Supporting vulnerable communities at home and in South Africa
Ministry Bursary Award recipient Reverend Rachel Dale, used her award to study the theology of dementia as well as supporting charities and vulnerable communities in South Africa.
Ministry Bursary Award recipient James Radcliffe, spent his sabbatical making connections with people involved in sports-based ministry.
James is an Associate Vicar from Lincoln Diocese. He’s loved sport from a young age and became a Christian at 17. Eligible for extended leave after 10 years’ service, a Ministry Bursary Award grant enabled him to take a 10-week sabbatical in South Africa.
The sabbatical involved researching and engaging with churches, chaplaincies and ministers working in sports-based ministry in Cape Town. It allowed James to explore a question from his teenage years: “Why are millions of young, fit and sports-mad teenagers not in church?”
James’ experiences were profound: “I organised much of the sabbatical beforehand, but I also wanted it to develop of its own accord once I arrived in Cape Town. Basing myself at an Anglican theological college gave me a network of people who provided my family and myself with friendship, support and connections. I sat in on a mission course at the college and interviewed many amazing people involved in sports-based ministry. My children attended a township school, where my wife also taught. And I scheduled in a week’s retreat to reflect on how I could share what I had learned once I returned to the UK.”
“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go to Cape Town and undertake this sabbatical – I would absolutely encourage anybody thinking of re-energising their calling to apply for an MBA grant as part of making that possible."