Graduate Updates

Monday, 10th January 2022
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Editor's note: Over the next couple of months we will be sharing about what our recent graduates are doing now. First up is Benjamin McKay.

Graduate Updates

Hello! My name is Benjamin McKay, and I am a recent graduate of the Irish Baptist College (and it turns out they couldn’t get rid of me because I am currently studying a Master’s degree at the College part-time). For those of you who don’t know me, I am 22 years old and live in Carrickfergus. One of my great passions in life is making, drinking and learning about great coffee, and it won’t come as a surprise that coffee was regular fuel for life at College. Some of my fondest memories from my time at the College came from times around a coffee table trying to crack age-old theological issues (emphasis on trying), learning more about the diverse backgrounds of classmates, and, admittedly, procrastinating when essay deadlines loomed ever closer.

Having been out of full-time study at IBC for about eight months now, it is a joy to reflect on a blessed three years. For me, it was a true privilege to have God’s call on my life to set aside three years to delve deep into His word, wrestle with theology and doctrine that I had never heard of before, and to spend time with so many godly people who were obeying God’s leading in their lives and seeking his guidance for what He would have them do in post-college life. I am so thankful for the input, both academic and spiritual, from the lecturers who sought not only to teach us in a way that was rigorously academic, but also in a way that equipped us for service in the local church, and allowed for an enrichment of my devotional life.

Since leaving, I have been given the opportunity through the Ministry Partnership Scheme to serve as the Assistant Pastor in Ballycrochan for two years. I have now been in the role for about five months and the church has been such a blessing to me so far. From my first day there I felt so welcome, and it is truly a privilege to serve them.

Our current climate has provided unique challenges in beginning a ministry, with a major one being trying to remember names while face masks are being worn. I trust, however, that God has a purpose through all of this and we, as jars of clay, seek to serve him faithfully in whatever situation we are met with. I am involved in a variety of ministries in the church: preaching, visiting, and leading the youth group, and I have been encouraged in different ways through all of these so far. Neil Watson is the Pastor of the church and it has been fantastic to come alongside him, to learn from his experience in pastoral ministry and it is my prayer that I would be a help to him and a benefit to the church in my time there.

    Blog Archive

Let’s Read: The Path to Being a Pastor: A Guide for the Aspiring Graduate Updates Tribute How to Avoid Becoming a Graceless Theological Thug Let's Read: The Path to Being a Pastor Hugh D. Brown Lectures—Understanding and Applying Zephaniah Book Review: Children of Abraham: A Reformed Baptist View of the Covenants by David Kingdon Graduate Updates: Laetitia Let's Read: The Path to Being a Pastor (chapters 5-12) New Books in the Library Friends of the College—March 2022 Graduate Updates: Andrew Let's Read: The Path To Being A Pastor (chapters 13-23) Second Year Placement Deacons The Risen Christ Changes Everything Why Four Gospels? Let's Read: The Path to Being a Pastor (Chapters 24–27) The College Graduation MA Missions Module Reflection Student Reflections (first and second year) Book Review: The Crucible of Leadership Let’s Read: Why Should We Love the Local Church? (Introduction) Let’s Read: Why Should We Love the Local Church? (Introduction) Friends of the College: September 2022 Let’s Read: Why Should We Love the Local Church—You’re Beautiful Commencement Report Cross Cultural Placements 1 Cross Cultural Placements 2 Cross Cultural Placements 3 Let’s Read: Why Should We Love the Local Church—Beauty Demonstrated 1st Year Reflection (Ana Rut) Evangelism Teams 2022 (Armagh and Cavan) Evangelism Team 2022 (Ballycrochan & Comber) Let's Read: Living Beautifully Let's Read: Why Should We Love The Local Church “Always winter and never Christmas” Three Kings
Let’s Read Irish Baptist College Conference (Online) From Intern to Undergraduate (Emily Middleton) Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — The Reason for Redemption Baptists and Revival in the Long 18th Century Second Year Placements From Intern to Undergraduate (Josh Brown) Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — The What and Why of Holiness Final Year During A Pandemic 2nd Year Placement Experience Friends of the College 2021 Update The Art of Reading More Books Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — The Real Possibility of Holiness A Basic Easter Fact The Servant King Podcast Let's Read: The Hole in our Holiness — You Are Holy Third Year Reflection Gospel Guardians: Protecting the Purity of the Gospel for Future Generations Graduation 2021 Book Review: Succeeding at Seminary Let's Read: The Hole in Our Holiness — A Work in Progress Why the Irish Baptist College is Vital to the Health of the Association A Good News Story: The Ministry Partnership Scheme Why Study the Biblical Languages? Profit in Toil: A Short Message on A Level Results Day Let's Read: Small Preaching Recognition Service Report 2021 Sin Forgiven: Nourishment for Life and Joy for Living Let’s Read: Small Preaching—The Character of the Preacher Commencement Service Report Placement Friends of the College Update God Rejoices over His People: A Meditation on Zephaniah 3:17 Let’s Read: Small Preaching—Constructing the Sermon Evangelism Teams: Newcastle and Brannockstown Evangelism Teams: Stonepark and North Belfast Christian Fellowship First Year Reflections (Reuben and Andrew) Some New Books Let’s Read: Small Preaching—The Craft of Preaching Let's Read: Small Preaching—What is God Saying? A Christmas Reflection on John 1 - ‘The coming of the light’ Christmas Reflection on John 1 - ‘Life, Light & Glory’
Time to read Genesis...again Friends of the College - January 2020 Friends of the College - January 2020 Finances Tribute to Marion Craig The Resilient Pastor: Surviving & Thriving in Ministry Just a Blow-in? What is new on the shelves at IBC? Friends of the College - February 2020 Four Reasons to Study Theology Academically From Spain to Moira Testimonial Financial Update Friends of the College – March 2020 Irish Baptist Historical Society: The Mayflower Thomas Patient: the Father of the Irish Baptist Church Testimonials The Pastors’ Conference: An Encouraging Privilege Testimonials (part-time studies) In the worst of times: COVID-19 and the Book of Ruth Friends of the College - April 2020 The Long Wait: Victory Delayed Testimonials - Preparation for Ministry and Evening Classes The Leadership Podcast Testimonials - Ladies Study Fellowship The Leadership Podcast (part 2) Friends of the College - May 2020 Reflections from the Student Chairman Why do we teach the Old Testament? Reflections on first year at IBC Friends of the College - June 2020 Why do we teach Romans? IBC Placement Is Church History a Thing of the Past? Friends of the College - July 2020 Friends of the College – August 2020 Friends of the College September 2020 Recognition and Graduation Service Introducing the Irish Baptist College’s New Logo Commencement Service Friends of the College - October 2020 Filled with the Spirit: Soundings in Luke’s Theology of the Holy Spirit The Famous Five: The Abiding Relevance of the Solas of the Reformation Friends of the College - November 2020 The Importance of Theological Training in Fulfilling the Great Commission First Year Reflections — Tim Houston Singing: The Place of Theology in Corporate Worship New Library Books Friends of the College – Unite to Pray – December Christmas Reflections
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