The Ministry Experience Scheme

If you are aged 18-30 why not spend a year serving God through the Ministry Experience Scheme.

You will have the opportunity to explore your calling and learn more about yourself, whilst gaining experience of Christian ministry and developing your leadership skills. It is free to do, with accommodation and living expenses provided. 

Local schemes are based in different dioceses across the Church of England. Please visit the scheme map page to see where you could go and what you could be doing.

Below you can read personal stories of previous MES participants, you can also find stories, past and present, across the Church of England's social media channels. Please follow #MESyear.

At the bottom of this page is a form you can use to contact a local scheme to find out more.

Read our participant's stories below of how the Ministry Experience Scheme helped them discern their vocations


If you would like to hear further stories from current MES participants then please sign-up to the MES newsletter.

I hope and pray that you will be part of God's answer to this great challenge of trying to help the Church of England represent, and look like, and serve the great diversity of people in our nation; and to become a younger church.

Below you can listen to Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York presenting a short video message, to MES participants at the online National Gathering event in January 2022, about how important MES is to the wider vision of the Church of England. You can read more about the 10-year vision here.

How do I get involved?

The Ministry Experience Scheme is locally-led and every diocese will have their own distinctive flavour. You can enquire about any scheme that interests you using the form below. Visit our scheme map page to find out more about each scheme. 

(Your data will be held by the Archbishops' Council. Before sharing your data with any diocese your consent will be sought. Data will not be shared with third parties.)

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You can use this webform to make enquiries with several schemes if you so wish but please avoid simply contacting all schemes listed.

How did you hear about the Ministry Experience Scheme?
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"The Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord."

Jeremiah 1: 7-8

A person's sense that a specific role or course of action is being asked of them.


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Pastoral care

Supporting people in their different needs and circumstances


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