Building links with the Free Church

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.

Calum Cameron lives in Edinburgh and was support by the trust in 2015-16.

Tell us a little about yourself

I’m 22, originally from a wee place near Inverness, and I’m training to be a minister in the Free Church of Scotland.

What ministry training are you undertaking/did you undertake?

I studied for three years at Highland Theological College UHI, and I spent a year working full time as a ministry apprentice in Kilmallie Free Church, a church in a busy community near Fort William.

What lead you into training for gospel ministry?

A strong desire to serve God and serve others with my gifts; to teach and communicate God’s word to others; and to help and support people pastorally with their burdens and struggles. After much prayer, time spent in God’s word, and opportunities to test my gifts under the leadership of my local church, it became clear to me that God was leading me to serve in this way. I was also encouraged and supported by my church leadership, family and mature Christian friends who knew me well, and who were able to provide me with guidance and wisdom.

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

The Bonar Trust generously supported me for a vital part of my living costs during the year I was working full time in Kilmallie Free Church. One of the barriers to going full time was the cost of living expenses, so it was a real blessing that God was able to provide in that way through the Bonar Trust.

If you have completed you training, what do you do now?

I’m now continuing to train for ministry as I study theology at Edinburgh Theological Seminary, and I work part-time for St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh.

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

I have found that a great challenge of working in ministry is time management. Some weeks it is difficult to balance sermon preparation with time spent with people, church events, activities and meetings, along with reading and writing essays, and trying to maintain a healthy balance between work and rest.

A profound joy of working in ministry is the opportunity both to witness God’s transformation in people’s lives as they respond to the gospel, and to see Christians grow and develop as they are discipled.

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