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A one/two year Ministry Trainee opportunity of general ministry training in a large vibrant South West London Church to experience all aspects of church life and grow in gifts of leading, serving, preaching and being part of a lively and fun staff team. If you would like to serve the local church and community whilst gaining practical ministry experience, this could be the perfect year to invest in.

About St Mark's Battersea Rise

St Mark’s is a lively, charismatic evangelical church (Church of England) seeking to advance God’s kingdom through a Christ-centered, Bible-based, Spirit-empowered ministry. Our three Sunday congregations attract over 450 adults, 100 children and 40 youth each week. These services are complemented by a great variety of midweek ministries. Please go to our website to find out more about our ministries, as well as about our vision and values.

About the Role

The aim of a Ministry Trainee is to serve the local church and community while gaining practical ministry experience. This requires a willing flexibility in all sorts of tasks. We are looking for men and women with a servant heart who are prepared to commit themselves to St Mark’s wholeheartedly, and to do whatever they can to forward the work of the gospel here.

The scheme (lasting for one or two years and starting in September 2019) has three basic dimensions: ministry involvement, ministry support and ministry training. 

You will have:

  • Opportunities to use and develop your distinctive gifts in a wide range of ministries.
  • Opportunities to serve a huge cross-section of people, due to our thriving community ministries and London location.
  • Invaluable behind-the-scenes insights into church leadership in a large, fun and highly collaborative staff team.
  • Opportunity to grow in Bible teaching, leadership, doctrine, ethics, and evangelism.
  • Theological study through Cornhill, St. Mellitus or recommended theological college, as well as in-house study opportunity.

Areas of involvement include:

  • Children’s and youth ministry;
  • preaching opportunities;
  • Alpha team;
  • Big Questions team;
  • communications;
  • women’s or men’s discipleship;
  • community outreach;
  • prison ministry;
  • Sunday services;
  • community ministries;
  • Nightshelter/Glass Door;
  • music;
  • and Church on Wednesday (lunchtime service caring for those on the fringes of society).

Trainees join a lively and enthusiastic staff team who meet to pray every weekday morning and enjoy lunch together every Monday. We are a happy team and seek to share our lives together.

Testimonial from recent Ministry Trainees:

“Being a ministry trainee at St Mark’s has allowed me to journey with God and grow in faith, whilst taking on new challenges and many exciting opportunities. I’ve been able to get involved with lots of rewarding ministries and have had had the opportunity to lead, learn and discover each day. It has reassured me of what God is calling me to in the future and has helped me see what I need to do to get there. I’ve loved working with the team at St Mark’s and it’s one amazing family to be part of.”  (Jen – 2019 trainee)

“The training scheme at St Mark’s is a fantastic year to explore loads of different ministries within a vibrant church and community. It is a fun and stimulating environment to work in every day.” (Marcus)

“With the full support of this fantastic staff team and church I have had so many opportunities to grow in faith and to step out of my comfort zone. Wherever God leads next, I know that I have gained a wealth of experience from my time at St. Mark’s for the journey ahead.” (Emma)

“The Ministry Training scheme is truly extraordinary in the fact that the leadership team value trainees at the same level as everyone else on the staff. Over the year, I have been allowed countless opportunities to learn through new experiences and to cultivate the talents and passions already placed within me.” (Alli)

Funding/Financial Information

  • A monthly contribution towards expenses and accommodation offered with one of our church families, if required.
  • Fees for regular and occasional ministry training courses.
  • Staff lunch once a week with all staff.

Key Dates

Interviews will be arranged following a review of the candidate’s application. Closing date for applications is 24 June 2019 but we look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. You can find the application form on the download bar above left. If you'd like more information, email Nick or call 020 7326 9411.

Further information from St Mark's Battersea Rise