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Ministry Trainee

Preaching Opportunities / Youth Ministry / Music / Children's Ministry


St Giles’ is a great place to be trained and involved in a wide range of ministries: schools, youth and children’s work, services, Bible teaching, 1to1s, lunch clubs, outreach events & courses, music and more.

About the Role

St Giles’ is a great place for evangelical Christians who want to get some training and experience in Bible teaching ministry to get involved in a wide range of ministries: schools, youth and children’s work, services, Bible teaching, 1to1s, lunch clubs, outreach events & courses, music and more.

Since 2004 St Giles’ has been training people for ministry through the 9:38 scheme.
We are a growing Church of all ages and many backgrounds in a socially mixed area of Derby. Derby is right in beautiful Derbyshire and the famous Derby friendliness is alive and well in St Giles’. 

We proclaim Christ so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. We love to tell people about Jesus and encourage believers and we are always looking for the right person to come and serve the Lord alongside the staff and congregation.

We would usually expect to appoint someone who was graduate age or above, though you don't need to have any academic qualifications. The scheme runs for 1 or 2 years, with our preference being 2.

The Ministry Trainee Scheme at St Giles' has 3 parts:

1. Ministry Experience

Throughout the year Ministry Trainees are given a taste of various ministry tasks: working with youth and children, young adults, the elderly, families and enquirers. Each Ministry Trainee has one or two areas of particular focus depending on their gifts and training needs.

Ministry Trainees have a specific Supervisor from the staff who meets with them weekly to help plan their work and to provide monthly reviews. The trainees also meet with all members of the staff team.

St Giles' is a church family and we want Ministry Trainees to fully take part in that family. We believe that this is the main context for their ministry and growth.

2. Service

Ministry Trainees also help in various administrative tasks outside their specific ministry areas. This could include helping with crèche, office work, audio visual support and other tasks. It would not normally occupy more than 8 hours per week. 

3. Training

Midlands Ministry Training Course
Ministry Trainees spend one day per week (Thursday) attending the Midlands Ministry Training Course in Nottingham. The course is designed to help people handle God’s Word properly and equip them for teaching and pastoral ministry. It runs for three terms a year. Alongside time spent studying the Bible,Theology and Ministry there are also opportunities for practical experience in preparing and giving short expositional talks and Bible studies.

Study Projects
Ministry Trainees also complete 4 Study Projects over the course of a year. These cover a variety of Biblical and Doctrinal topics. The study projects are encouraging and stretching with reading set by a staff member and time at the end for discussion with others.

Ministry Trainees attend the annual 9.38 Ministry Trainee Conference and may attend other conferences at the discretion of the Vicar.

Funding and Accommodation

For details about funding provision and accommodation please contact Neil Barber.


If you would like to know more please contact Neil Barber by email or phone (01332 767483) or write to him at 16 Browning Street, Normanton, DERBY, DE23 8DN. 

Further information from St Giles' Derby