Skye’s new minister seeks to inspire

Rory-MacLeod
Rev Dr Rory MacLeod (50) – inducted on Friday to Strath and Sleat on the south of the island – has written a doctoral thesis on how to empower congregations to fly solo and worship God themselves.

Skye's new minister says he aims to inspire parishes across Scotland to create self-sustaining worship models to stimulate ministry across the country.

Rev Dr Rory MacLeod (50) – inducted on Friday to Strath and Sleat on the south of the island – has written a doctoral thesis on how to empower congregations to 'fly solo' and worship God themselves.

He also has knowledge of how to plant seeds of fresh expression to connect with a lost generation who have no faith in Christ.

As only one of two ordained ministers in the area, he said he has been "hugely impressed" with the degree of work already going on in his new community.

He added: "There are preaching rotas, home groups, bible study groups. There are projects that are already flourishing.

"The Church is facing a shortage of ministers. We need to look at other ways of worship and we are."

After a mountain top experience in the mid-80s, Dr MacLeod gave up a degree in business administration to enter ministry. He served on the west of Skye where he met his wife and had his first child.

Six and a half years in the Royal Marines as a chaplain followed where he saw action across the world.

Then it was off to St Andrew's. He spent a "turbulent and challenging" ten years as minister at Holy Trinity Church.

After a decade of faithful ministry, Dr MacLeod was looking for a fresh opportunity. Options abroad were considered. But he chose the island which already held a special place in his heart to follow his calling.