Work and Family/Personal Wellbeing

Work and Family/Personal Wellbeing

Join us online for the National FLAME Network as we look at how you can take responsibility for your personal work-life balance. This session will help you map a way forward by identifying what you value most at home and at work, and assist in making choices that align with your biblical values and enable you to be the leader that God created and called you to be.

"The Great Woman Theory, the scarcity issue, and the mental load have the potential to crush us if we truly believe that rising into our leadership means we should do it all. It’s not just the biggest lie of all; it’s the cruellest too. There has to be another way, and there is..." Jo Saxton ? from "Ready to Rise: Own Your Voice, Gather Your Community, Step into Your Influence" 

As leaders in the education space, we work in a fast-paced, information-rich, emotionally demanding environment and women often carry higher caring responsibilities for staff, students and their families.

How do we maintain a balance between our spiritual, emotional, home responsibilities and the busy school context - without depleting our emotional and spiritual wellbeing?

What strategies or practices can we use to replenish ourselves?

Event Information

Cass Pendlebury will host this program and share some feedback from her doctoral research on Spiritual Wellbeing and Spiritual Practices in the leadership of Christian schools. Importance of keeping your relationships with self, others and God healthy.

Dr Tim Hanna will present the Ministry Partners model (Keith Farmer’s model) together with thinking about mentoring from a wellbeing perspective and offering training to potential mentors.

Dr Jeannie Trudel will present a practical session on managing stress: ‘We have to manage stress and stressful situations. How do you respond to that pressure and move forward? Awareness of your own thoughts is a step towards increasing resilience as a leader’.

Dr Rochelle Masters will be interviewed by Cass Pendlebury on taking responsibility for your personal work-life balance

  • Only you can know what is reasonable for your long-term health and wellbeing.
  • Reviewing your work practices and the available job resources to buffer demands
  • Lapses in maintaining your wellbeing is a key barrier to fulfilling one’s social capital


Your Host, Cass Pendlebury

Cass has been in the role of EO NSW/ACT at CSA since 2014 and has a background in both Christian Education and HR/Management Consulting. Cass is a member of the Independent Schools Consultative Committee, the Children’s Guardian Education Sector Roundtable and has established the NSW Christian Education Sector Roundtable with representatives from Christian School organisations who meets with the Education Minister biannually. Cass also has the national portfolio for Curriculum and has been integral in the development of the God’s Big Story Framework and design and presentation of a range of curriculum resources for teachers in CSA Schools that fit with the Australian Curriculum. A Christian since her teens, Cass attends Coast Community Church where she is an active member of the community. Cass has two adult children and lives in a ‘haven’ on the Central Coast.

Dr. Jeannie Trudel

Dr. Jeannie Trudel has been the President/ CEO of Christian Heritage College, Brisbane, Queensland since 2018. Jeannie has lived and worked in three countries. She worked as a solicitor in Melbourne before moving to the USA. She served in leadership roles at a couple of American Christian universities before being called back to higher education in Australia. During her time in the USA, she also worked as a mediation trainer and organisation development consultant, serving as a court-appointed/ approved mediator in Los Angeles, Boston, and Louisville. She has a strong interest in conflict management in the workplace.

Dr. Tim Hanna

Tim has spent 30 years in local church ministry in Australia, leading local churches in a number of states as well as lecturing at Theological College and in the church leadership space with Willow Creek Australia.  His last 10 years have been as CEO of Compassion Australia. His own experience and opportunities have given Him a passion to help leaders flourish in their own leadership roles and so now Tim is committing Himself to this endeavour. Tim is married to Chris and they have 9 children and 24 grandchildren. He is a sports tragic, enjoying most sports, and doesn't mind a good coffee.

Dr. Rochelle Masters

As Principal Clinical Psychologist and Director of M&Co, Rochelle seeks to provide fresh approaches to mental health care treating a vast range of mental health presentations in children, teens and adults. Rochelle brings a unique blend of clinical expertise and piercing insight into the emotional and physiological dimensions of wellness. She has been widely recognised for her work bringing tangible, meaningful change to the mental health of thousands of West Australians. Rochelle is a highly sought after speaker and frequently presents to other practitioners as well as community stakeholders in a variety of forums.

Qualify for CPD Hours

This event attracts CPD hours according to the following AITSL professional teacher and leadership standards:

6.1 - Identify and plan professional learning needs
6.3 - Engage with colleagues and improve practice
7.4 - Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities
- Leading teaching and learning
- Developing self and others 
- Engaging and working with the community

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration at any time using the Zoom registration link that was sent to you upon registration. No refunds will be issued after 3 days out from the event. Any cancellations made after this date will be charged the full registration fee. 'No Shows' to the event will be charged the full registration fee. 

The event program is subject to change without prior notice.


FLAME is a network for women to support their journey into and through leadership at a school, leadership or board level. Come and join a passionate group of women on Zoom to continue to inspire, support and challenge Christian women in leadership in Christian education. If you are a male leader, you are welcome to be one of our champions by attending yourself and/or encouraging a female leader on your board or school management team to be encouraged and inspired.

The FLAME network will enable strong connections between experienced and inexperienced leaders and help identify and encourage structures that support women in leadership. If you are a male leader, you are welcome to be one of our champions by attending yourself and/or encouraging a female leader on your board or school management team to be encouraged and inspired.

“Flame is more than networking and building relationships, it’s about developing capacity of female leaders and aspiring female leaders to lead with confidence and humility to be all that God has created them to be.” – Jill Healey, National FLAME Network Facilitator, Christian Schools Australia.


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Thursday, 29 July 2021
11am - 12:30pm AEST
$26.40 Members | $37.40 Non Members
via Zoom
1 CPD hour
Public event

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