Thriving and resilient leadership webinar: Watch now

This webinar aims to help you as a leader to find an equilibrium you can sustain, to help you to thrive


This webinar was held on 2nd August. Recordings are available below to watch anytime.

Watch the presentation by Sam Sterland:


Watch the presentation by Tim Dyer:


View a handout of reflection questions:

Both presenters posed reflection questions throughout the webinar. These questions help participants to engage the material presented, reflect on it and apply it to their own practices.  Click here to download handout (pdf)


About the webinar

This webinar presents the latest findings and reflections on how Australian leaders are coping and what factors contribute to their resilience.

After the initial shock and adaptations of the COVID-19 pandemic, many local church leaders found they were more in demand than in ever. More people in need are turning to their minister, pastor or priest as a constant in their lives. The last few years have been a fulfilling time, as well as an incredibly demanding time for church leaders.

Responses to our 2021-22 NCLS Leader Survey show satisfaction levels are high, as well as greater exhaustion levels.

We suggest for leaders, this can’t be your new normal. This webinar aims to help you as a leader to find an equilibrium you can sustain, to help you to thrive in your role.

Based on findings from the 2021-22 National Church Life Survey across more than 20 denominations, it provides the most comprehensive picture of church leaders in Australia. So leaders, don't miss out! Recordings are now available to watch anytime.


You will discover:

  1. What does thriving look like and what is burnout?

  2. How has it changed in Australian church leadership over the past 5 years? Are current practices sustainable?

  3. What are the personal foundations that contribute to resilience and sustainable leadership?

  4. Practical ministry implications, case studies and guiding principles for leaders.

Speakers :

Speakers for this webinar are Sam Sterland, Senior Researcher of NCLS Research and guest speaker Tim Dyer. Sam Sterland will present research findings on leader wellbeing and resilience, and responses to COVID-19 followed by Tim Dyer who will provide his reflections on the implications of these findings for ministry and mission.

Sam Sterland is a Senior Researcher at NCLS Research. He has a background in ministry, counselling and psychology and has co-authored NCLS publications on church life and sustainable leadership. Sam enjoys turning research into useful resources and has a passion to help local churches be healthy and fulfil their mission, and for leaders to avoid burnout and thrive.

Tim Dyer is a trainer of pastors, church consultants, mentors, and Christian leaders. He works across many mainline denominations and focuses on the care, development and support of clergy and the health of congregations. He trained in psychology at Melbourne and Monash Universities before researching and publishing on Youth Homelessness as a staff worker with Scripture Union Victoria. He teaches at a graduate level for several theological colleges in Leadership, Team Relationships, Conflict Management, Resilience and Self Care, Trauma and Recovery and the Personal Life of the Minister.


Our thanks go to Baptist Financial Services for their sponsorship of this webinar.
Data Sources:

2021 National Church Life Survey, Leader Survey

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