Explore the opportunities below to find out more about the different schemes on offer:
Bath and Wells are offering a paid Ministry Experience Scheme for two trainees, one based in , and one in and Yeovil.
Bath and Wells’ Ministry Experience Scheme includes:
- 10 hours per week in a supervised placement
- 6.5 hours per week at St Paul’s, Weston-super-Mare to study, reflect and worship in community with other trainees and interns
- 1.5 hours per week working alongside the diocesan Go Team to gain a wider perspective and diocesan experience
Jump in to an enormous range of opportunities to try new things, meet new people and learn where God is calling no matter who you are or what your circumstances.
Participants will act as a beacon across the diocese, not only changing and growing themselves, but also inspiring others to explore God’s calling on their life.
Spend a year in Blackpool working in one of three churches, all of which are ministering in areas of deprivation. Live on an ‘outer estate’ and learn to listen for the heartbeat of God for you and those most in need.
Bristol are offering a unique experience to work across a range of parishes and mission areas, working alongside a team of inspirational vicars, ordinands, and curates. Participants will also benefit from high quality teaching at a vibrant theological college.
In taking part you will:
- be supported as you explore God’s calling on your life
- serve across the life of the church: from supporting outreach initiatives and running groups for children to leading worship and exploring the Christian faith with others
- benefit from the opportunity to grow in your ministry and discipleship through theological training and mentoring
- experience ministry on the inside as part of a lay and ordained team in a mission focused context
- receive a living wage at 30 hours per week on a 10-month contract.
Explore whether God is calling you to ministry in the Church of England by gaining experience of what it is really like.
Our vision for the Pursuit year is to see a generation of young leaders released to learn, to grow, to be challenged, to make mistakes and most of all to lead in step with Jesus. Our vision is beyond a year; this journey towards being a great leader is a lifetime pursuit. We want the Associates to catch God's vision for his people and to be the outworking of that in the world. We believe that this is a central part of being the local church and seeing our nation changed. We want to see young people gaining hands on experience that comes from pursuing God, seeing where he's working and joining in.
Our year is developed around each individual who comes to us. We want to make the year as bespoke as possible to the individual, recognising that not everyone is created the same way.
Pursuit is a formation year for young people aged 18 – 30. You will be paired with a local church or organisation/ministry for the year, where you will be able to explore and develop your interest in ministry and leadership skills. We will provide training, using both Growing Leaders from CPAS and also our diocesan course Living Faith. Living Faith will give you a chance to meet and mingle with other people within a local setting and broaden your ideas and thinking around faith and the action it takes in our everyday calling as Christians.
You will also have the opportunity to help lead our flagship youth event ‘May Camp’ and get to experience an overseas mission trip somewhere in Europe.
Durham are offering an opportunity to compare and reflect upon distinctive settings, churches, and communities, through well supervised ministry experience in Durham and Sunderland.
The Cambridge city scheme will place participants in a unique environment where a huge engine of economic and intellectual growth lives alongside some of the poorest and most disadvantaged areas of the country - and large evangelical and anglo-catholic powerhouse churches (with small resident populations) are only a mile away from suburban and estate churches that minister to the extremes of wealth and opportunity.
Experience Anglican ministry outside its heartlands, but near enough for beneficial comparison. To live, pray, and serve in continental Europe is to be exposed to new vocational experiences of a rich and particular kind.
The Diocese in Europe are offering placements across the continent, including:
● Christ Church, Vienna (Austria)
● Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Brussels (Belgium)
● St Martha and St Mary, Leuven (Belgium)
● St Paul’s, Tervuren (Belgium)
● The English Church, Ostend - Bruges (Belgium)
● St Nicholas’, Helsinki (Finland)
● Lyon Anglican Church, Lyon (France)
● St Paul's, Athens (Greece)
● Holy Trinity, Utrecht (The Netherlands)
● St George’s, Barcelona (Spain/Catalonia)
● Holy Trinity Geneva, (Switzerland)
● La Côte Anglican Church, La Côte (Switzerland)
Our distinctive scheme gives participants experience of two emerging trends in the Church's sense of vocation and ministry.
The first is the renewal of religious life that the Archbishop of Canterbury sees as central to the life of the church. This is why our scheme is firstly and formally a New Monastic community based around Benedictine and Franciscan principles, while being immersed in parish life.
