Let’s hear this interview with Alana Martin, a candidate for diaconal ministry.

When did you know you were called to ministry?

I started to feel a sense of a call when I was a teenager, but didn’t start discerning what that really meant for me until I was a young adult.

Growing up, my mom was studying to be a diaconal minister and through that exposure I felt a strong connection to that type of ministry.

What is it about diaconal ministry that spoke to your call?

Education, service, and pastoral care—I feel so called to the ministries diaconal ministers are commissioned to. I also know my ministry will benefit greatly from the diaconal training program.

What are you most excited about in your training for ministry?

The hands-on practicality of the program, the intense learning circles, and being in the program with other students across The United Church of Canada sharing in community together.

What would you like to say to the people who give to Mission & Service?

Because of your generous donations, students at the Centre for Christian Studies are able to deepen their theological study and ministry gifts.

I am truly grateful for your support and your endorsement of us to become and continue to be leaders within the church.

Our gifts to Mission & Service support theological schools across the country and people studying to enter ministry in the United Church.

If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.

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