Rev Dr Daryl Potts

Rev Dr Daryl Potts

Lecturer in Ministry

Daryl J Potts is a lecturer in pastoral ministry. Daryl’s particular area of expertise is in pastoral praxis and managing the spill-over of ministry work and responsibilities into the relational areas of the minister’s marriage and family.  Daryl's Doctoral Thesis investigated the impact that being involved in ministry has upon the family life of the minister. Daryl lectures in ministry based courses such as Church and Society, Foundations of Pastoral Ministry, Pastoral Administration and Management, Communicating the Christian Faith, Preaching, Healing Ministry and Pentecostal Practices for Ministry.

Prior to joining us at Alphacrucis College Daryl was involved in pastoral ministry for over thirty years, starting out as a Youth Pastor upon his graduation from Bible College, and then being involved in pioneer, mid-size, large and mega churches in Associate and Senior pastoral roles in churches across Australia.  He has served the AOG/ACC in various roles such as Youth Alive, District and Regional Leadership, State Executive membership and was Vice President on the State Executive in South Australia until he relocated to take up his role at Alphacrucis. He brings the wealth of these experiences as a pastor and leader to the ministry stream of our college.

Daryl is a member of the Ecotheology and Sustainable Development and Pastoral Theology and Ministry research cluster.


Doctor of Philosophy (Alphacrucis College)
Dissertation Title The Triple "A" Theory of Ministry Function and Family Fulfilment 2018

Master of Arts (Leadership) (Sydney College of Divinity) 2008

DipMin (Ministry) (Commonwealth Bible College) 1984

Current Research

Perceptions of Adult Pastor's Children regarding their Experiences of being a Pastor's Child

Research Interests

The Impact that being involved in ministry has upon family life.

Keys to managing the occupational demands of ministry life in a positive and productive manner.

How to activate true Pentecostal Ministry and Leadership in the 21st Century Church.


  • 2020
    • Potts, D. J.(2020). As for Me and My House: Keys to a Flourishing Family and Fulfilled Ministry. Wipf & Stock.

Journal Articles

  • 2023
    • Daryl J Potts (2023). Eco-theology and Pentecostal Pastor’s Families: Could an Intentional Focus on Eco-theology Strengthen Pentecostal Pastor’s Families?. Journal of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity, Volume 43, 2023 - Issue2. | External link
  • 2021
    • Potts, D. J.(2021). Suffering in Silence: Examining the Silent Suffering of Christian Clergy Wives, A call to acknowledge their voice and value. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counselling, 75(1) 51–59. | External link
    • Potts, D. J.(2021). Investigating Theoretical Frameworks for Researching the Ministry/Family Journey – A Literature Review. Family Process, .
  • 2020
    • Potts, D. J.(2020). The Triple ‘A’ Formula for Flourishing Ministry Families: An analysis of the ministry/family journey of credentialed ministers and their spouses within the Australian Christian Churches. Pastoral Psychology, 69(2) 149 - 167. | External link | AC Link

Internal and External Grants

  • 2024
    • AC Conference Funding, $2000, AC
  • 2023
    • AC Conference Funding, $2000, AC


  • 2023
    • Eco-theology and Pentecostal Pastor’s Families: Could an Intentional Focus on Eco-theology Strengthen Pentecostal Pastor’s Families? (2023), European Pentecostal Theological Association, Frankfurt, Germany, 18 Jul 2023
  • 2022
    • LIFE FM Interview on a Talkback Radio Program (2022), Radio Interview on LIFE FM Radio Program, Adelaide, 16 Oct 2022
  • 2021
    • The Violence of Silence: The Silent Suffering of Pentecostal Pastor's Wives (2021), Society of Pentecostal Studies Conference - A Pentecostal Response to Global Violence Against Women, Dallas, Texas via Zoom, 20 Mar 2021
  • 2020
    • Radio Interview on LIFE FM South Australia (2020), Father's Day and Family, Adelaide, SA, 06 Sep 2020
  • 2019
    • Family Well Being (2019), LIFE FM Interview on a Talkback Radio Program, Adelaide SA, 05 May 2019
    • Radio Interview Regarding my research on Ministers and their Families (2019), Radio Interview, Radio Northern Beaches, Sydney, NSW, Northern Beaches, Sydney, NSW, 04 Feb 2019
  • 2018
    • Ministers and their Families (2018), LIFE FM Interview on a Talkback Radio Program, Adelaide SA, 23 Sep 2018
    • The Ministry/Family Journey at SA ACC Conference (2018), State Pastor's Conference, Influencers Church Paradise, 18 Sep 2018
    • A Call for Justice for Ministry Families (2018), search Conference on Contemporary Ministry: Justice & Christian Ministry, Alphacrucis, Melbourne, 06 Sep 2018
    • Professional Development for Pastors and their Families (2018), Professional Development Day - Melbourne, Alphacrucis, Melbourne, 26 Jul 2018
    • Ministry Stress, Burnout, & Compassion Fatigue (2018), AC Alumni Presentation - Brisbane, AC Brisbane, 07 Jul 2018
  • 2016
    • Everyday Spirituality in the Home (2016), ACNZ Research Conference, ACNZ, 08 Jul 2016

