Printed on eight July, 2019
A bumper crop of trainee Kirk ministers have graduated from Highland Theological School.
Eleven folks have been introduced with certificates and can quickly begin probationary coaching placements inside congregations throughout Scotland.
Seven of them are full-time Phrase and Sacrament candidates and 4 are Ordained Native Ministry (OLM) candidates.
Nearly all of them graduated from Highland Theological School (HTC), a part of the College of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), with a BA in Theological Research.
A few of them attended school campuses in individual whereas others studied from a distance.
Fraser Edwards, 40, “attended” most lectures by way of video conferencing from his house in Edinburgh.
He mentioned he hoped that the broader Church could be inspired to see so many candidates graduate from one school following recruitment initiatives resembling Tomorrow’s Calling.
Mr Edwards, a married father of two, determined to coach for the ministry as a result of he was “dissatisfied” along with his work as an IT specialist.
“I’m delighted to have graduated and since I began finding out part-time earlier than switching to full-time, it took me 4 years to finish the diploma,” he mentioned.
“My examine has been largely by video convention with the occasional journey to HTC Paisley.
“The infrastructure that HTC shares with UHI means the video conferencing expertise has been good and I’ve been ready to participate in all of the lectures stay and to ask and reply questions as if I used to be there.
“Regardless of this there’s a nice religion neighborhood round HTC and amongst the space studying college students so I graduated beside people who find themselves now nice mates.”
Mr Edwards, who labored in IT part-time, mentioned distance studying has many benefits, particularly for older candidates with work and household commitments to stability.
He’s beginning a 15-month probationary coaching interval at Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh in August.
Mr Edwards mentioned: “With the minister, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, away as Moderator of the Normal Meeting for the 12 months, I’ll be working below the supervision of Rev Invoice Taylor who’s Interim Moderator.
“I’m wanting ahead to having the ability to give my full consideration again to studying in a church atmosphere.
“The important thing motive for desirous to be a minister is a way of name to the position, however for me, this additionally grew out of a way of dissatisfaction with my work.
“I wished to do one thing that made extra of a distinction and to have the ability to share the love of Jesus with folks makes the most important distinction of all.
“Our world is in determined want of hope and Jesus is the best hope anybody may discover.”
The commencement ceremony was held in Fortress Road Church, Dingwall on Tuesday and led by Rev Hector Morrison, principal of HTC.
Irene Munro, who will probably be hooked up to the Presbytery of Ross, and Ian Millar, who begins probation at Helensburgh Parish Church, additionally graduated.
The 11 candidates graduated alongside former Moderator, Very Rev Susan Brown, who was awarded with an honorary doctorate.
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