I found out this week that after 5 years of guest lecturing and tutoring at our Training College I am no longer to take part in any teaching activity. I must say that I find this personally disappointing because, despite the additional time commitments involved on top of my normal appointment, I have generally found these contributions to be highly rewarding.
Before becoming an officer, I spent 10 years working in adult training so I'm comfortable in the classroom environment and enjoy the interaction with students. Teaching across 3 different subjects has helped me to get to know the cadets and it has been good to see their progress between first and second years. I hope that in this time I have been able to challenge and occasionally stretch people's theological imaginations. I have also been pleased to bring some reasonable social service experience and reflection into the College environment, which can tend to be heavily weighted towards Corps Officership. Finally, my experience of teaching has helped to sharpen my own thinking, which was particularly useful during my post-graduate studies in theology.
I can't help but feel that my own experience and qualifications have moulded a perspective which, while not unique, is perhaps rarely articulated and the chance to share that perspective has been beneficial to me - and I hope to others as well.