“We are not living in an era of change, but a change of era.”

Pope Francis

Equipping today’s leaders for tomorrow’s church

In these 10 sessions, clergy and laity will learn side-by-side as we explore contemporary leadership practices integrated with scripture and the example set by Jesus and His followers: think Brené Brown, Simon Sinek and Stephen Covey meet Jesus, St Peter and St Paul.

Join this pilot as we seek to build intentional leadership in our parishes and communities.

Registrations have now closed.

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“Be leaders wherever it behoves you to be. Leaders of thought, leaders of action, leaders of joy, leaders of hope, leaders of the construction of a better world.” – Pope Francis

“The most effective leaders are all alike in one crucial way: they all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence.” – Daniel Goleman

“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” – John C Maxwell

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” – Simon Sinek

“Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.” – Patrick Lencioni

“When we change our thinking, we change our lives.” – Stephen Covey

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17

“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St Francis of Assisi

“There is no intimacy without vulnerability.” – Brené Brown

“Integrity is choosing courage over comfort… practicing your values, not just professing them.” – Brené Brown



Penny Gordon & Associates Consulting Business Owner

Penny Gordon has a 30 year career as a psychologist, during which time she has worked extensively across clinical and organisational fields of psychology. Penny is a highly regarded trainer and facilitator, as well as regularly presenting professional development programs.
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Archbishop of Brisbane & President of the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference

Archbishop Mark is a theologian and teacher especially qualified in the fields of Sacred Scripture and the Church’s liturgical worship. Prior to becoming a Bishop in 2002, he served for five years in the Vatican Secretariat of State.
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Mates in Construction Operations Manager

John Brady comes from a diverse work background in management across several sectors from education to retail to mining. His specialty is leadership development, notably with his work for Mates in Construction and the 4-6 weeks a year he spends in central Africa conducting leadership programs and establishing micro economic projects in poor communities.
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Australian Industry Trade College CEO/Executive Principal

Mark Hands is a trailblazer and game-changer in education circles who leads the Australian Industry Trade College with a values-based philosophy and an agile and responsive approach to industry needs.
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Evangelisation Brisbane Executive Director

Protestant Pastor - turned Catholic deacon, Peter has a Bachelor of Ministries, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning, a Masters in Learning and Development with a specialisation in Educational Leadership and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Notre Dame. He is currently the Executive Director for Evangelisation Brisbane.
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Evangelisation Brisbane Associate Director, Parish Leadership

Teresa has been involved in ministry in the Church for over 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Business Management, a Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Theology and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Canon Law and Governance. She is passionate about helping parishes discover their vision for the future and mapping out the steps towards achieving this vision.
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  • Parish Priests/Chaplains
  • Associate Pastors
  • Pastoral Associates
  • Members of Pastoral Councils
  • Ministry team leaders (e.g. Youth Coordinator, Sacramental Coordinator)
  • Anyone else who has a leadership role within a parish or community.

the details

Monday evenings | 12 July – 13 September 2021
7-9pm | Xavier Hall, Holy Spirit Seminary
487 Earnshaw Road, Banyo QLD



Pilot introductory offer $100 ($300 from 2022)

archdiocesan certificate

Participants in this course will be awarded an Archdiocesan Certificate in Leadership at the completion of the course.

Some minimum requirements apply.

Contact the parish leadership Team




(07) 3324 3440

We acknowledge and pay respect to Traditional Custodians on whose land we walk, live and worship. 

We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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