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.