Engagement Publications

Journal Articles

  • 2020
    • Potts, D. J.(2020). Heaven's Highway or Hell on Wheels. ACC E_Magazine, Sept 2020.

Creative Production or Compositions

  • 2018
    • Daryl J Potts (2018). Podcast - Ministers and their Families. . | External link

Professional Memberships

Britain Ireland Association of Practical Theologians (since 2019)

International Literacy Association (since 2021)

National Council on Family Relations (since 2021)

Society for Pastoral Theology (since 2019)

Society for Pentecostal Studies (since 2018)

Current Supervision

  • Current
    • Ball, G, Discipleship Definitions in the Twenty First Century (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Niven, A, Entering Ministry as an Advanced Adult (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Ponnusamy, S, Preaching the Gospel in a Hindu Shame Based Culture (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Rengger, J, A Mixed Methods Study of the Trinitarian Foundations of Local Church Caregiving 'In the Moment': Integrating Clinical Pastoral Education Practices and the Theology of Jürgen Moltmann into C3 Church Caregiving Praxis. (PhD thesis)
    • Staggs, A, Supernatural Transformational Leadership and Strategic Intuition: Towards A Practical Theology of Strategic Pentecostal Leadership Development (PhD thesis)
    • Houston, L, An Exploration of the Interpretations and Use of Psalms by Akha Christians. (PhD thesis)
    • Taylor, G, Liturgical Theology and Pentecostalism in Australia (draft working title) (MPhil thesis)
    • Newton, J, What aspects of inner healing prayer do Australian clients find most helpful to well-being? (DMin thesis)
    • Scott, S, Reimaging change within a local church (DMin thesis)
    • Olushola, A, An investigation into human experiences and perspectives on signs and wonders: Comparative analyses between Sweden and Nigeria (working title) (MPhil thesis)
    • Moores, R, The Impact of Retirement on Pastors, their Families and the Church (working title) (MPhil thesis)
    • Chehade, D, Crisis Management in Pentecostal Churches in Australia: Crisis Chain Theory (PhD thesis)
    • Crouch, D, A History of Hills Christian Life Church (DMin thesis)
    • Menzel, M, How do Pentecostal Women Explain, Understand and React to Pornography Consumption by Household Partners? (PhD thesis)

Completed Supervision

  • 2023
    • Rhodes, J, Divine healing in Australian Christian Churches: a review of contemporary ministerial practice and perspective (DMin thesis)
    • Kruithoff, I, Factors influencing monoethnic churches’ longevity (DMin thesis)
  • 2022
    • Matakaca, A, Fijian Spirituality amongst Pastors (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Scott, S, Paul’s Mentoring Methods (Masters Project/Thesis)
  • 2021
    • Yuen Man Chie, Katy, Identifying and overcoming barriers of multi-ethnic discipleship in a monocultural church (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Taylor, G, Theological Considerations in Developing Australian Pentecostal Churches. (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Hepplewhite, G, Empowering female Pentecostal undergraduate students (PhD thesis)
  • 2020
    • Teh, J, The Intersection of Christian Pastoral Ministry with Professional Practitioners (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Minahan, T., Re-engineering stagnate churches (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Amirthanathan, J, Discipleship across the generations (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Ignatius, S, Developing Leaders within a Mono-Ethnic Church (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Kenny, P., Burnout amongst Church Planters (Masters Project/Thesis)
  • 2019
    • Heaseung Jeong, The current situation of Korean migrant churches and their missiological tasks in Australia (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Sam Haidar, “Outsider” ministry: a case study of establishing an Arabic church in Perth 1989-2010 (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Cheng, B., Giving & Generosity in Pentecostal Churches (Masters Project/Thesis)
  • 2018
    • Baumann, H., The impact of the decline of Women attending American Mailine Churches (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Haliman, D., An evaluation of the effectiveness of ministries in making disciples at Bridge Church. (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Folagbade, A., Mono Ethnic Churches (Masters Project/Thesis)
  • 2017
    • Rivas, H., A Home for the Spiritually Displaced (Masters Project/Thesis)

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