Neil helps kirk launch new recruitment drive
A Cambuslang minister is playing his part in trying to inspire a new generation of leaders as it launches a recruitment campaign for ministers.
Reverend Neil Glover, minister of Flemington Hallside Church in Cambuslang, is part of a group which has worked on a short film, Tomorrow’s Calling.
The Kirk unveiled the new video on Sunday, as part of its drive to reach out to people to replace the large number of ministers expected to retire over the next decade.
Church leaders are aiming to recruit 30 new ministers every year for the next 10 years.
Neil, who was in charge of the group that commissioned the film, said: “About three years ago at the General Assembly, there was a motion put forward that we should look at the reasons people under-45 were not coming forward for the ministry in the numbers they used to.
“I’ve been part of a group which has been working on this for the last few years, and one of the key things we needed to do was talk to the younger ministers, then get them to tell their stories to inspire others.
“A lot of the ideas we have talked about, including the stories of younger ministers, is behind the film that we are launching, Tomorrow’s Calling.
“The video came out of the work, and we’ve had a good response so far from young people connected with the church. “We’re feeling very positive about it. “But we have a busy time in the Church of Scotland, focussing on the changes and how we can bring in younger ministers.
“It’s a difficult challenge, I don’t deny that, but Christianity is a faith of hope, and whatever happens will be good for the church and the people of Scotland.
“My hope is that the Church of Scotland will continue to play a role in the flourishing of Scotland, and that we need a younger generation of leaders to help us do that.”
The Church of Scotland’s acting principal clerk George Whyte added: “We recruited a good number of ministers 30 or 40 years ago and they are now coming into their 60s and are retiring. We need to replace them and we need to find a range of people who can lead a church in its local setting.
“We are looking for people who are able to lead the church in ways that are appropriate to Scotland today and the particularities of the places where they serve.
“So, we are looking for that skill-set that they have a sense of how the community is and draw that church out into the community.
“It’s very much part of renewing the life of the church, which is renewing its leadership.”
The General Assembly is meeting in Edinburgh this week.
Spreading the word Rev Neil Glover