Each week we’ll be introducing you to different people supported by the Bonar Trust. In this week’s post Scott Hamilton tells us about his experience as a first-year Minister in Training at Chalmers Church Edinburgh.
What led you into training for gospel ministry?
This was a combination of two things. The first thing was a growing desire to do ministry and be involved on the front lines of God’s work in a local church context. The second thing was encouragement from men and women, peers and those older than me, to seriously think about training for gospel ministry. The combination of these two things has led me to where I am now.
What training had you done prior to your current role, if any?
I’ve been involved in ministry in one shape or another around Edinburgh for the past seven years. I spent one year as an intern with UCCF. I then worked as an apprentice at Chalmers Church for two years before working for UCCF again for another four.
What does training look like day to day for you?
The training role has three main threads. The first one is being directly supervised and trained by my minister in my local church. He knows the intricacies of ministry better than I do and is able to watch me and offer input when needed (often!)
The second is being given an area of responsibility in a local church context (in my case, the music ministry) and being given enough autonomy to learn what it looks like to lead a group of people through change and growth.
The third is theological study. I am primarily trained in my local church by the elders and others, but theological training is hugely helpful to understand how to handle the Bible and teach it to others. I’m hugely grateful to Cornhill and Crosslands for this training.
What have you learned over the course of your training? What have been the highlights?
It has been such a privilege to see the Lord work through weak and sinful people like me! It’s been wonderful to see those who don’t yet know Jesus come to know Him as their Lord and Saviour. It’s been hard and wonderful to see the Lord shape me over the previous years, to show me my sinfulness and to remind me of the cross and His sovereignty at all times.
What role has the Bonar Trust played in your training?
The Bonar Trust has essentially backed and supported individuals like me as we embark upon the necessary training needed for long-term gospel ministry. It’s been prepared to back us financially and continue to back us financially as we dedicate the hours needed to understanding the Bible, the gospel and sharing it with those who know Jesus and don’t yet know Him.
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