Kingswood gets first Pioneer Minister

Published: Tuesday 20th October 2015 by KCFM

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Reverend Ben Norton will become Kingswood’s Pioneer Minister at a ceremony tonight.

Ben says the role is about thinking outside the box: “The first six months to a year will be listening, getting to know folks, building relationships and seeing where people are at. General population of people on here are young professionals, so life is busy. It’s about creating spaces to allow people to begin their faith journey, which is culturally relevant to them.”

“It’s a new project, we’re starting from scratch, there’s no church building, there’s just me and the house (the vicarage). With my job it’s about thinking outside the box and meeting people where they are, rather than expecting them to come to a church building.”

Ben hopes his new role will help people to explore faith in different ways: “I’ve found in previous jobs that I’ve had, people are open and friendly and want to find out about faith, but maybe Sunday mornings aren’t when they want to do it, maybe church isn’t the place where they’d naturally feel comfortable. It is doing things in a new and fresh way but the message is the same.”

Published: Tuesday 20th October 2015 by KCFM

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