The Queensland Synod’s Employee Assistance Program policy provides for individuals to access confidential professional counselling services of up to three one-hour consultations free of charge.

The Synod is extending this service to all ministry agents (Deacon, Minister of the Word and Ministry of Pastor). The provider can assist with short term intervention strategies to help resolve a range of matters, such as coping with stress and anxiety.

The current provider is Change Futures (07 3857 0847; The provider is based in South East Queensland, but can provide counselling services by phone or telephone conferences (which they set up). You will need to advise Change Futures that you are a ministry agent and they will invoice the Queensland Synod directly.

Alternatively, you can use another nearby provider which you can locate through relevant professional associations such as “Find a Psychologist” or “Find a Registered Counsellor”. If the alternative provider does not agree to invoice the Queensland Synod, you will need pay for the consultation and seek reimbursement from the Synod.

The Employee Assistance Program policy contains a list of additional resources and Ministry Agents can raise matters as part of your professional supervision (resources are on the Queensland Synod website).

Please contact Grant Weaver, Manager People and Culture on 07 3377 9867 or via for further information.

Rev Heather den Houting
General Secretary, Queensland Synod