Elim Hub to open doors for retired ministers
An agency-like department is to be launched to help open doors for retired ministers. The Elim Hub will be headed by Malcolm Hathaway, who has led Southport Elim Church for nine years.
Malcolm said, "We recognise that there are men and women coming up to retirement with potentially 40 years of experience and skill, and they find themselves suddenly with no post. They are wanting opportunities to put what they have learned to good use. Some of them can get connections through networks and openings, but others can't. On the other side, there are churches across the country where there are specific needs for support and help. Perhaps a pastor is taking a church through major changes and needs support, or they might be on a sabbatical.
"The Hub will act as an agency for people who are retired but active and wanting to be used. We will try and match their gifts with national needs."
Malcolm's first step is to draft a questionnaire for all retired ministers and gauge the response.
Elim General Superintendent John Glass said, "There is a great deal of wisdom and experience within those ministers within Elim who have retired from leadership of the local church. I am delighted that Malcolm Hathaway has accepted our invitation to make this rich resource available to the wider movement."