Secondly, our scheme gives participants paid employment in the service industry. One of our local curates runs a hotel and is a priest in secular employment. We are very keen that participants learn hospitality and service skills to high standard, and, more importantly we want them to see that the future of the Church may include a high percentage of self-supporting ministers who can theologically make work sacred.
In addition, the scheme also offers a very strong link to the HTB resource church and its theological college St Mellitus in Plymouth. All this whilst resident in one of the most popular seaside towns in Britain, which has an unique strong sense of community and offers those who come here a type of moral lesson of how the church and town can work together.
The Diocese of Gloucester is offering an exciting and fulfilling one year ministry experience scheme for young people (18-30) who would like to explore whether God might be calling them to Christian ministry. During the placement the scheme will provide an opportunity for participants to experience ministry in a variety of settings and will aim to equip people for a life of service to God. You will also have the opportunity to complete the foundation year with Cuddesdon: Gloucester and Hereford (or other theological training based on your previous experience), enabling you to grow in your understanding of the Bible and of your faith.
Central to the scheme is the opportunity to live in community for a year with a rhythm of regular prayer and reflection, an experience of ministry, study and fellowship. Put together, we believe these elements will give you the opportunity to explore what God is calling you to in your life.
Ministry will be explored in parish or other context, such as chaplaincy, under the supervision of experienced clergy. You will be involved with preaching, leading worship, leading bible study groups, sung worship and children’s and youth ministry. You will also have the opportunity to go into local schools and provide support in classes and in collective worship. You will become fully involved in the life of these places as a member of the ministry team.
Opportunities will also be provided in Gloucester city, which will include engagement with local community groups serving the poor and vulnerable. This will be through working with organisations such as the Nelson Trust, George Whitfield Centre, Gloucester City Mission and the Foodbank.
It is expected that the parish/chaplaincy placement will occupy about 75% of your working time and you will be carefully matched with the most appropriate parish/chaplaincy and clergy supervisor.
Theological learning and reflection will take place within the teaching programme of Cuddesdon: Gloucester and Hereford for theological study.
Weekly personal training and reflection will be carried out with officers from the Diocese of Gloucester’s Mission and Ministry Department and you will also have regular meetings with the scheme co-ordinator to review your placement.
Termly reflections will help you apply your theological training to your practical experience.
Personal development will be supported throughout the year, and weekly teaching sessions will cover a variety of vocational and development activities, including working on developing a personal development plan.
The scheme Chaplain will also provide support, and ensure that you have time for regular prayer and reflection as part of the small community you will be living with. There will be a shared rhythm of prayer and worship to help underpin this.
There will also be time for you to reflect on your own self-understanding and growth in faith through the year, so whatever follows, you can go forward more confident in where God is calling you.
Hereford’s Discover enables up to four young people each year to work full-time in ministry, living together in Hereford, based in parishes, and given appropriate support and finance.
Discover is intended as a means for young people (18-29) to find support in their vocational journey with God.
Discover the unique challenges of rural ministry, as seen on the BBC’s A Vicar’s Life.
Share in ministry from the centre of Bradford to the edge of Leeds and the suburbia in between. Each participant has the chance to share and learn from each other within this large and diverse diocese in the North of England. "Encounter" is the key word.
Diverse and enriching. Learn how to discern when God is at work, and be equipped to join in as you are shaped by God.
Working as a pastoral assistant in north London is a great way to nurture your vocation through ministry in inner city parishes, working, living and praying together with others at the service of the people of God.
Leadership and growth. From Harrods to Heathrow.
Work alongside others from different traditions, in parishes geographically and sociologically very different. Including central, inner and suburban London parishes, explore different areas of youth, student, young adult, and broad parish responsibilities ministry.
Share and grow together, to develop a wide understanding of the different styles and opportunities of ministry within church leadership roles.
Explore your call and live out your discipleship in East London.
The Scheme is rooted in prayer and worship, and welcomes applications from all people exploring God's calling, including those considering a vocation to ordained ministry in the Church of England.
Discern your calling in an urban, inner-city setting and take part in sharing the gospel anew in the 21st century.
Vibrant and challenging. Challenge your thinking on mission with this unique combination of ministerial experience in challenging settings and community projects.
Norwich are offering spaces for four young adults to experience a range of ministry settings, including parish, prison, cathedral, university, and health care.
Living and working within a parish community you will have the time and space together with the support and resources to help you listen, learn and explore your sense of call, as you journey with God and seek his guidance in your life.
You will be part of a growing number of young people exploring God's call within the Church of England.
