Spotlight: Hannah Child “It’s a great privilege to be working in law”

One of the privileges of being involved with Ministry2Business is getting to meet a lot of people doing terrific work in different sectors and workplaces.
One of the challenges I’m aware of  is it’s very easy to feel isolated when it comes to living out our Christian faith at work. 
So, quite simply I hope these Spotlight interviews inspire and encourage us to see we’re not alone and we’re part of the bigger story that God is telling. 


Introducing:  Hannah Child – Trainee Solicitor & M2B Trustee
Hannah has worked in Manchester with DWF since November 2014. She is the youngest trustee at Ministry2Business joining the team in 2017 and is part of Christ Central Church (Newfrontiers Family of Churches).

1. Tell us a little bit about your business story – how and why did you get into the legal sector? 
I enjoyed talking, new ideas and problem solving from a young age and it was therefore a natural choice to study Philosophy and Theology at University. It was here, through an essay, that I actually became a Christian and my enjoyment for argument, justice and business grew.
After my degree I did some work experience within a law firm which resulted in a job in their risk management team. I absolutely loved it and was very lucky to be encouraged by the Directors to get involved with the business operations.
During that time God was teaching me that business and in particular commercial law, had a significant part to play in his kingdom. As I read the bible I saw more examples of businessmen and women being used by God. Whilst, working for church and charities is essential and to be celebrated, God was showing me that equally, secular work was a place he wanted his children to be especially as influencers and leaders.
This role led me into my current firm where I felt God remind me of a dream I’d had as a child to become a lawyer. During one of the Transforming Work sessions M2B hosted in 2016 we shared what would we like to achieve in work by the end of the year.  I told the small group: “by the end of the year I will have a training contract at DWF”.  After applying for the training contract and with some further study I am now a Trainee Solicitor at DWF based in Manchester.
I love the way the legal profession can assist and support businesses. In particular I’m very passionate about helping clients bring change to their organisation. I believe God cares about business, and I see it as a great privilege to be working in law.

2. What have been some of the significant encouragements in your work over the last year?
An encouragement in work has been working with my current supervisor and team. I was so nervous about starting the training contract but the people around me have been very supportive as well as challenging me to grow and develop in my work.  
Another highlight was working on our International Women’s Day event. The event I was part of involved working with a group of year 7 school girls who visited our office to discuss the importance of IWD, we had some guest speakers from a variety of businesses and we encouraged them to think about what they were dreaming for!

3. Your Christian faith is an integral part of your life – how does it impact and shape your work – where have you seen God at work in your work?
My faith shapes my whole view of work, from simply motivating me in the mundane task of printing to the bigger moments of how I take criticisms and deal with disappointments. As a Christian, I know that I am a child of God, he has created me to work and I should work with the highest integrity. When someone constructively criticises me I can respond positively and learn from it because my hope and affirmation comes from Jesus Christ’s opinion of me, not the changing opinions of colleagues.  This security in my identity is something God has really grown in me through my experiences at work.

It also means that as I know God’s grace in my life I am aware that I will fail,  whether that’s in a task I am asked to do or through my response to a situation. In those moments I am drawn closer to Jesus –  that’s when I learn what it means to be humbly dependent on him.  

 *** Be faithful in the small things and the bigger things are more likely to be given to you.***

4. What’s a key lesson you’ve learned, or best bit of advice you’ve been given, and applied in your work?
The best advice I have had is to be faithful in the small things and the bigger things are more likely to be given to you. Whether that’s printing a Partners bundle right or managing the small finances you have as a start–up business.
Don’t be scared to apologise when you have made a mistake and then take responsibility for it. I know we instinctively want to protect ourselves, but when we take responsibility for our mistakes it’s counter-cultural in many work environments but it is super powerful.

5. What tools have you found helpful to keep growing in your faith especially in the context of weekly work?
For me its worship – I am loving the new album by Evan and Eris (Seasons) and Lauren Daigle. It keeps me focused on who I am working for and on days when it’s hard it reminds me who my Heavenly Father is. I have directly benefited from M2B through their meetings but also meeting with Pete Horlock to discuss work and my faith.
I have a prayer group and I’m an active member of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship (LCF) which gives me space to explore my faith in the context of the legal field.

6. Finally, if you were stranded on a desert island and could have one luxury what would it be?
Something that I could play music from, maybe a phone or speaker (with a solar charger ha!). I love music and not sure I would be able to survive without it.

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You can connect with Hannah on LinkedIn
Image Credits:
Light Bulb Photo by Luis Tosta on Unsplash
Work Women Photo by Rawpixel on Unsplash
Transforming Work Logo by LICC
Evan & Eris Album on Website
Speaker Photo by Pineapple Supply Co. on Unsplash

 

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