Overseas placements

Practical service, Bible ministry training and Bible ministry experience in an overseas cross-cultural setting

These training opportunities are based on the model of a UK apprenticeship, with the same three core elements and the added crucial difference that they happen in an overseas cross-cultural context. If you are someone who is excited about the challenge of taking the gospel to all nations, and considering overseas or cross-cultural ministry in the future, then this might be the right next step for you.

The ideal candidate for an overseas training position is someone who:

  • Has an active interest in world mission
  • Is considering some sort of overseas or cross-cultural gospel work in the future
  • May have done already done one year of a UK apprenticeship / have some hands on experience of Bible teaching work

Organisations providing placements

Other organisations providing help and advice in specific contexts:

What's the point...

...for the trainee?

As with any training role, the main aim is to act both as a testing of the water of whether full-time gospel ministry is right and, if so, as a stepping stone into full-time gospel ministry.

Entering any kind of full time, long term ministry is a big undertaking that deserves careful consideration. Ministry is wonderful, and also hard. How much more so when also dealing with the challenge of working in a different culture, coming from very different backgrounds, and possibly working in a 2nd or 3rd language. Testing the water of this kind of full time work is hugely valuable in helping you work out whether this is the right long term plan.

...for the host community overseas?

As in the UK, all around the world the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. As well as learning, ministry trainees offer valuable assistance in the overseas harvest fields. There is a desperate need for faithful Bible teachers all around the world, and trainees can have a big impact in the churches and communities where they serve.

What's the next step?

The first step is to talk through the possibilities of full-time gospel work, here or overseas, with your local church leader (the minister, or student worker etc). This is also the case if you are an apprentice at the moment. Then take a look at the organisations listed above and see if there is one that you would be interested in doing and contact the agency. They'll take it from there. You can also check if there are specific roles being advertised on our vacancies search page.

If you are already in partnership with some overseas gospel workers, also consider whether you might be able to be apprenticed to them. Mission agencies will be able to help you make this idea practically possible if this is the route you want to follow.