lord in ministry but it has its challenges. And those challenges can impact our marriages. How can we ensure we stay well connected and support each other as couples? How do we have hard conversations with one another, particularly when it’s about ministry? How do we share openly and honestly about the real and raw struggles of balancing sacrificial service for God’s Kingdom with sacrificial service of our spouse and family? 

Keith and Sarah Condie have been married for over thirty-seven years, and have been in ministry for most of that time. So they know what it’s like to have those hard conversations! But they also know that those conversations have helped build resilience in their marriage. 

It is this wisdom and experience that Keith and Sarah will bring to our couples’ dinner, as they share with us how to have those hard conversations! They don’t claim to be experts, with the perfect marriage. Rather, they will be vulnerable about their own mistakes in relating to one another and the ministry tensions they have faced over the years.


Term 1 2019 | Sneaky Sins | Kate Snell

Some sins are sneakier than others. Envy and gluttony are like that.  They express themselves in different ways but have the same result. Sometimes they make us feel momentarily better. Sometimes they leave us feeling discontent. We’ll explore how these sins sneak up on us, how they hinder our ability to minister and how we can trust God when we feel insecure or inadequate.


Term 2 2019 | Love, Tears and Autism |Cecily Paterson.

Cecily Paterson is the author of Love, Tears & Autism, a memoir about Cecily’s experiences of autism in her family. It’s an honest account of the challenges of raising a child with constant meltdowns and massive anxiety attacks, and the grief of lost dreams for them. Seven years on from the book, Cecily will discuss her original experiences, share the things that improved her son’s life and give an update on the Patterson household. She will also talk about how churches can help support families who have a child living with autism.


Term 3 2019 | Friendship in Ministry | Caitlin Orr

Friendship is tricky, particularly for ministry wives! It can be a struggle to make and maintain friendships in the busyness of ministry life. Or we can ask, “Is it even possible to make friends with people in your congregation, when we can’t be real with the struggles we face in ministry?”  Oh and don’t forget to throw in the complexity of friendship within ministry teams.  No wonder ministry life can feel lonely! At this seminar, Caitlin Orr is going to be tackling the difficult topic of friendship and ministry wives. She will be pointing us to what the Bible says about friendship, how to respond when friendship fails or friends hurt us, and also talk practically about how to make friends in a broken world.