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A Ministry Trainee to join a conservative evangelical church for one-year to be trained for future service, whether formally or informally in the local church.

About the Role

A conservative evangelical church, in a suburban area of mixed housing, with a high percentage of professionals in both church and parish.  Sunday attendance varies from 120 to 200 in the mornings, 30-40 in the evening.  This includes a good number of young people 0-18 years. There are two primary schools in the parish, a high school just outside and a variety of nearby independent schools. The church staff consists of vicar, youth children & families minister, ministry trainee(s) and part-time secretary.

Main Areas of Ministry of the Church

We are committed to a Bible teaching ministry, and seek to make evangelism the priority of our church. 

Main areas of work as follows:

  • Families – we have a policy of aiming to reach whole families.  We aim to cater for all ages on a Sunday morning and mid-teens upwards on a Sunday evening.  We run a range of activities for all ages and actively pursue adult evangelism through regular Christianity Explored courses & similar. Fortnightly homegroups for bible study and prayer.
  • Youth – younger teens Sunday morning; older teens Sunday morning and midweek bible study.  Friday night outreach clubs on relationship-building model.
  • Men – regular evangelistic breakfasts; men’s discipleship group, dads & kids group and reading one to one.
  • Women – midweek women’s bible study, and some discipleship by more mature church members.

Role of Ministry Trainee

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 about being trained for future service, whether formally or informally in the local church. The position is ideal for someone considering full-time Bible-teaching ministry in the future. The main focus will be on bible teaching and outreach, to include some of the following:

  • Sharing in the preaching ministry, both Sunday and midweek services, as appropriate (i.e. male trainee – according to experience, this could be monthly for any given service).  Some preaching opportunities at neighbouring churches may be available.
  • Assisting in the leadership of outreach courses (Christianity Explored) and discipleship courses.
  • Assisting in the leadership of a homegroup.  This may include preparation of study material
  • Assisting in the presentation of training courses for church members.  This might include evangelism training, bible teaching skills etc.
  • Develop ministry to those in 18-30 age group.  There are a small number of church members in this age bracket.
  • Meet with individuals for bible study and prayer.
  • Helping with youth work, under direction of the youth children & families minister.

There will be a small amount of time spent on practical jobs – PowerPoint presentations, leaflet distribution.


  • North West Partnership Training Course ( This course covers Biblical theology, exposition, doctrine and practical ministry, as well as practice Bible talks with feedback.
  • Weekly meeting with the vicar for help in preparation, feedback and ministry review.
  • Time allowed for personal study if desired e.g. NT Greek.
  • Attendance at conferences e.g. 9.38 network; Proclamation Trust; North West
  • Partnership events.
  • A member of the church will be nominated to provide encouragement and support.

Finance and Accommodation

The post is fully funded by the Lindow Ministry Trust with a training grant. Accommodation would be in a rent-free flat or lodging with a church member.  All expenses paid, including a book allowance. Ministry Trainees have 5 weeks’ holiday per year plus bank holidays

Contact Details

For more information and application form please contact:

Simon Gales (vicar) 137 Knutsford Road Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 6EL Tel: 01625-583251



From September 2017, for one or two years.