Ministry Trainee, St Michael’s Chester Square
Our Ministry Trainee Scheme runs for two years, with the possibility of a third year for those actively pursuing ordination, and is roughly divided into three equal parts: Biblical & Theological Training; Ministry Training & Experience; and Training & Involvement in Practical Service.
Biblical & Theological Training
Trainees are expected to attend The Cornhill Training Course that takes place on one day each week in term time: Mondays in year one, Tuesdays in
year two, with the possibility of a further two-days per week third year on Thursdays and Fridays. Preparation and additional study as part of this program are required. The course focuses on learning to understand the Bible, and how to apply it both to our own lives and to our contemporary culture as well as to teach it effectively to others.
Ministry Training & Experience
Trainees are expected to attend a weekly meeting with one of the clergy to reflect and pray. There will be a combination of work-shadowing and formal sessions focusing on ministry skills, for example, on leading groups, one to one study sessions, planning and leading evangelistic events including helping with the running of Alpha courses, teaching children, youth meetings and activities, planning and leading services, giving talks and leading prayer meetings. Many of the sessions will be practical followed by individual review and feedback.
Training & Involvement in Practical Service.
The trainees’ involvement in this part of the scheme will chiefly involve learning by undertaking practical activities and physical tasks that support the running of the church. Setting up for activities, meetings and services within the church buildings, giving office support by responding to the telephone, and assisting the office staff with general church administration.
Appropriate computer-based, audio/visual and health & safety training are given, including Child Protection, and familiarisation with St Michael’s Health and Safety policy.
The church makes a grant to trainees, currently £7525 pa, to cover their living costs. St Michael’s will pay The Cornhill Training Course fees, and for any additional costs incurred in ministry (e.g. travel, or hospitality). Accommodation is normally provided at no further cost in a house near the
A successful DBS check is required for appointment of this role.
In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 there is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is a Christian.
For an application form, or if you would like to talk further about being a Ministry Trainee, please contact Guy Axelson at firstname.lastname@example.org