Next Pastoral Care Skills LAB1 course:  Fri - Sun 14, 15 & 16 October and 28th, 29th & 30th October 22

Venue:   St Francis College, Milton

Cost    $150. 

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Our world is losing  a lot of its ability to communicate well, and thereby to care, overcome conflict, and create a healthy environment in which people can thrive. QCT offers courses aimed to provide the frameworks and the tools for clergy and laity to explore the rubrics of communication, healthy government, and conflict management, through understanding both the personal and community dynamics.  Local church and faith communities aim to provide environments of love and inclusion, yet people around us question our values and processes, as we frequently lack the means to relate and communicate in processes that show we are respectful and caring. 


Our Courses 

Learning the Language of healing (Formerly LAB1)

This 36 hour course covers the knowledge, skills and personal attitudes required for caring pastoral care.  Knowledge includes  the principles of skills, ways of recognising early signs of  personal conflict and trauma, the structure of a  pastoral conversation,  ways of dealing with strong negative feelings, ‘How to’ practice skills, when to use them and church dynamics . The course aims to change attitudes  by developing self-confidence in listening, becoming comfortable and less defensive with strong negative emotions, and increasing our commitment to those in pain. 

Next Learning the Language of Healing Course will take place over two weekends: Fri - Sun 29, 30 & 31 July and 12th, 13th & 14th August.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Governance in the Local Church

Concerned about getting the  right leadership on your Church Council?  

A participatory 3 hour course will help them to be aware of the principles of effective communication, leadership, and processes of your local faith community.  This is an introductory unit in the understanding of the ministry of the Church Council. At the conclusion participants should be able to articulate an awareness of their own ministry roles.  

Looking at the purpose of a church meeting, and difference between management, leadership and spiritual leadership  will help clarify how God leads us to effective governance. 

Working together: An introduction to the task of Creating A Leadership Covenant 

The aim of the 3 hour module is to assist church councillors to understand the causes and nature of conflict within church councils and congregations and assist them to transform conflict by setting a framework for designing a behavioural  guide/covenant and the purpose of consensus approach. 

The causes, manifestations and results of conflict are explored with a purpose of assisting leaders to clarify their own approaches to conflict, and explore alternative ways of behaviour so as to lead to constructive and  healthy ways of approaching community life. 


In Appreciation of Lab1

In February I attended the Lab 1 Course taught by Canon Bruce Henzell. My expectation of doing Lab 1 was that I would learn skills for listening and caring. I learned so much more. Most important was understanding that there is a need for every person to know that they belong.  In every group that they attend, especially Church, they need to feel valued.   There is a need  to learn skills of listening, hearing & even being able to understand how a person feels, especially if they have dropped out.  

Lab 1 teaches skills in how to communicate, help support & care for others, & find some solutions of doing things in a better way. I enjoyed working together with everyone who was in the group. Listening to their stories & building friendships.  The teaching helped me to understand more about myself & I am sure that will help me be more effective in caring for others. 

The Lab 1 Course is entitled Listening and Caring Skills "Learning the Language of Healing. There is such a need for this ministry & I would encourage Church members to consider doing the course. 

I sincerely thank Bruce for leading this course. 




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