If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’ve seen the advertisement that indicates that we are looking for people to come and work with us in our Reshaping for Mission initiative. As a denomination we want to see new churches planted, our more fragile congregations revitalised and our healthier churches develop and maintain a missional focus to all their activities. The challenge we face is bigger than we can meet from within our own resources, and we recognise that it is also healthy to have people come to join us from different contexts as they bring their own gifts and perspectives, which can enrich our congregations. So, what sort of people are we looking for?
Firstly, we are looking for people who share our evangelical theological position and a passion to participate in the mission of God here in Scotland. In terms of our theological position, the denomination is a member of the Evangelical Alliance, and their basis of faith is a good summary of our core beliefs.
Secondly, we are looking for people who are willing to work within the ethos of a Presbyterian denomination. Our churches are led by teams of elders working alongside the minister in the Kirk session, and are part of a wider group of churches (known as a presbytery). That means there is a sense of shared leadership, support and accountability. We value the diversity of gifts which God gives to His people, but gifts are to be exercised as part of the body, not as a lone wolf.
Specifically, we are looking for those who feel called to serve as church planters, church revitalisers or as mission-focussed ministers in established congregations. Christian ministry of any sort in twenty-first century Scotland is a challenge, as we need to engage with the influence of both secularism and pluralism and the diversity of present-day Scotland. Those who serve in these roles will need to be mature Christians who have undertaken relevant and appropriate theological training. Ideally they will already have had experience of similar sorts of ministry, and will be able to demonstrate their giftedness. They will be willing to gather round core evangelical doctrines and at the same time to accept that there are areas where there is liberty of opinion. And they will be people who make prayer a priority.
We expect that those who come to lead established congregations are ordained or are willing to undergo training towards ordination. Church planters and church revitalisers may also be ordained but do not need to be, though they will need to have had appropriate theological and ministry training. Above all else, we are looking for people who feel called by God to come and work with us. If you feel a sense of call to come and work with us to break new ground for the Gospel and to bring glory to Jesus by doing this, then please get in touch so that we can begin a conversation and together discern the Lord’s will.Download More Detailed Information