I'm a 52yo pioneer minister with the Methodist Church, in the Meadows area of Nottingham. The Meadows neighbourhood is a mixed community, ethically and in regards to socio-economic profile, with some significant areas of deprivation. Since joining CYM I've improved my leadership skills, managing the local foodbank; which is an increasingly demanding role serving some of the neediest folk in our community. I've also been challenged to reflect theologically on human growth and development and how the nuture environment contribute to who our foodbank guests are today. This has expanded my understanding of and empathy for those I encounter in ministry.