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Ministry Couples Dinner
Title: Balancing Truth and Love
Speakers: Dave & Fiona McDonald.

Dave and Fiona were married in 1983 and have four children and nearly three grandchildren. They have spent the last 28 years living in Canberra, where they have engaged in a variety of ministries. They revitalised student ministry at the ANU and UC, before planting Crossroads in 1996. Dave was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011 and was not expected to live long. However, he has recovered sufficiently to resume ministry at Stromlo Christian Church, and is currently employed as the National Director for FIEC. Fiona works part-time as a GP, while being involved in women’s and children’s ministries, pastoral care, and supporting Dave in his FIEC oversight.

He has had strong connections with university ministry over three decades and is the chaplain to the Brumbies Rugby Union team. He is also a member of the council of The Gospel Coalition Australia.

Dave has written of the struggle with cancer and faith in his book, Hope Beyond CureHe also blogs regularly on a variety of topics at macarisms.

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Topic: Found in Christ: Showing Jesus to a world full of gender and sexual confusion.
Speaker: Robyn Bain.

When it comes to sexual and gender identity, the world around us holds fast to a particular story of authentic identity, freedom and love. In this story, we find ourselves as Christians cast as bigoted, oppressive and full of hate. In this session we will think and pray together about showing the gospel story of authentic identity, freedom and love in Jesus to those around us: to children, to those we encourage in our churches, to our communities and to those experiencing same sex attraction and gender identity issues. And as we go we will explore the deep joy and challenge of finding every facet of ourselves in Christ.

Robyn has been teaching the Bible to women and children for several years. She has almost completed her Master Bioethics and helps her husband, Andrew, teach ethics at the Queensland Theological College. She is the convenor of the Presbyterian Church of Qld ‘Gospel in Society Team’ which helps believers to think and speak about social issues in gospel-shaped ways.


valerie-lingTopic: Unmasking Anger.
Speaker: Valerie Ling.

Anger and bitterness can plague those of us in ministry more often and more deeply than we might care to admit.  They can easily sap our joy and cause untold damage to our relationships as well as to our own health. Is it ever alright to feel anger? Where does the line fall between allowing yourself to feel anger as an emotion and sinning in our anger? How do we manage our relationships within our family and congregation assertively and authentically, while being respectful of our own feelings. Clinical psychologist Valerie Ling will help us think through where our anger stems from, and how we can avoid both unhealthy repression and unbridled expression to respond in a godly way.

Valerie currently works in private practice in Sydney and specialises in ministry resiliency for clergy and missions personnel and their families.

QTC events with Paul Tripp

Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author and international conference speaker.  He is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care.  He has worked in pastoral ministry, been a long-term faculty member of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, and has lectured in Biblical counselling in American theological colleges. Paul is also the author of many books on Christian living which are read and distributed internationally, including Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, How People Change and Dangerous Calling.

Join Paul Tripp as he redeems the realities of marriage in this weekend conference. Learn how a marriage of unity, understanding, and love is rooted in worship. Read more about What Did You Expect?…