Each week we’re introducing you to different people supported by the Bonar Trust. This week, Jack Strain describes his experience as a first-year apprentice at St Silas Church in Glasgow.
What did you do before your apprenticeship?
I was working as a doctor and had just finished my FY2 year.
What are you learning on your study programme at Cornhill?
Currently learning more about how to present/teach God’s word, by giving short explanations of chunks of scripture and being evaluated on the clarity and accuracy of those. Also spending time in Exodus as a worked example of how to approach and teach a Bible book.
What does ministry look like day to day?
I am involved in students and kids work at church. For me that means meeting up with students one-to-one to read God’s word and leading weekly student Bible studies, as well as helping to lead a Sunday school group for 8-10s.
What’s the most important thing you are learning from the apprenticeship? What have been your highlights?
The most important thing that I am learning so far is that it’s important to keep your head up and look at the big picture of what God is doing and who God is to keep you going day to day, otherwise there are loads of small tasks that you can get bogged down in without trying to see the bigger picture.
The highlights have been seeing new students settle at St Silas and want to come and hear from God through his word, as well as some of the students who were there before who seem to be stuck in with serving at church and CU and are already trying to live for Jesus wholeheartedly.
What are you learning through mentoring?
I am being mentored by Martin Ayers the Rector at St Silas. I think his mentoring is currently helping me learn the importance of picking up your convictions and running with them. The worked example that I have been involved with that is starting something new at church, in particular an evangelistic course that we haven’t previously run.
What would you like to do after your apprenticeship?
I would like to continue into full-time vocational ministry.
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