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Inspiration4Ministry: Live

Sabbath, 8 May, 2021

In response to the global pandemic, we launched a new platform that was designed to be accessible and uplifting for students and our global community. The Newbold Podcast was born, and with it, Inspiration4Ministry launched.

Each Inspiration4Ministry episode features a guest in ministry, who shares their personal story – the highs and lows of the journey, their calling experience, the best aspects of their role, and top tips for those considering studying Theology or pursuing a career in ministry.

For the first time, Inspiration4Ministry will be live and brought to you in the comfort of your own home.

The virtual event will broadcast on Sabbath 8 May 2021 and will feature a broad panel of passionate Newbold alumni who share their journeys from their calling experience to their role in the present day.

Our Student Recruitment Officer, Troy Smith will be your host for the event and looks forward to seeing you all there!


Themes of conversation will include:

  • The concept of a ‘calling’ – what is it? How do you know you’re being called to minister? You will hear each panellists’ unique
  • Top tips on how to recognise a calling, the signs of a calling and how to ‘listen’ to it
  • The meaning of ministry. What does it really mean to minister? What’s is it like to work in this industry, first-hand?
  • Practical advice on how to enter the ministry, work placement experiences, mentor opportunities and networking
  • “Ministry doesn’t have to mean preaching” – the roles within ministry and different pathways to take
  • Following each panellist’s journey as they share their highs, lows, realities and ideals, what Church means to them, and their visions for ministry in the 21st century


Speakers include

Pastor Ian Sweeney

BUC President & Religious Liberty Director

Pilira Zapita

Theology Student

Pastor Jefferson Melki

Irish Mission Youth Sponsor & Pastor of Drumcondra SDA church

Pastor Joe Philpott

Pastor of Derby Bethel


This event is for you if: 

  • You would like to experience a virtual Sabbath a little differently that will leave you feeling encouraged and uplifted
  • You are considering studying Theology
  • You would like to pursue ministry but aren’t sure where to start
  • You would like to hear inspirational stories that will enhance your personal spiritual journey


Registration open 

By registering for Inspiration4Ministry: Live, you will be able to submit questions to the panel which will run throughout the entire webinar (aside from the main sermon segment).

Our panel would love to answer as many questions as they possibly can, and for moderation purposes, we will only accept questions asked within the event itself rather than the live-streamed platforms – so please do sign up to get involved!

Secure your seat now (limited spots available for this event):





The event will be hosted on Zoom Webinar, which means that attendees won’t be shown on camera like a zoom meeting.

If you would like to ask a question

  • You can use the Q&A button which will be at the bottom of your screen
  • You can use the ‘raise your hand’ function, and if there is an opportunity, your host will grant your request and you will be taken off mute to speak
  • Upon registration, there is an opportunity to submit a question ahead of time that our host will receive before the event takes place


If you would like to interact with other attendees*

We have enabled a chatbox function so you are able to chat and connect with others that are attending the event – don’t forget to wish each other a very Happy Sabbath!

*Please note, we will not be accepting any questions through the chatbox. If you would like to submit a question to the panel, we ask that you submit yours ahead of time, or through the Q&A feature on the webinar.