| Karen Paull
I stand amazed at the aptness and timeliness of the opportunities that God opened to me as I pursued my studies these last four and a half years at Uniting College.
As a wife, mother of three young adults and an Associate Pastor at Parafield Gardens Uniting Church, I was initially reluctant to add study to the mix. What could God possibly have in store for me– a woman passionate to develop new ways of being a church, but also a quiet, active, outdoor adventurous type? I don't fit the profile of your average minister or degree student.
Three answers were revealed.
In 2011, the Bachelor of Ministry Practice was offered. Its combination of missiology and innovation with practical ministry and was very appealing, so I enrolled.
In August 2011, I was appointed as chaplain to the large Westbourne Park Uniting Church Netball Club. This gave me the freedom to birth a new ministry in an active, outdoor environment, while studying more intensively.
In 2013/14, while nearing the end of my degree, my dream role arose and my new adventure begins. Located in Sydney, I will be a full-time chaplain building a new Uniting Church worshipping community that belongs to Australian culture in the 21st century, while developing an outreach centre to reach non-churched people.
My theological studies have equipped me to grapple with real issues facing the Church today, whilst serving in the community and attempting to discern how to bridge the gap between them.
The adventure continues…