Pastors Renewal Ministry 教牧更新事工
Pastors are called to provide effective leadership to their congregations for church growth and proclamation of the gospel. Pastoring in Australia is an even more challenging experience today than a generation ago. The physical, psychological, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual demands on the pastors are always exceedingly high. Clergy burnout, high stress and loss of focus/direction are commonly experienced by pastors in the course of their ministry. A close relationship of support and encouragement with more experienced pastors can enable pastors and their spouses to serve the church and their communities more effectively on a continuing basis.
In pursuit of its broader harm prevention objectives, FLC establishes and maintains a new “Pastor Renewal Ministry” to support the pastors and their spouses in Australia.
- renew the ministry and leadership capacities of pastors.
- strengthen the pastors in fulfilling their calling to serve and lead their ministry in reaching out to their communities.
- Prayer, support and encouragement.
- Biblical and theological advice or suggestions to deal with ministry issues.
- Problem-solving and conflict resolution skills/strategies in the ministry.
- Necessary referral to appropriate services.
- Support to enhance their spiritual growth.
- Support to enrich their marriage, family and interpersonal relationships.
- Consultation on personal and ministry direction.
- Educational support (including conference, seminar & retreat camp, etc)
Team of Pastors
Rev Joseph Fung & Dr Nancy Fung (Founding Pastors, pro bono)
Rev Joseph Fung migrated to Australia when he was 15 years old and became an active Christian during his mechanical engineering degree at Sydney University. He worked at University of New South Wales for 13 years. During these years he was active in student outreach, before being called to be a full-time pastor. Joseph’s ministry has centred on bringing the gospel to Chinese-Australians. He was the founding pastor of Chinese and Australian Baptist Church (West Ryde and Thornleigh). Joseph and his wife Nancy planted several Chinese churches and he has been one of the founding members of the United Chinese Evangelistic Committee (now SCCCA) from its very beginning, and now the Chief Executive Officer. Joseph has also been involved in pioneering the first Chinese migrant social programs with the Council of the City of Ryde and the Chinese Theological College Australia.
Dr Nancy Fung moved to Australia when she was 17 and has since been very involved in education and ministry. Initially, Nancy studied Nursing and worked in Nursing Education, including completing four master degrees in Theology, Education, Nursing Administration and Counselling. However, following her husband Joseph entering full-time ministry, Nancy felt called to leave her Senior Lecturer position to provide full-time support to Joseph. To better equip herself for her ministries, Nancy completed a Bachelor and a Master of Theology, and a PhD focused on theological education. She has been a part time adjunct lecturer with the Chinese Theological College Australia from 2010 to 2018. Currently, Nancy is a senior counsellor at First Light Care and a cross-cultural chaplain with Joseph at Moore College.
With decades of experience in Christian ministry and church planting, Rev Joseph Fung and Dr Nancy Fung bring wisdom and insight that will help other pastors and church leaders find the support they need as they serve and lead their churches. Having spent decades working together to serve the church and its leaders, they are well-qualified to help pastors, church leaders and their spouses build not only strong churches, but strong leaders and strong families too.
Location of Service
At appropriate premises / venues that will protect confidentiality. Will be advised on making an appointment with the team.
For Appointment or Enquiry
- “如何關顧教牧同工的配偶和子女" (司徒黄妙嫻）http://www.cccowe.org/pdf/ps/201801/art06.pdf
- "牧者若需要輔導" http://www.cccowe.org/content_pub.php?id=ps200811-5
- "師母的心靈關懷" http://www.cccowe.org/content_pub.php?id=ps200811-6