Each week we’re introducing you to different people supported by the Bonar Trust. This week we meet Drew Kennedy, a second-year Apprentice at Bruntsfield Evangelical Church in Edinburgh.
What did you do before your apprenticeship?
I was studying full time at Edinburgh Theological Seminary.
What does ministry look like day to day?
I am involved in a lot of kids and youth work. I help lead a Youth club for primary school kids, a Scripture Union group and our own Sunday youth ministry. When I’m not with the groups and young people I’m writing material and preparing. I also meet a couple of students and study with them on a one-to-one basis which I really enjoy.
What’s the most important thing you are learning from the apprenticeship? What have been your highlights?
I’m learning a lot theologically and practically. I’m learning more about the theology and the practice of pastoral care, the different ministries I’m involved in and the life of a congregation week to week.
My highlights are seeing the guys I’m in one-to-one’s with grow in their love of the Lord Jesus, and be better equipped in their own Christian lives and better able to share the Gospel.
What are you learning through mentoring?
I have three official mentors! I meet one-to-one with Alistair Chalmers who is our line manager and main trainer. I have an internal mentor who is a member of our congregation and I have an external mentor, Christiaan Hofstra, the pastor of Bellevue Chapel, which lets me draw on three very different but all equally valuable streams of life and ministry experience.
What would you like to do after your apprenticeship?
I am currently looking at moving into a Youth Work role.
If you would like to give to the work for the Bonar Trust and support more individuals like Drew, you can find all the information here.