Have you heard about the 3TRUSTS Scholarships on offer to help you or people from your church develop and grow in your faith through ministry training (formal and informal)?
We caught up with Joshua Irving from Auckland Bible Church to hear more about how he is spending a season being equipped to serve the Church in a variety of ways:
"To see the gospel being shared across these islands is my impetus for choosing to study theology. I was led and discipled as a young believer through the student ministry TSCF, and came to realise the profound impact Christian leadership and discipleship can have on the Church and its witness in Aotearoa."
Joshua Irving is a recipient of the JH Baldwin Scholarship, and is currently studying towards an undergraduate degree in Applied Theology through Carey Baptist College. Josh and his wife Kaitlyn recently moved back to New Zealand, from Singapore:
"After some time away, we were convinced that the place we're best equipped to serve the Church is New Zealand, and investing in training seemed like a good place to start."
Previously, Josh worked for six years as a High School teacher, and five months ago he and Kaitlyn welcomed a baby girl, Eliana.
"I'm convinced that a season of equipping is important to my effectiveness in sharing the gospel, and will prepare me to serve the Church in a variety of ways. For me, it's a real privilege to study again. The financial consideration is significant and I'm very grateful for the JH Baldwin Scholarship, which has been, for my family, a major provision enabling me to study with real purpose."
Josh is supported by Auckland Bible Church: "I've been able to gain practical experience and insight into ministry by serving in a paid part-time position as the Youth Coordinator, and the church has been generous in their care and support for me to study."
If you are thinking about studying God’s Word and training for ministry and mission, we’d love to hear from you and find out if we can help.
The JH Baldwin Scholarship is provided by Lichfield Lands and exists to see men and women equipped for a lifetime of service in and through the local church through teaching, pastoral and preaching ministries.
The JH Baldwin Scholarship is uniquely for people in CCCNZ and Open Brethren Heritage churches. This scholarship is available for Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Postgraduate levels, studying in New Zealand and overseas.