Clergy Retreat 2020
Bishop Matt Brain, Diocese of Bendigo
12–16 October 2020
Commencing at 4.30 pm on Monday and concluding on Friday morning
Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, 267 Wellington Street, Ormiston
Treasure in jars of clay — beauty and brokenness
We live in a world in love with prettiness and gloss, even in our churches. This is fine if we have no flaws and no frailties. Yet this prettiness does not sustain nor run deep. In Jesus we have a treasure that transcends a surface gloss and is deeply beautiful. And the wonder is that this treasure is contained within our own fragile clay jar. In this retreat, we will dive into 2 Corinthians 4 to take an honest look at our own fragility and the great treasure God has given that transforms weakness into strength and frailty into beauty.
This will be a partially silent retreat with talking at meals and during group time.
$690 (includes four nights’ accommodation in own room with ensuite, and all meals).
About the retreat leader
Having been born in Sydney, and grown up in Perth, Matt Brain has lived and ministered with his family across the breadth of Australia. Following his training and practice as a physiotherapist, and ministry as a lay-person, Matt was ordained in the Anglican Diocese of North-West Australia in 2003 where he gained valuable experience in rural and remote ministry. He moved to the Diocese of Canberra-Goulburn in 2010 and was consecrated a bishop in 2015 at Goulburn. In early 2018, Matt was installed as the tenth Bishop of Bendigo.
Matt has served in traditional parish-based roles, in administrative and executive leadership, as a specialist youth and children’s minister, and as an academic. He has published numerous books, articles and conference papers. His doctoral thesis was, ‘Treasure in Jars of Clay: Towards a new Pauline Pastoral Theology of Mission to Generation Y in Australia’. He has a keen interest in advocacy and is a trustee of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund – Australia. Matt is married to Rachael and they have five children.