Each year at St Andrew the Great we are blessed by a team of servant hearted apprentices who join our staff team. The year offers a wonderful opportunity to serve the local church, receive training in Bible ministry and grow in love and knowledge of God. It is a great way too for testing whether paid Christian ministry is right for you, and to use it as a stepping stone into it if it is.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for at least four apprentices to join the team from August 2017, for one year. Applicants need to be eager to serve humbly, demonstrate a good grasp of Christian truth and knowledge of the Bible, model Christian living and have a genuine interest in exploring whether paid Christian ministry is for them. Apprentices have normally been new or recent graduates, both men and women, some from our own church family and some from other churches across the UK and the world.
What will the year entail?
Throughout the year we hope to provide a helpful experience in the context of training, mentoring and practical service, as well as a high level of pastoral care from members of the staff team. The three main components of the year include;
1) Bible and ministry training
Our apprentices will each attend the TEAM course (Training for East Anglia Ministry), on Wednesdays during term time. The course helps people to understand and teach the Bible – be it in an up-front, small group or one-to-one setting. The course also spends time looking at a broad spectrum of Christian ministry including areas like counselling, evangelism, mission and youth work. It’s taught through a mix of lectures, discussions and small group work.
In addition to this, the apprentices will receive weekly Bible training sessions with our Ministry Trainer, Christopher Ash (former director of the Cornhill training scheme in London from 2004 to 2015), as well as weekly lunches with our vicar, Alasdair Paine, to learn about teaching and preaching the Bible.
2) Bible teaching experience
Each apprentice will have opportunities to put their training into practice by leading Bible studies for undergraduates, giving talks to our youth group, helping lead children’s groups, occasional Sunday preaching with our partner churches and regular one-to-one meetings with undergraduates.
3) Practical service
The practical service is a varied and crucial aspect to the apprenticeship. Much of the church’s ministry is enabled by the apprentices setting up for events, cooking a vast amount of meals, and undertaking a range of office administration. The work is tough but enjoyable and a great way to learn humble service for our King who serves us!
The application process is now open. Please send your CV and covering letter explaining why you want to be an apprentice to Tom Beaumont. If successful, the next stage will be a three part interview process, where you will be asked about your Christian faith, witness and character, as well as some questions to test your Bible knowledge!
Each apprentice is awarded a grant to cover living costs, and accommodation near to the church is provided free of charge.