Monthly Archives: January 2017

Priorities…. Come and See

“Hello Mark, so what you been up to for the past 20 years?”

The opening line in the trailer for the imminent T2 Trainspotting movie. This time around the movie tackles the passing of time head on, where the characters 20 years on are all too aware of the cul de sacs and dead ends at which they’ve now arrived. They are to quote one of the movie’s lines “Tourists in their own youth” a description that perhaps applies to the audience watching it too... read more

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Priorities…. Lift up Your Heads

Stobo Castle keeps popping up on my Facebook feed telling me that the third Monday in January is the worst day of the year. I’ve never been to Stobo, but it’s very nice of them to care about my state of mind at this time of year. Most of the chat around New Year is about new beginnings, the chance to start over, a clean slate, a new you. But I think actually the hard part of New Year, which probably does sink in around about now, is that when you sit down at your desk and remind yourself who you are and what you do, you slowly realise most of the stuff you are engaging with is not new... read more

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Priorities…. Wellbeing!

Who are we taking care of?

I was listening to a song a little while ago when I was struck by the lyrics,

“You take care of you for me, and I’ll take care of me for you.” 

I immediately thought about the importance of self care in ministry, and the issues of wellbeing, flourishing, burn-out, work related stress etc that I witness regularly in my role as Pastoral Support Manager for the Ministries Council.  On paper the idea of taking care of ourselves sounds straight-forward enough, so why can it be so challenging for those of us in ministry?  I guess we only need to imagine how someone would feel if their minister was to offer them the response, “You take care of you for me, and I’ll take care of me for you” to see that clichéd lyrics don’t always provide us with all the direction we need... read more

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Priorities… Get Connected!

Get Connected, Stay Connected
– or blood makes you related, love makes you family.

In the first few months since taking up the post of Priority Areas Secretary I have visited a number of congregations to find out more about the context in each area. Sometimes I have visited alone, or with a Priority Areas Committee member or with my colleague John Finch, our new Ministries Support Officer. Our approach is to listen, to offer and to ask.   These visits have taught me so much... read more

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