Some important personal news about us and the ministry

Every season begins and ends.

Sometimes, endings are difficult; sometimes they are necessary; at times they accompany joy, other times, sadness.

It was seven years ago that I felt God clearly speak to me to leave the well-paid management work I was doing and begin a journey into the church-based ministry space. As many of you know, it was a faith step, and the last seven years have been filled with more joy, pain, healing, brokenness, generosity, bankruptcy and transformation than I can recall.

I have had the opportunity to manage national ministries, be staffed at churches, travel nations and spend thousands of hours supporting church leaders through prayer ministry, counsel and presence. I would like to say that labouring with Jesus in this space has been a walk in the park, and it has been; Jurassic Park! Seriously though, if it wasn’t for those few moments a month that I would see the tenderness of Jesus hold a heart and bind up broken pieces, I would have quit long ago – because it’s been very hard and costly to myself and the family.

I’m writing this because Natalie and I … are moving to a new season in our life. We are not moving physically from where we are, which is a great relief. But the vocation and calling into this next season means that the Ministry we had established as a vehicle to serve you and others, Leaderheart, will be winding down.

Many things have transpired in the last two months that have made this choice easy including some significant community work that Natalie has secured supporting those in need. Just in time after her lengthy surgery recovery. Natalie will continue to offer limited counselling spots via webcam.

I will continue my leadership and management training and studies. I have been offered a unique opportunity with a good University to enter a research program that will go towards a PhD in the coming years. I will continue to teach/preach locally from time to time but certainly won’t be travelling – preaching or offering the pray ministry that I did for many years. I’m hoping to continue writing poetry and articles – which I’ll email out and put on social media. (Our online Teleios Academy will not be running again, but all the previous teachings are still available to Patreon supporters.)

Our three children are at an age where they need us both around more. Next year we will have two in high school and our eldest has a part-time job so she especially needs us to be around – as a taxi 😉

Overall, we are personally grateful for the season which has passed, and excited about this new season ahead of us. Leaderheart, as a registered charity, allowed us to operate in the previous season. It was a ministry that echoed our sentiment on the importance of being heart-led and seeing the hearts of leaders healed – so that the organisations they led would be healthier. We are very proud (in the best kind of way) with what we all accomplished together. That desire in us to transform lives isn’t gone. We are just changing vehicles for this next season.

We want to thank our board of directors, Kath and Greg, for their service and support over the years. We want to thank so many of you, who, out of obedience to Holy Spirit and compassion, gave generously towards the work of the ministry. We want to thank those of you who prayed for us, both regularly and from time to time. Mostly, we want to thank you for believing in us and we ask that you continue to believe in us, even if it’s not under an official ministry name/entity.

Finally, you should know, that running and establishing a legitimate religious charity in Australia is not cheap. Sincerely, Nat and I are hoping that some of you might help us close it down well. We have around $4000 worth of fees, charges and bills to pay in order to wind it down neatly. If we can do that before year-end, that would be ideal. If the funds can’t be raised, it will cost us personally – and that would be a sucky way to end this season, quite frankly.

***UPDATE: December 2nd – A bunch of generous people came together and each gave towards the ministry’s closing costs and the $4300 goal was reached!  YAY!! Thank you so much***

If, after December 3rd you feel to donate towards us personally, you can still do that via my blog, the bank details are our personal ones. You can do that via this link: davidtensen.com/donate

Thanks for reading this far! We really appreciate you!

Love and blessings,

David and Natalie Tensen


Winding Down of LeaderHeart appeal total

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10 Comments

  1. Eugene Wong November 27, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Well done, good and faithful servants.
    I’ve thought for many years that your ministry is important, but wondered if churches would be able to quantify the value you have brought to them.

    I hope the next season is easier for you. As someone who founded and then passed don the reins of his own ministry, I know that what follows can be hard and requires time and space to grieve properly, even if there is complete peace or relief about laying it down. So I wish you both a season of inner rest (and hopefully some bodily rest too!), especially as you trust in God to complete the good work He has begun in so many people through you.

    Thanks for what you have channeled into Hillview over the years. My prayer is that the blessings that you have been will be returned to you tenfold. Bless you and your family, and what is yet to come.

  2. David Tensen November 27, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks so much, Eugene

  3. Kat November 27, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Bless you for the amazing work you have done and for this wonderful new season!

  4. Beryl Mac Glashan November 27, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    You’ve both imparted taught and demonstrated so much thankyou………” Every good wish..”… That saying is printed on a favorite post card of mine I really like its wording.. Love Beryl

  5. Lois Hughes November 27, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Having the faith to close a door you know that God opened is so often more difficult than it was to open it. But we know, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”
    How grateful I am that the Lord had you walk in this last season. My heart was touched and healed, and my life forever changed. As you walk in obedience into this new season, may you be led by the holy spirit with great joy and anticipation. There is much to be done in your new ministry! Lord bless and keep you both always.

  6. Lyn Joyfull November 28, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Love you both and I am so very happy for this new opportunity/adventure it’s time❤️

  7. Lyn Joyfull November 28, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Love you both and I am so very happy for this new opportunity/adventure it’s time❤️

  8. Anne Dowling November 28, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Thank you for your tenderness toward Holy Spirit – it showed in the way you ministered over the years – I appreciated your leadership and input into Elijah House.
    Be blessed on your new journey – may you see and experience new aspects of our God, may your giftings increase and flourish during this next stage of life.

  9. Catherine Teoh December 4, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    David and Natalie you have both been faithful servants of the Lord
    His blessings will continue wherever He sends you both, I’m confident of this.
    May He keep all of you and may His countenance continue to shine on you both and on the children

  10. Michele December 20, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Hi David and Natalie
    thankyou for your support in prayer and workshops through the Leaderheart ministry.
    I have been blessed and received emotional healing personally through your kind words and thoughts.
    I pray blessings of protection and provision into your new journey with the Lord.
    Enjoy this Christmas season as we celebrate our dear Saviour’s birth.
    Love from Michele O

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