Each week we’re introducing you to people supported by the Bonar Trust. This week we hear from Dan Reisinger who is a first-year Pastor-in-Training at Harper Memorial Baptist Church in Glasgow.
What led you into training for gospel ministry?
Church leaders recognised some raw gifts in teaching the Bible and discipleship and a genuine pursuit of godliness in public and private life, and they offered me a training role. After 3 years as a ministry trainee, I grew in godliness, gifting, a love for God’s son/word and people, and a real desire for pastoral ministry. That and some more church leaders recognising this helped me find a suitable next role.
What training had you done prior to your current role, if any?
I have done 3 years as a ministry trainee in 2 very different locations (Blackpool+Chessington). While there I have done the North West partnership training course and have completed the London Cornhill training course.
What does training look like day to day?
Harper is a great church to be training at, with a great team who are very focused on discipleship and training. There’s lots of opportunities to get stuck in with a wide range of ministry experience, and also times of shadowing Alan, the senior pastor, through some more unique and trickier pastoral situations.
Some ministry opportunities include: preaching+leading Sunday gatherings, leading a mid-week home group Bible study and a mid-week evangelistic/discipleship course, starting up+leading+teaching a weekly young adults work, 1-to-1s, and some involvement with local CU’s.
I also have the privilege of doing the Pastors’ Training Course at Cornhill Scotland, which breaks up into 50% classroom study // 50% home study once a week.
What have you learned over the course of your training? What have been the highlights?
I have learnt/been reminded and challenged afresh about lots even in the short time I have been at Harper. Some of these things include: the reminder that faithful gospel ministry often includes consistently doing the ordinary, often overlooked things to love and serve ordinary people in everyday life; the power of God’s word to transform lives; that our ministry is a creaturely one, we are limited and finite and so we are wholly dependant on God to be at work in and through us, and even often despite us.
What do you hope to do when you’ve finished training?
The desire would be to go into pastoral ministry wherever the Lord calls and brings me.
What role has the Bonar Trust played in your training?
The Bonar Trust has played a pretty vital role in my training already and I hope will continue to, as I would not be able to afford to work full time at Harper Church apart from the generous grant they have given to me for this year.
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