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 and Nicole Conner

Mark Conner
Mark Conner has recently transitioned out of his role as the Senior Minister of CityLife Church after 22 years. Mark has a genuine love for people and a passion to help them grow and change. He has a Master of Arts degree from Ridley College and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Mark is married to Nicole and they have three young adult children. Mark is currently taking a few months off, after which he will consider a montage of pursuits, including speaking, writing and coaching.

[Read Mark’s BLOG post “Time To Say Goodbye“]

Nicole Conner
Nicole’s zany perspective on life has her continually questioning and challenging the boundaries of human limitations in faith, knowledge and the practical expression of Christ’s love. Nicole is a contract Researcher and has a Bachelor of Theology and a Master of History degree. Other than that, she consumes way too much coffee!

Mark and Nicole have been married for 30 years and have three young adult children – Josiah, Ashley and Natasha.

[Read more about Nicole and also see her BLOG]

Photo: holidays in Santorini, Greece (September 2014)



Mark Conner has a personal blog that contains a variety of posts on matters such as spirituality, church, leadership, and personal development, as well as personal updates on Mark’s life and ministry.

Nicole’s personal BLOG is called Reflections of a Mugwump and contains insightful reflections about life and other stuff.

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.