Supporting those in the Highlands

On Mondays we want to introduce you to some of the individuals who have been supported by the Bonar Trust since it started.  Hopefully this will give an insight into the importance of the trust and how the money supports gospel work across Scotland.

Al MacInnes lives in Easter Ross and is currently being supported by the trust.

Tell us a little about yourself

I was born in Canada and moved to Scotland as a boy. I am married and have two young children. I am a designer and artist by trade, but am now training for the ministry with the Free Church of Scotland.

What ministry training are you undertaking/did you undertake?

While I was working as a designer I did some part-time study at the Highland Theological College. I am now a candidate for ministry with the Free Church. I am studying part-time at Edinburgh Theological Seminary while working as a pastoral intern at Rosskeen Free Church in Alness/Invergordon.

What lead you into training for gospel ministry?

I have felt a call to ministry since my teens. It was something I really wrestled with for years, not so much that I did not want to do it, but more of a struggle to know what form of ministry/pastoral work I was being lead into.

How did/does the support of the Bonar Trust help you in your training for gospel ministry?

The help I have received from Bonar Trust has been a great blessing.  Life as a student, with a young family at home, can be very financially challenging. The support I have received from the Bonar Trust, and other brothers and sisters in Christ, has made my training possible.  It is not only a blessing to receive the financial support, but a great encouragement to know that others are lifting us up in prayer.

Give one great challenge and one great joy of working in gospel ministry.

Honestly, one of the biggest challenges in gospel ministry is the daily need for faith in Christ. Like in every other line of work there is the constant temptation to rely on ones own ability and strengths. There is a daily, constant, need to look to Christ as opposed to self.

With that in mind, one of the greatest joys is to be repeatedly surprised by the goodness of God. As we step out in weakness, he meets us with his strength. We are only at the early stages of ministry and already we have countless examples of how God has met our needs in ways greater than we imagined.

If you would like to give to the work for the Bonar Trust and support more individuals like Al, you can find all the information here.

What difference has the Bonar Trust made for Adam McNinch?

1098083b-0d43-4e54-9edd-1a044eec105fOn Mondays we want to introduce you to some of the individuals who have been supported by the Bonar Trust since it started.  Hopefully this will give an insight into the importance of the trust and how the money supports gospel work across Scotland.

Adam McNinch lives in South Queensferry and is currently supported by the trust.

Tell us a little about yourself

I am 35, I’ve lived in various parts of Scotland but now live in South Queensferry.  I’ve been a Christian since I was a small child and have been part of Charlotte Chapel since 2003.  That’s where I met my wife Judith and we have two small children called Noah and Leah.  I studied law at University and have worked in administrative justice for the past eight years.  Prior to that I worked in the social housing sector.

What ministry training are you undertaking/did you undertake?

I am currently a pastor-in-training at Charlotte Chapel and I am also studying full-time for a Bachelor of Theology degree at Edinburgh Theological Seminary.  Between 2010 and 2012 I studied part-time at the Cornhill Training Course in Glasgow.  I’ve also done various bits of distance-learning and church-based training over the years – taking advantage of any useful training I can find!

What lead you into training for gospel ministry?

Three things.

(1) An inward conviction:  I say conviction rather than feeling because feelings come and go and, in any case, they’re not to be trusted (Jer. 17:9!) What I am talking about is a settled conviction that has grown over time and hasn’t gone away.

(2) The affirmation of others:  I fully believe that it is the church who sends (Acts 15:22) – so inward conviction alone isn’t sufficient.  It was very important for the members and elders of my church to decide whether this next step was right for me.

(3) Conducive Circumstances.  To now have a tremendous resource like Edinburgh Theological Seminary on my doorstep has allowed me to study theology without uprooting my family.  In addition, the creation of the Pastor-in Training role at the Chapel is allowing me to minister in the church I know and love to people who know and love me.  

How did/does the support of the Bonar Trust help you in your training for gospel ministry?

Without the financial support that the Bonar Trust provides, along with the support of my church and family, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing at the stage and age I am.

Give one great challenge and one great joy of working in gospel ministry.

One great challenge is not to be overwhelmed by the scale of different challenges eg the challenge to conduct myself in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ, the challenge to lead and love my family well, the challenge to learn the various things needed for gospel ministry, and the challenge to see this nation reached for Christ.

One great joy is people sharing their lives with me. I never tire of meeting up with people – young or old or somewhere in between – and hearing what God is doing in their lives.

If you would like to give to the work for the Bonar Trust and support more individuals like Adam, you can find all the information here.