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New trainees out to test their call

Synod Ministry Trainee Monique Morby from Emerald
Three young adults are commencing a year of service to the church under the Queensland Synod’s traineeship program.

Gavin Core has just finished year 12 as school captain at Emerald High School and has been anticipating taking up a traineeship for the last 12 months.

Gavin will be working alongside the local high school chaplain as well as Emerald Uniting Church minister Rev Russell Reynoldson.

Monique Mawbey, Emerald, has been considering a gap year and will take up a traineeship in 2006 as an opportunity to test an early call to be a Minister of the Word.

Central Queensland Presbytery Pastoral Relations and Ministry Committee member Caroline Holmes met with the two young trainees at the beginning of the year and interviewed them again in November.

“I was very impressed by their call and the way they had developed over the year,” she said.

After 12 months preparing herself for a traineeship, Tagisa Lale from St Ives Uniting Church Samoan Congregation has commenced a traineeship working with the chaplains at Wheller Gardens aged care residential facility at Chermside.

Synod Traineeship Coordinator Paul Yarrow says traineeships are an excellent way for young people to check out ministry and test if God is calling them into fulltime ministry.

“Now is the opportune time to talk with those leaving Year 12, deferring their Uni course or wanting to make a change. If you know people aged 18 and 25 who have ministry gifts, encourage them to consider a traineeship.”

Mr Yarrow said traineeships are about young people discovering more about themselves and hearing God’s call, while working alongside someone in fulltime ministry.

“We all experience God’s call in different ways. Some people know they have to get in and paddle hard and we would encourage those people to candidate for ministry, but for those who aren’t sure, traineeships offer another option.”

Photo : Synod Ministry Trainee Monique Morby from Emerald