NEW Book Coming: “How Not to Burnout”

Watch out next month for the release of my latest book “How Not to Burnout – Five Habits of Healthy Living.”

Here is the description:

“In a world of rapid change, growing complexity and increasing pressure, stress and burnout are becoming common place. In this practical book, Mark Conner shares five habits for healthy living, gleaned from his decades of experience as an organisational leader and Christian minister.”

I wrote this book for the following reasons:

  1. To help people live healthier lives and avoid the dire affects of burnout. 
  2. To give leaders and people in high demand vocations principles and habits for staying fresh.
  3. To offer hope to people who are currently burnt out and wondering if they will ever have the same energy again. 
  4. To provide a model of healthy living that can be passed on to others, especially team members in organisations, teams and churches, hopefully resulting in healthier and more sustainable cultures.
  5. To share my story of leading in the church environment for over three decades which included two experiences of burnout, both of which I was able to work through and learn from. 
  6. To share some insights about sabbaticals and the positive impact they can have for those in a long term ministry or leadership role. 

I look forward to the positive impact that I believe this book will have.

Here are a few initial endorsements:

“Burnout wreaks havoc to self, family, leadership team, ministry and congregation. These can happen way before the pastor becomes aware of the source of the domino effect. Mark Conner is a pastor to pastors when it comes to this topic and Churches of Christ Victoria and Tasmania is greatly appreciative of his gentle, sincere and firm appeal to leaders to stay healthy.”

Philip Kua

Team Leader for Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania

“Mark Conner is one of those rare authentic Christian leaders who admits to one of the dark sides of ministry from personal experience, recovers and tells his story of learnings. In an increasingly complex ministry environment this exceptional book has the potential to ‘stop the rot’ of burnout for the reader who is serious about finishing the race.”

Phillip Mutzelburg
President Emeritus of the Act 2 Alliance
Founding Chair of the Willow Creek Association Australia

New Book Release: “Money Talks – Practical Wisdom for Becoming Financially Free”

Mark has just released a new book called Money Talks: Practical Wisdom for Becoming Financially Free. 

Those of us who live in the Western world live in some of the richest countries on the planet yet, despite this fact, many people are under financial pressure. In this book, I share practical principles for becoming financially free and living wisely with the resources we have. Learn fresh insights about earning, saving, investing, debt reduction and spending wisely. The book also includes extra material on alleviating poverty, church finances, fundraising and the purpose of business.

For those who live in Australia, you can order a paperback copy from WORD Australia for the special price of $15.00 (RRP $17.99).

OR you can purchase it in eBook format for Kindle, or other eReaders, on the Australian Amazon site (for AUS $11.99).

OR, if you live in a country other than Australia, you can purchase the international edition in paperback format on Amazon (US $12.99) or in eBook format for Kindle also on the USA Amazon site (for US $9.23) or 10 other Amazon sites around the world (check your locality).

Some Endorsements:

“It is often not productive to ask pastors for their views on finance or financiers for their views on pastoral care. It is therefore very refreshing to read Mark Conner’s ‘Money Talks: Practical Principles for Becoming Financially Free’, which blends the insights of the pastor with the practical applications of someone who has thought carefully about the power that money has over us. He tackles the biblical road map to freedom in financial matters with a persuasive skill and hands on application.”     

Ken Costa, Author: God at Work

“Mark Conner has a wealth of experience when it comes to the vital subject of how Christians should handle their money. In this practical guide to saving, spending and giving, he helps us view our finances from God’s perspective. He eloquently explains where our hearts should be focussed and offers biblical financial principles that stand the test of time. It’s a timely antidote to this age of conspicuous consumption.” 

Tim Costello, Chief Advocate, World Vision Australia

“Mark Conner’s capacity as a leader is only outweighed by his honesty, big-heartedness and integrity. In the chapters of this book we see his authenticity jump off each page. “Money Talks” is not only accessible and well researched – it is REAL! His down to earth teaching is heaven sent – a balm for the fiscally frazzled!” 

Rob Buckingham, Senior Minister, Bayside Church Melbourne

“This is a timely and significant book about managing our money well. Mark provides practical ideas to help us improve our thinking about money as well as our daily practices. This book is a great read!”     

Lisa McInness Smith, Global Keynote Speaker. Best-Selling Author. Transformational Coach

“In the time I have known Mark, his strength of character, leadership and deep understanding of biblical teachings have had a profound impact on my life. Mark’s ability to translate complex issues into simple and actionable disciplines is a rare gift, and it is one that he delivers in a deeply personal and authentic way. One of the many principles that Mark has taught and practiced both in his personal life and church leadership role, is financial freedom. As a student of Mark’s teaching, I have witnessed individuals and families transform their financial situations from being hamstrung with credit card debt to owning their own properties and running successful businesses. With the wisdom contained in these chapters, I am confident that reading this book will challenge your perspective on biblical stewardship and provide you with the tools to achieve true financial freedom.”

