We’re looking for an events manager (maternity cover)
Welcome to Jon Gemmell
We’re delighted that Jon Gemmell has joined us as Associate Director for Conferences and Resources. Jon was at the younger ministers’ conference last week and is in the office from this week. Jon joins us to work three days a week primarily on our conference programme. He comes to us from Scotland where he was senior pastor of Bruntsfield Evangelical Church in Edinburgh for 7 years, during which time he was also Director of Edinburgh City Mission and chairman of the East of Scotland Gospel Partnership. We’re looking forward to Jon being on the team!
International Student Worker for Grace Church Manchester
- We are seeking an individual or couple to build a significant work amongst the large international student and academic community at the two major universities in Manchester.
- GCM has been working in this sphere of ministry strongly over the last 5+ years, and has good relationships and partnerships with others in the city reaching these people. We have a Life Group which focuses on this as its principle mission.
- The key purpose of the role is to do evangelism, Bible study and discipleship with international students and academics, with the goal of seeing them come to faith and be discipled well, and coached about return to their home country.
- Inevitably in such work there would be a number of international Christians who would come along; however, the main focus of our role is evangelism among the unreached (international believers are well cared for in Grace’s other ministries)
- The skills required would be: a self-starter, networker and entrepreneur with a heart for the lost and a love of Jesus. Passionate about winning souls, and able to create conditions to make such ministry happen.
- Ideally, the person would be able to speak more than one language (including English), and we are particularly interested in Chinese speakers
- We are open to considering a single person, but a couple has obvious advantages in doing personal work
- The position comes with provision of a 2 bedroom flat on Egerton Road, Fallowfield M14 6XH and a stipend of approx £8k. We would expect that the worker(s) would be able to raise additional support from their own networks (or through one partner working part time)
- The ideal start date is late August/early September 2017
Cornhill next year
Details of our plans for the future of Cornhill are now online.
At the thanksgiving service for 25 years of Cornhill I outlined the plans and the thinking behind them – you can watch the video below.
The Cornhill pages of our website have now also been updated to reflect the new structure of the course (details particularly in the Content section). And applications for next year are also now open.
Past, present, future
Here’s Christopher Ash’s short exposition from the Cornhill 25 and Counting thanksgiving service.
Cornhill: looking back
Another excerpt from the Cornhill 25 and Counting celebration last week. David Jackman interviews some previous students, together with some videos from former students who are now overseas.
Cornhill: how it all began
Over the next few days we’ll be posting video highlights from the service of thanksgiving for the 25th anniversary of the Cornhill Training Course, held last week.
First, here’s a brief interview with Dick Lucas on how it all began.
Please pray for this week’s Autumn Ministers conference
Please pray for the Autumn Ministers conference which began yesterday. Christopher Ash is speaking on Ruth, and I’m speaking on Principles of Application. Plus a couple of sessions from Vaughan Roberts, our hallmark preaching workshop groups, and time for relaxation and fellowship.
Our blog is taking a sabbatical too….
The Proclaimer blog is not going to be doing quite so much proclaiming as it has in the past. As you will know if you read the blog regularly or read the Christian news in the UK, I’m moving on next Spring to take up a role with the FIEC. Before that I have a three month sabbatical starting very soon and in this changeover period for The Proclamation Trust we’ve come to the decision to suspend the blog for a few months while we take stock.
Do keep us in your feed in the meantime as the blog will be used for news items so you can hear about conferences, resources and other plans. But there won’t be a daily feed from me from after today.
I’ve been posting to the blog for 7 years plus. I’ve lost count how many posts that is. And I noticed the other day when I searched for a particular post that I’d written it several times over those years. In other words, there are times when I’ve sounded like a cracked record. Sorry about that!
But I’ve tried not to lose the aim behind the blog which was to provide a daily encouragement, challenge or thought to those who are called to the high calling of ministering God’s word to others. I know it can be a lonely furrow. I’ve been there. I know it can be discouraging and there are times when you wonder “Is it all worth it?” I only ever really wanted to do one thing with my posts which was to say to you “Keep going!”
Someone once said to me that reading the Proclaimer Blog was like having a cup of coffee with us in the office. I think that is one of the greatest encouragements I ever received for that is precisely the tone and balance we were trying to achieve.
I’m not precious about our blog: there are lots of ways we can get this kind of encouragement, of course. But encouragement we do need. And we need to be those who encourage others too. And whether it’s a note, an email or a text message, the state of preaching would be much healthier if those of us called to this task gave at least some of our time and energy to helping fellow servants.
What could you do today?