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Ministry Trainee

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We are looking for a Ministry Trainee to join us for one-year (possibly extending to a second year) from 1 September 2017. The Ministry Trainee role is serving and being trained for future serving, whether formally or informally in the local church.

About the Role

Church by the Bay is a church plant, which began in September 2011. We are a small but growing, independent, evangelical church in Morecambe, on the coast of Lancashire. 

Morecambe is an area that needs regeneration. There is much work to be done here amongst the variety of people groups that broadly come under the old ‘working class' label as we strive to bring real regeneration through the gospel.

Our mission is: to go into the world - and first Morecambe and the Bay area - and make disciples by speaking the good news of Jesus, and so gather people into God's Church to bring glory to Him.   

We meet on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am for church in a local primary school, and our Sunday meetings are the high point of our week. We have over 60 people made up of all ages: Christians, a few new Christians, and some not Christians, enjoying hearing God's Word with us. There is plenty of discipleship to be done.

On Sundays we also have training meetings (preaching group and Real Food leaders) and a monthly Prayer Tea for everyone, including the children.  On Wednesdays, we have Real Food - our small groups. We spend time in the Bible, applying and praying so that we grow together and reach out to our town together. We run Christianity Explored courses, as well as occasional evangelistic events (e.g. our Sunday Funday, 12 dates of Christmas, a Pub quiz). We also run Christians Against Poverty  money courses.

We try not to have too much on the church programme in order to free people up to meet non-Christians. Many of the church family are involved in different things in the community with the aim of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the people they meet.

Ministry Trainee Role

We are looking for a Ministry Trainee to join us for one-year (possibly extending to a second year) from 1 September 2017. The Ministry Trainee role is serving and being trained for future serving, whether formally or informally in the local church. This position is ideal for someone considering the possibility of a full-time Bible-teaching ministry in the future. Take a look at our website:

The role is split into three and roughly one third of the week is spent doing each.


Formal training is provided by the North West Partnership Training Course ( This course covers Biblical theology (how the Bible fits together, centred on Christ), exposition (how to teach the Bible), doctrine and practical ministry, as well as an opportunity for practice Bible talks with feedback.

In-house training is provided through staff meetings with the pastor, including help for Bible teaching and feedback and reading books together, Real Food Leaders' meetings and the preaching group. As a whole, the in-house training covers: Bible handling skills; Bible teaching skills; doctrine; and pastoral issues.

Ministry Trainees will be mentored by the pastor, and the pastor's wife, as appropriate. Staff meetings include weekly lunch together, and praying three times a week. There is plenty of time for informal learning and observing as we share our lives together.

Bible Teaching

Ministry Trainees have the opportunity to put their training into practice and teach God's Word in a variety of ways. This might include leading Sunday meetings, occasional preaching, babies and toddlers work (which includes Bible teaching!) children's work, youth work, leading adult Bible studies, music, and internationals as well as opportunities to meet and share God's Word at a 1-1 level. We also ask Ministry Trainees to meet non-Christians as part of a community or interest group.

All the Bible teaching opportunities will be discussed by the pastor and the Ministry Trainee and consideration taken of gifts, experience, enthusiasm and whether they are considering becoming a pastor in the future.

Practical Ministry

There are a wide variety of practical and administrative tasks which may include: organizing the set up team on Sunday mornings, preparing PowerPoint presentations, writing letters, answering the church phone, helping to organize events, co-ordinating Church family lunches and preparing the notice sheets.

Ministry Trainee Person

Ministry Trainees will know and love the Lord Jesus and want to grow in their relationship with Him. They will be humble before God's word and hungry to learn. Ministry Trainees will be servant-hearted, flexible and prepared to commit themselves to Church by the Bay as we work for Christ's Kingdom in Morecambe. They will want to work hard for God's glory and be willing to be out of their comfort zones. They will love people and have strong motivation for evangelism and discipleship. They will be able to communicate with all ages. They will be organized and self-disciplined. They will be team players, loyal to the staff and elders. Ideally they will be computer and internet literate.

Finances and arrangements

Ministry Trainees are given a monthly living allowance, as well as expenses, training course and conference (including the North West Partnership Annual Conference) fees, a summer camp (11-14s or 14-18s) and an £80 book grant. Ministry Trainees have 5 weeks holiday per year as well as bank holidays. The Ministry Trainee year runs from 1 September to 31 August.


For further details and an application form please contact:

Gerry Straker, Church by the Bay, 29 Chatsworth Road, Morecambe, LA4 4JQ

07597 386 370