Dan Daniels, Founder and Global CEO Daniels Health

“Finances can be the F word for many of us, but Dr Mark Conner is a person to trust when it comes to making sense of financial headaches. From million dollar budgets in some of largest churches to standing with people living in extreme poverty, Mark has seen it all. With 7 in 10 people currently living on less than $10 a day and disparity between rich and poor creating global instability, this book could not be more urgent or important. This book will especially help us Christians in rich countries to take stock, pray, think and find imaginative ways to be a solution to injustice in the world by making the most of God’s resources at our disposal. Please read this practical, prophetic book and act on Mark’s advice. It will help us all.”
Rev Dr Ash Barker – Director, Newbigin School for Urban Leadership (NewbiginHouse.uk)

The GREAT LEAP for Pastors

I am really excited to be part of a special 2 day event coming up in Melbourne, Australia on 19-20th November 2018 (no longer 5-6th June) for pastors. It is called The GREAT LEAP.

This 28-hour intensive for pastors is a fast-track program to help church leaders gain greater clarity of how they want to spend the second half of their life and make it count. Designed to inspire and challenge high-capacity pastors and ministry leaders, this program will help you pause, reflect and take control of your life.

Our aim is to provide a life-changing, world class experience (using the Halftime process) to assist church leaders to pause so they can gain greater clarity around their God-given calling, resulting in a fresh game plan for the second half of their life and ministry.

Check out the pastor’s halftime web site for more details, including a Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you are interested, sign up soon as numbers are limited.

Mark Conner

“I invite you to join us on this life-changing and unique, highly interactive world class intensive that has proven results and lasting impact. Previously only accessible by traveling to Dallas, Texas, it’s available right here in Melbourne, Australia.”

John Sikkema (Board Chairman, Halftime Australia)

2018 … Off and Away!

It’s hard to believe we are already into February! The new year is well underway. I am loving life and really enjoying this new season. Nicole and I continue to base in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland with regular visits to Melbourne to visit our family and friends.

This year, I am giving my time to a variety of pursuits including speaking, coaching pastors and church leaders, and some work with Halftime Australia. I’ve also been updating my dad’s web site (Kevin Conner), including uploading a number of his books in eBook format on Amazon, and my wife’s web site too (Nicole Conner).

There has been a lot of change for me and my family since this time last year but we are so glad that we made the choices we did – to begin a new chapter and launch out into the unknown.

I hope that year is off to a good start for you too.

All the best.

[A special thanks to Tim Harris from www.truetribe.com.au for the new web front page photo]

What’s New?

As this web site continues it’s renovation, here are a few things that are new – all accessible via the Main MENU on the front page:

      1. Mark’s Schedule, outlining the places and events that he is speaking at.
      2. Various Services that Mark is now making available – including coaching, consulting and speaking.
      3. A link to Mark’s Resources including his BLOG, the Books he has written, and links to various messages available on video, as well as some worship music (audio and video).
      4. A Contact Form for anyone wanting to make enquiries.

More changes are coming.

Until then, enjoy!

Web Site Refresh

This website is currently being refreshed with a new design and new content.

It will become a web site dedicated to Mark Conner and his work while a brand new web site for Nicole is being designed at the same time.

Stay tuned.

Update from Mark Conner

It is hard to believe that it has been 6 months today since I finished up as Senior Minister of CityLife Church. The month of February this year was such as special time as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of CityLife, had my farewell, and inducted Andrew Hill as the next Senior Minister. These important events all went so well and we look back with gratitude for that. We are particularly thankful for the many thank you notes and video messages from people both inside and outside of CityLife, as well as the generous gifts from the church.

These last few months of ‘sabbatical’ have been a time of rest, relaxation, refuelling and recalibration for us. We really love living in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, where we relocated to, although we obviously miss our family and friends in Melbourne. No doubt, as hard as it has been, moving away was a good way to establish a clear transition from a long season at ministry at CityLife to our next season of life and ministry, as well as give the new Senior Minister the space that he needs to establish his own leadership.

Over the next few months I will begin to re-engage in a variety of ministry opportunities that are coming my way, including speaking at various churches and pastor’s conferences, coaching some pastors and church leaders, and doing some consulting work. I’m really excited about this next season.

Thanks for your support and prayers during my recent transition time. I really appreciate it.

All the best.

Mark

Books by Mark Conner

Version 2Prison Break – Finding Personal Freedom by Mark Conner

Living in our broken world creates the possibility of becoming trapped by various negative emotions and habits that can easily become like a prison around us. In this helpful book, Mark Conner shares practical principles for finding freedom from common problems such as anger, fear, worry, rejection, depression, bad habits, and addictions. With God’s help you can make a prison break – beginning today.

Pass the Baton (2nd Edition) by Mark Conner

Pass-The-Baton CoverThere is no success without a successor and Christianity is always one generation away from extinction. These two sobering facts highlight the urgent need for successful leadership transition in today’s churches and ministries. CityLife Church (formerly Waverley Christian Fellowship) in Melbourne, Australia is a church that has successfully navigated three leadership transitions in it’s 50 year history.

Cover Pic (small)Transforming Your Church (2nd Edition) by Mark Conner

In this book, Mark Conner presents Seven Strategic Shifts that the church needs to make in order to be effective in the twenty-first century. There is an incredible urgency in the hour in which we live. These vital shifts will help you to keep in step with what the Holy Spirit is doing. You can make a significant contribution to ensure that the church of Jesus Christ emerges to impact communities, cities and nations for the kingdom of God.

Successful Christian Ministry by Dr. Mark A. Conner

What are the keys to building a high impact long lasting ministry? In this book, Mark Conner shares seven principles for building a successful Christian ministry with practical advice that will empower you to reach your God given potential and make a positive difference in the lives of others.