I stand amazed at the aptness and timeliness of the opportunities which God has opened to me as I pursued my studies over the years at Uniting College.
As a wife, mother of three young adults, and an Associate Pastor at Parafield Gardens Uniting Church, I was initially reluctant to add study to the mix. What could God possibly have in store for me– a woman passionate to develop new ways of serving the church, but also an active, outdoors adventurous type? I don’t fit the profile of your average minister or theology student!
Three answers were revealed.
In 2011, the Bachelor of Ministry Practice was offered. Its combination of missiology and innovation, with practical ministry studies was very appealing, so I enrolled.
In August 2011, I was appointed as chaplain to Westbourne Park Uniting Church Netball Club. This gave me the freedom to birth a new ministry in an active, outdoor environment, while studying more intensively.
In 2013/14, while nearing the end of my degree, my dream role arose and my new adventure began. I’m now based in Sydney, a full-time chaplain leading a vibrant Uniting Church which serves the present-day Australian culture, and offers an outreach centre for practical mission!
My theological studies have equipped me to grapple with real issues facing the Church today, whilst serving in the community and learning to discern how to bridge the gap between them.
The adventure continues…
** Karen completed a Bachelor of Ministry with Uniting College in 2015.