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Every day is a blessing

The Church of Scotland’s pioneer ministers reflect on their new ministry ahead of a special conference later this month.

PIONEER ministry was launched by the Ministries Council of the Church of Scotland in 2015 on a pilot basis. It is one of a number of initiatives aimed at developing new ways of sharing the Gospel and growing faith which has been implemented by the Church.

This month five of the pioneer ministers share their experience. The sixth, the Rev Dr Liam Fraser, features in our profile on page 22.

The Rev Chris Blackshaw Is Pioneer Farming Minister in the Presbytery of Ayr.

“I minister to the agricultural community across Ayr presbytery and beyond, helping farmers who are experiencing difficulties such as relationship break ups, financial problems, suicides and fatal farm accidents. Mental health and depression is also a key issue, which is worsened by the isolation in which farmers live. I work in partnership with other agencies such as the Rural Payment Agency, Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution, National Farmers Union Scotland, Police Scotland and Trading Standards, enabling me to mediate between farmers and authorities.

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