Peterborough have two schemes on offer: Echo and Xpect.
Learn alongside older participants and youth ministry apprentices across a diversity of placements, from urban to rural, representing a range of different church traditions and worship styles.
Benefit from well-developed resources and high-quality support and training.
Salisbury offer two streams: urban and rural. Understand your vocation by experiencing ministry in either context.
- Live in community in Poole with others exploring Christian ministry or in Rural Parishes in beautiful Wiltshire and Dorset
- Get ministry experience in a local church
- Receive theological training with Sarum College and others
- Reflect, learn and grow in your Christian life
This scheme is specifically tailored to help you pray more, serve more, and grow more.
What is God calling you to? Would you like to spend a year exploring your vocation in the Isle of Man as part of the Ministry Experience Scheme?
As a diocese in the Church of England, we offer the opportunity to:
• Experience ministry and mission in Town and country with a range of church traditions.
• Receive regular supervision with clergy, with structured support to reflect on your own spiritual development and discipleship
• offer the opportunity to undertake the Diocesan Certificate in Christian Studies.
• Reflect regularly with one of our vocation Advisers
• Live in community with other young people exploring vocation.
You will be given a living allowance and be provided with a cooked lunch daily shared with other interns and Cathedral staff.
Join us in the diocese where we aim to be: partners in mission, life-long learners of the Christian Faith and be resilient in sustaining ministry.
Is God calling you? Would you like to spend a year exploring your vocation in the Croydon area of South London? Parish experience, teamwork, missional communities, diversity, and urban communities are all part of the Ministry Experience Scheme in the Diocese of Southwark.
You would live in community with three other people, with shared prayer and meals, theological reflection and study, and have the opportunity to participate in ministry experience in urban and suburban ethnically diverse parishes, with a range of churchmanship and theological traditions, and both traditional and fresh expressions of church.
You will have regular supervision with clergy, structured support to reflect on your own spiritual development and discipleship, and the opportunity to study on the Bishop's Certificate in Theology course run by the diocese. You will be offered time to reflect on your sense of calling and vocation with support from the Diocesan Discipleship and Vocations Missioner, who will also supervise your learning. And you will receive an allowance for expenses!
Join us in Southwark where we are passionate about being people with hearts on fire, who love God, who walk with Jesus and who are led by the Spirit.
Southwell and Nottingham’s young leadership college is ambitious and dynamic. Develop leadership and whole-life discipleship through an experience tailored to vocational discernment and personal growth in all vocational contexts.
The young leadership college stands at the heart of the diocese’s commitment to growing disciples.
St Albans are looking for three pastoral assistants for the Hatfield Ministry Experience Scheme, a combination of parish experience and university chaplaincy work.
A unique opportunity to explore your vocation whilst living in community, serving in a multi-faith student environment, and undertaking varied parish work. There is an allowance for Pastoral Assistants of £100 per week.
St Albans are looking for enthusiastic people who will get stuck in to both parish and University life; who are willing to grow their faith and share it with others; and who will be comfortable working with people of diverse backgrounds.
Truro’s Way2 Community is an opportunity to test the nature of ministry you feel called to.
As Way2 Community members, you will gain parish experience in the varied contexts of local churches in and around Falmouth, with opportunities to experience and lead different styles of rural and semi-urban ministry and youth work.
You will also be invited to spend one day a week on a placement outside the local area, working with St Petroc’s Society for the homeless and experiencing Christian leadership and ministry at Truro Cathedral, chaplaincy at Falmouth University and at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. We ensure you have space and time for the prayer, study and reflection which are an essential part of the formational journey.
You will be supported and guided by our large clergy team, headed by Fr. Simon Bone (who is also Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands), and have regular discussions with the DDO, the Revd Canon Jane Vaughan-Wilson. A community warden oversees the day to day running of the house and offers pastoral support, and each intern is guided by a spiritual director.
Winchester are looking to recruit up to six young adults (aged 18-30) who are excited about the possibility of exploring their calling and vocation through a year volunteering as Leadership Assistants with a diverse group of churches in Southampton and the surrounding area.
This year will give you practical experience in parish ministry, church leadership, community engagement, pioneer mission and fresh expressions of church. This year will also offer you opportunities to learn and develop in personal discipleship and missional leadership - including one-to-one supervision, small groups, and the opportunity to receive weekly teaching in Christian theology and missional leadership through St Mellitus College.
Start your journey today:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfectRomans 12:2