Ministry Training or Apprenticeship schemes are 1 or 2 year placements with Bible teaching churches to provide good practical experience of gospel ministry. The focus is on helping individuals understand and train for the sort of gospel work that is suitable for them.
There are currently over 200 ministry trainees in the UK with around 100 churches. The majority of trainees are men and women who have just graduated but more and more are older – and there are now some opportunities that are part-time.
Ministry Training Schemes aim to act both as a testing of the water of whether full-time gospel ministry is right for the trainee, and as a stepping stone into full-time gospel ministry if it is right for them. These placements will provide great experience of gospel ministry, in a context of training and mentoring, that will help in discerning whether gospel ministry is for the trainee or not. UK based ministry training schemes are run by local churches and the aim is that the church has the attitude of ‘train, train, train’ and the trainee the attitude of ‘serve, serve, serve’.
Each trainee will have the following three main components in different proportions depending on the individual situation of the particular church:
- Practical service
- Bible and ministry training
- Bible teaching in ministry
What’s the next step?
The first step is to talk through the possibilities of full-time gospel work with your church leader (the minister, or student worker etc). Then take a look at the placements listed and see if there is one that you would be interested in doing and contact the church. They’ll take it from there.
Funding for Trainees
- Gospel Partners Trust - link
The best time to look for a ministry training post is between November and January - when most churches are looking to recruit for the following September. However, there are also placements available to apply for before and after this time.
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