Executive Director, Parishes and other Mission Agencies Commission

Dr Stephen Harrison

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Stephen Harrison is the Executive Director of the Parishes and other Mission Agencies Commission. He belongs to Gold Coast North Anglican Church. Stephen has degrees in science, theology, education, community welfare and a Doctorate in ministry from CSU. He has a passion for missiology and ecclesiology.

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Clergy are called to care for their people, but who cares when the carer needs care?

“There are both predictable and unexpected times when clergy will feel more depressed, anxious or stressed. A virus like COVID-19 and 2020’s associated stresses are completely new and unexpected, so the recent NCLS snapshot figures are not surprising,” say counsellor Marilyn Redlich and PMC Executive Director Stephen Harrison, who offer practical suggestions for addressing stress, anxiety and depression

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Today is ‘International Buy a Priest a Beer Day’

“Everyone likes to be appreciated for their contributions and hard work. And, our clergy work extremely hard to respond to their individual calls to ordained ministry, fulfilling a huge array of tasks. So, perhaps today, or another time this month, each of us can make contact with our clergy to show our thanks for all that they do,” says Dr Stephen Harrison from the Parishes and other Mission Agencies Commission

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Working together to care for and support our clergy

“It only makes sense that if we want our whole Church to flourish, then we need to treat our clergy with sensitivity and respect, while taking simple and practical steps to care for, appreciate and collaboratively work alongside them,” says Executive Director of Parishes and Other Mission Agencies Commission Dr Stephen Harrison

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Supporting our parish clergy and lay leaders via the 4 p’s

“The PMC Team reached out to parish clergy across our three Regions over the last week to ask what parishioners can do to support them and other parish leaders as they nurture and care for us during this difficult time. Their responses can be summed up simply via 4 p’s – prayer, Parish Direct, participation, and practical assistance,” says Dr Stephen Harrison, Executive Director of Parishes and other Mission Agencies Commission (PMC)

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Hospitality: How well does your church do it?

“It is natural for people who have been going to their church for a long time and formed many friendships to think that it is a warm and welcoming place; however, we must put ourselves in the shoes of the newcomer to really evaluate our level of hospitality,” says Dr Stephen Harrison