At the end of July, eight new students started our three-year pastoral course. The group includes two older men; three young, single men; and three ladies. Apart from the normal classwork (so far, they have studied the books of Exodus and Ephesians, worked with children, and participated in our five-day graduate seminar), we have been working with them in smaller groups of two or three, meeting as ‘families’ once a week to hear how things are going with them both here and at home, and to pray together. These sessions are proving very useful as we are already coming across some areas of difficulty or worry in their lives, and are able to give some more individual help and counselling where needed, before the problem becomes a crisis.
By Stephanie Herron
Ministry leader involved in evangelism and church planting.