Czech Republic adventure for Glasgow minister
Published on 26 October, 2017
A Glasgow minister is taking up a challenging new role in the Czech Republic.
Rev Dr David Sinclair will spend the next four years working in the international and ecumenical department of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethern in Prague.
He will concentrate on twinning relationships between congregations there and churches in the English-speaking world.
Dr Sinclair will be organising visits to the Czech Republic and looking after visitors when they come.
Other programmes and campaigns, links and connections, will be part of the 62-year-old’s work as and when the church, the biggest Protestant denomination in the country with more than 260 congregations, needs them to be.
Dr Sinclair, who was minister at Wellington Parish Church in Glasgow from 2008 until last month, said he was looking forward to emigrating on November 6 with his wife Mary.
A former Moderator of Glasgow Presbytery and Secretary of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland, he added that the time was right for a new challenge before he retired.
“I am looking forward to my new role, it will be something different,” he said.
“My job is about accompaniment and helping to make sure that the Czech church feels supported, remembered and contributing to the wider world of the church.
Dr Sinclair is embarking on an intense Czech language course with his retired teacher wife, with whom he has two children, until the end of the year.
The grandfather of four said his role, which is funded by the World Mission Council of the Church of Scotland, also involves working with international bodies and helping to ensure different Christian denominations work well together.
“I will be responsible for maintaining and developing twinning relationships with Czech congregations and ones in Scotland and the wider English speaking world,” Dr Sinclair added.
The Czech church has ties to the Lutheran church and the minister and his wife have mission partner links to the Church of Scotland Presbyteries of Perth and Inverness.
Dr Sinclair, who grew up in Stirling, said he had thoroughly enjoyed his time at Wellington Church, which now has a vacancy.
“It is a good place to be, has a vibrant, international congregation and does a lot of work with Glasgow University students,” he added.
“Wellington would be perfect for someone with vision, imagination and energy to take things forward.”
Rev Ian Alexander, Secretary of the World Mission Council, said the Church of Scotland has "many different elements" to its links with the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren.
"Congregations are building positive and exciting links with each other in twinnings," he added.
"There is sharing through Czech ministers coming to work for a year in Scotland, participating together in Family and International Camps, supporting each other’s practical witness and social engagement, especially on human trafficking and refugee support.
"We are delighted that David and Mary will go to support the work of the ECCB, in deepening its links with congregations in Scotland as well as with other churches around the world.
"All these aspects of our work together are things to celebrate as part of our earthly pilgrimage in building together the body of Christ and seeking together to witness our Reformed faith in our world".