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 from Sharon (Europe), Selwyn (London), Ash (Norwich) and Ash (Worcester). You can also find stories, past and present, across the Church of England's social media channels. Please follow #19MES.

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

 

Sharon (Europe diocese)
Selwyn (London diocese)
Ash (Norwich diocese)
Ash (Worcester diocese)

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. New schemes starting from September 2020 may be added up until the end of January 2020.

If you are interested in starting an MES year from this November please look at the Lincoln scheme as they are currently recruiting.

(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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"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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Calling

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

Ministry

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

Diocese

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

Vicar

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

Theology

Study exploring the meaning of God's word

Pastoral care

Supporting people in their different needs and circumstances

Vocation

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