Pioneer Ministry Enabler
We are pleased to introduce Andrew Kesiak, our new Pioneer Ministry Enabler, who joins us from 1st September 2018.
This page will be used by Andrew to share more about what he is doing in Buckshaw Village and about his Pioneering work.
Please see below for more from Andrew as he introduces himself to the Circuit.
As you know, the Chorley and Leyland Methodist Circuit has been seeking a person who would develop brand new missionary projects alongside Buckshaw Village Church. Therefore, I am very pleased that I have been offered the role of PIONEER MINISTRY ENABLER and that from September 2018 I will be working, alongside Buckshaw Village Church, on a new vision of church among new communities.
Just a few words to introduce myself: I hold a Master’s degree in theology (currently working on my PhD) and I have a long-term experience of pastoral work in a Christian setting. I am the author of two books on youth and pastoral theology as for over 15 years I was involved in evangelism, applying a range of modern methods, including music, theatre, and mass media. I was also involved in retreats, prayer meetings, Christian theatre, music bands, and liturgical schola, among others. I gained a diploma in classical music (I am currently a member of the Hallé Choir in Manchester) playing several instruments, and for many years, I was also a choir conductor. I run music therapy sessions for people with learning disabilities; I am also a passionate photographer and a guitar teacher. Finally, and most importantly, I am happily married to Maria, who is a musicologist, organist and a piano teacher. We have to children: seven years old Laura and three years old Leon.
What is my vision of Pioneer Ministry in Buckshaw Village? Buckshaw has the potential to become vibrant, inclusive, welcoming and prestigious place of worship, evangelical and well-being initiatives, and a centre of theological culture. The Pioneer Ministry Enabler can play a vital and invaluable role in this process by treating everyone equally, regardless of their religion, race, nationality, cultural affiliation or sexual orientation. Therefore, all my initiatives will be aimed to be ecumenical, with an individual approach to emphasise our respect for each person. I believe that by placing the person’s needs at the heart of all we do, we can provide a wide range of enabling support services, which promotes their dignity, individuality, inclusion and the fulfilment of their potential. We can encourage people to value and appreciate each other; we can show that we respect each person’s dignity, individuality and life experience, that we recognise each person’s spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs, that we seek creative responses to people’s needs. We can also promote open, honest and clear communication and show our desire for each person to have a sense of belonging and to feel part of their community.
Do you think that’s too much? I hope not…
I look forward to meeting you all in the course of my new role.