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The Reverend Vet: All About Pioneer Ministry

Yet another step on my journey to bring the teachings of the church to those who are struggling to access it!

Pioneer Ministry

In the last couple of months, I have spent quite a bit of time reflecting on life post-curacy, discussing my future path with various colleagues and friends, and even the Bishop of Chester!

My use of social media for outreach to those of faith and none began during lockdown, under my social media handle of The Reverend Vet. Since then, it has reached incredible proportions and there is now an online community where faith, love of the planet, how to interpret scripture, novel ways to pray and even a Pet Prayer group all provide new ways of connecting with people outside of Church, and creating new ways of doing church together. 

This is what Pioneer Ministry is and, when I qualify next year, I will therefore fall into the category of a Pioneer Minister.

I have always felt the call to work with people outside the church threshold, as faith is very important and a great support, and I would love people who don’t go to church to get a chance to learn a bit more about it.

I am passionate about helping people to think through faith topics rather than not engaging in any discussion about it at all.

As a Pioneer Minister, I will reach out to people who may not have access to the church or perhaps have not had much experience of how life-changing faith can be. 

I am classed as a Fresh Start Pioneer, someone who starts new things, loves firsts and enjoys beginning with a blank canvas. I, of course, will remain attached to a parish church but the focus of my ministry will be to develop The Reverend Vet further, and minister in places where the Church is not present.

It’s an exciting time and I have so many people to thank, including my training incumbent who encouraged me in ministry in the first place, fellow curates who have supported the vision, and technical support and assistance from a small team. Thank you as well to Alex W., you know who you are, for helping pave the way for me in this regard. Of course, how could I forget my hubby, Dave, and the three gorgeous cats Lulu, Poppy (now a star of The Reverend Vet Comic), and KitKat! They have helped keep me sane, and ensured that I retained a sense of humour throughout what can sometimes be a challenging ministry.

Lastly, (but by no means least) a big thanks to you! Without my followers, this wouldn’t be happening. Keep liking and sharing!

The Rev’d Dr Jenny McKay

Veterinary Pathologist and Curate at St Mary and All Saints’, Great Budworth, Cheshire.

Posted on January 11th 2022

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