Rev. Malcolm MacInnes

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Rev. MacInnes served numerous congregations in the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland and later in the Associated Presbyterian Churches with congregations in Ullapool, London, Toronto, and Inverness. He and his wife Catherine live in Inverness where they continue to serve in the church and community in countless ways. By way of introduction, the following article by Rev MacInnes captures well the passion for gospel ministry that continues to live on in Rev. MacInnes as he serves the churches by providing pulpit supply, participating in presbytery and general assemblies, and serving as the moderator of the Canadian Presbytery.

Should a minister of the Gospel retire?
For some people  the answer will be an emphatic “No”.

About six months into retirement, I went into a ‘downer’. Thankfully it did not last long, but while I was in it, the experience was not pleasant.

I struggled with ‘identity’. Who was I, anymore?  For over forty-two years, I was linked with a group of people whom I saw as the congregation to which I was attached as their minister. There had been changes over these years, Ullapool, to London, to  Toronto, to Inverness, but the changes gave me a new identity with each move. Then, retirement came. I was no longer connected with any group of people as their minister. I learned a good lesson in that experience. I was convicted of something that I had often preached over the years. My real identity was not with any particular  congregation, no matter what experiences we had gone through together, as pastor and people. My real and lasting identity is in Jesus Christ. I had this in my head and ‘stated confession of faith’ over the years, but now I was given a rich experience of that lasting relationship with God in Jesus Christ.

Retirement is not ‘giving up’ on serving the Lord. It should not be that for any Christian, let alone a minister of the Gospel. I have ‘retired’ from pastoral responsibilities, but not from preaching the good news of God’s love in the Lord Jesus Christ. At one point in retirement, I was laid aside for about six months, during which time I could not for health reasons go out to preach. Early on in that period, I did not know whether I would ever be able to go out to preach again. There was the possibility that I would not. That was a low point. The question came, “What is the purpose of my life and living?” After a period of about five months, my health was very much improved, and at my last hospital clinic, I told the Consultant that I, although retired, had been in the habit if going out to preach. He replied with words that were like music to me. He said that he saw no reason why I would not make a full recovery, and if I felt up to it, I could go back out to preaching, pacing myself wisely. Many a time since, I  have thanked God for tablets, and for doctors who are trained to write prescriptions. Now, in retirement, I am able to accept invitations to preach wherever in the Lord’s providence there is an opening. Distinctives mark denominations, but the need we all have is common to us all – we need to hear about the Lord Jesus, and have him as our Saviour and Lord. So, although retired from certain responsibilities, I value the privilege I enjoy so much. Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.