Last month all 34 of our pre-accredited ministers gathered in a snowy Pitlochry. Every January we hold a three-day conference as part of our commitment to give a high level of support to these men and women in the first years of ministry. A number of things struck me about these 34: their enthusiasm, their commitment, their considerable gifts, skills and abilities, their growth year-on-year and their deep desire to be faithful servants of Jesus.
I also noticed their age. One third of the group are in their twenties and one third are in their thirties. It’s good news that a high percentage of our newest pastors bring the can-do attitude, the energy and the high expectations of younger adults into the leadership of our churches. Moreover, at a time when we are recognising as a family of churches God’s call to invest in young adults, it’s significant that we have so many pre-accredited leaders who are part of the generation that is on our hearts.
We often remember Paul’s words to Timothy: ‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.’ Our pre-accredited ministers are setting us a great example. This is a time for celebrating what they bring to our churches and keeping our eyes (and hearts) open for the other young adults God is raising up to lead and serve in these days.