Standing committees, made up of Free Church ministers, elders and advisors, look after the strategic running of the denomination and meet throughout the year.
This includes areas of ministry, mission, youth work, training, relationships with other churches, the General Assembly, finance and communications.
The Board of Ministry’s workload focuses on students for the ministry, probationers, ministers, and elders and deacons. Contact its chairman Rev Angus MacRae for more information: [email protected]
The Board of Trustees deal with a variety of issues covering finance, policy, strategy, compliance, communications and risk management. Contact its clerk Mr Scott Matheson for more details: [email protected]
The Mission Board has a broad remit over the ministry of the Free Church of Scotland, including church development, planting, extension and youth work. The Free Church of Scotland also has several mission interests abroad, including Latin America, India, South Africa and Central Asia. Contact mission co-ordinator Sarah Macleod for more details: [email protected]
The Psalmody and Praise Committee is responsible for encouraging and developing the psalm-singing ethos in the Free Church of Scotland. It also helps to provide a list of suitable hymns for worship, as well as the further provision of Scripture songs and paraphrases.
The role of the Seminary Board is to oversee the operation of Edinburgh Theological Seminary. The Seminary is the theological centre where students for the Free Church ministry, as well as others, receive their academic training. Contact Clerk Heather Watson for more details: [email protected]
The Assembly Clerks’ Office is responsible for the practical arrangements for the annual General Assembly, as well as co-ordinating nominations to fill vacancies on the committees. The Clerks are also the first point of contact for ecumenical dialogue. Contact Rev James Maciver for most information: [email protected]
For all other enquiries, please contact the Free Church offices in Edinburgh on 0131 226 5286 or email [email protected]