The Ministry Experience Scheme


Main administrative and pastoral area in the Church of England – often roughly coincides with local county boundaries. There are 42 dioceses.


A clergy person responsible for a parish and the cure of souls there.


A general term for the work of the church in worship, mission and pastoral care.


Study exploring the meaning of God's word

Pastoral care

Supporting people in their different needs and circumstances


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


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

If you are aged 18 to 30, and are looking for a year-long opportunity to explore what God is calling you to, then join The Ministry Experience Scheme.
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You will spend a year within a diocese exploring ministry, whilst gaining valuable life skills that will help to prepare you for your next steps. You will be given the opportunity to deepen your theological knowledge, gain practical and pastoral skills, and to reflect on your personal faith journey.

We will provide you with accommodation, basic living expenses and theological training. You will be given the opportunity to explore church life, supported by fellow participants and a mentor throughout your placement.

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


Jo: Finding my worth, dreams, love, and passion in God first
Kristian: “Being” in ministry
Lizzie: God's timing is perfect

How do I get involved?

The Ministry Experience Scheme is locally led and every diocese will have their own distinct flavour, you do not have to apply to your own diocese. Using the form below please explore what is on offer and enquire about any scheme that interests you. All enquiries are welcome.

(Your data will be sent directly to any diocese you select, and to Archbishops' Council, data may be shared between the two organisations. Data will not be shared with third parties.)

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The Ministry Experience Scheme is a good pathway to understand the traditions, theology and practicalities of ministry. I was able to gain an abundance of experience which helped with the next steps to becoming a priest.


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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

The Ministry Experience Scheme is supported by Allchurches Trust.

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