Nineteen new recruits to Church of Scotland ministry have been accepted following the first round of this year’s assessment conferences.
A further 34 candidates are eligible to be considered this autumn and hopes are high this year’s intake of trainees could prove be the largest for some time.
The latest recruits include 29 year old David Nicolson from Stornoway. The married father of one joins the Church following a career making television programmes for BBC Alba. He’s confident working in the media has been a good training ground for full time ministry.
“Now I have discerned my call to serve God, I cannot imagine a more exciting prospect. Getting to satisfy that itch, that inner voice that asks: ‘What was I put on earth to do?’ is thrilling. My hope is to get alongside fellow leaders in the Church and work as a team – utilising everyone’s strengths, gifts and callings within the Church to maximum potential.”
A large number of the Church’s 800 ministers are due to retire over the next 10 years and the Church is actively seeking candidates for ministry through its new ‘Tomorrow’s Calling campaign. The initial response has been very positive, with a video promoting parish ministry viewed by more than 55,000 people in the first three weeks since it went online. A Vocations Conference at Aberdeen’s Queen’s Cross Church on June 27th is almost full, with just a few places left for anyone who wants to find out more about taking forward their call to ministry.
Rev Neil Glover, the Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Ministries Council, said: “We have been hugely encouraged by the numbers of people signing up for our Vocations Conferences, and also entering our discernment process. Being a minister is a remarkable job, indeed more than a job, a remarkable calling. We believe there are many people, including many young people, in Scotland who are eager to give the best of themselves for the good of others, and Ministry is something which allows them to do exactly that.”
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