What is a Ministry Trainee?
A ministry trainee is someone who has committed themselves to learning about gospel ministry as part of a local congregation, normally for a year or two years. Usually, at the heart of their training is the time spent each week at the Ministry Training Course which provides the core of their biblical and theological training. Complementing their classroom-based training, they receive practical experience and training through their involvement with a church, which they attend and serve throughout their time as trainees. Ministry trainees can be of any age or life experience. What matters is their eagerness to grow as ministers of the gospel and their desire to serve a local church.
Is it for me?
It is, if you want a year (or two) to learn how to study and teach the Bible, to experience how people of all ages can feed and grow from God's word, to see how a church works from the inside. You may end up in full-time paid Christian work, you may not. But a year as a ministry trainee will equip you for life.
What about money?
Ministry Trainees are students/volunteers. The focus of their time is the learning and experience they gain and will take into their own future ministry. Financial arrangements vary from church to church. Usually, they will therefore receive a training grant/bursary from the church to which they are attached, which is enough for them to live on for the year. In some cases, they may need to raise some of their own support. In many cases churches will provide accommodation, living with a family or sharing a flat with other trainees.
Where can I do it?
Churches in the South West Gospel Partnership that offer Ministry Trainee positions advertise below.