Neil helps kirk launch new re­cruit­ment drive

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews - Kenny Smith

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

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