10 Questions with Miles Toulmin

10 Questions with Miles Toulmin

Alpha Asia Pacific

Stop striving, He’s in control.

We fire 10 questions at Miles Toulmin, Executive Director of Alpha Asia Pacific, about God, music, food and jokes: 

 

What is your biggest passion?

My family

 

What was the last book you read?

‘Overrated’ by Eugene Cho

 

Who or what inspires you?

People who keep going and never lose their hunger, e.g. Sir Alex Ferguson, Nicky Gumbel etc.

 

If you could be anyone for the day who would you be and why?

Spiderman, always my favourite superhero!

 

What has God been teaching you lately? 

Stop striving, He's in control.

 

What is currently at the top of your playlist?

Mumford & Sons

 

Personal highlight of 2014?

Planting a church

 

Favourite joke? 

What do you get if you cross a joke with a rhetorical question? ... 

 

What biblical character would you compare yourself to or identify with?

Timothy

 

Favourite food?

Nasi Lemak

 

Miles studied at Oxford University and then spent 10 years working for a consumer goods multi-national company. He then returned to Oxford to study theology before being ordained an Anglican minister. He was until recently Associate Vicar at HTB, the London church where Alpha began. He is now the Executive Director of Alpha Asia Pacific and Vicar of HTBB (Holy Trinity Bukit Bintang), an Anglican church in the centre of Kuala Lumpur that is home to the Alpha Asia Pacific Hub. He is married to Sarah and they have three children. 

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The idea of running Alpha in the workplace honestly stemmed from a practical reason – late working hours were a barrier to my colleagues being able to attend Alpha at church. It made sense to bring Alpha to the workplace for those who were interested to give it a go.

I remember feeling quite nervous and unsure the first time we ran it back in 2014. I didn’t know what to expect or if anyone would even turn up! ‘Ye of little faith’ I remember a friend saying to me when we ended up with a solid group of about 20 in that first round. Since then, we’ve run Alpha four times - sometimes with larger groups, sometimes with smaller groups - but each experience has never failed to be just as amazing.

The most interesting aspect for me about running Alpha in our workplace was the immediate connection that people made from having something fundamental in common – where they work. There was little need for breaking the ice and discussions took off from day 1 with guests feeling comfortable sharing their thoughts and perspectives.

Alpha in the workplace complements what the church is doing by reaching out to a community that might not have been able to be reached. So many of us know that being out there in the corporate world trying to make it in the great rat race can get tiring and it’s only a matter of time before one begins to ask “Is there more to life that this?” – which is a question that was on the minds of our guests when they came. Alpha provided that safe space for conversations that might not have taken place otherwise.

The most memorable account from a guest for me comes from a guy who had attended our first ever run of Alpha. Post-Alpha, he told us that while was hesitant initially about the whole idea, eventually the weekly sessions became a place of refuge for him in the busyness of work. He said that it was a truly unexpected experience - “Work is what I had associated with stress and a lack of peace but through Alpha, work became a place I found hope, peace and faith.”

It’s not smooth sailing all the time but it is stories like this and many more of that nature that remind me that even if it’s for one person each round, it’s still worth it. And I’d just love to encourage anyone who’s thinking about it to just give it a go! The training and material make the process really simple to get started. Your adventure of a lifetime in running Alpha is just around the corner… trust me, it’s worth it!

Work is what I had associated with stress and a lack of peace but through Alpha, work became a place I found hope, peace and faith.
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