By Fiona Stewart
I work part-time for Cairn but I often think my other job, as Creative Director for Foolproof, equips me well for this role. I am a theatre practitioner, a workshop leader, a writer and an improvisor, and these skills come in handy when working with Cairn in Glasgow. Being part of Cairn feels like being on an adventure. There’s a sense of stepping out with God into the new, and although that can feel unsettling at times, it’s exciting to be part of what God is doing in our nation at the present time.
My role includes networking and praying with other leaders through the Centre of Mission in Glasgow, running the Glasgow Training Hub and establishing a missional community in Dennistoun in the east end of the city. Often it involves juggling responsibilities with a hefty amount of improvisation as, along with other leaders in the city, we seek to build and encourage expressions of the Kingdom of God.
I made the enormous cultural leap from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 2014. I’d been part of Central since 2008 so I’d been part of a number of missional communities, I’d heard the vision for a disciple-making movement across the Celtic lands and now I sensed a call from God to get behind the vision by relocating. Having previously lived and worked in Glasgow for 10 years as a youth and schools worker, the leap wasn’t so huge, and returning to Glasgow has felt like a homecoming. I love seeing people flourish in their God-given calling, and I love trying to find new ways to communicate the timeless truth about Jesus to people, and it’s good to be back doing that with old friends and new contacts in a city whose motto is ‘Let Glasgow flourish by the preaching of your word and the praising of your name’.
It’s really important to me that, alongside training others and thinking strategically about the whole of the city, I am also part of a growing community of people in Dennistoun who love Jesus and want to see our part of Glasgow flourish. We meet regularly together to eat, pray, read God’s word, worship and find ways to bless our community through active involvement. Jeremiah 29 is an important chapter of Scripture for us, as we want to seek the peace and prosperity of the place where God has led us. At the heart of what we’re doing is a commitment to prayer and unity, so we work in partnership with other Christians, and we’ve learned not to rush in before really seeking God.
It’s an adventure, and we’re privileged to be part of it…and we’re always looking for other people to join us in the adventure!