Ministry Training

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There is nothing more important in the world today than men and women hearing the good news that Jesus Christ is Lord, and coming under his forgiving rule as they trust in him. There is therefore no more pressing mission for the church than its calling to proclaim the reign of the Lord Jesus Christ, as every Christian speaks of the mighty works of God. And so there is no more pressing task than training godly men and women for a teaching ministry that will equip Christ’s church to fulfil her calling.

For this reason, St Helen’s has for many years been committed to the work of training men and women to teach the Bible. We are persuaded that the very best place to be trained for ministry is in the context of a local church, committed to proclaiming the gospel and making disciples. And we believe that the most important foundation for any teaching ministry is a rigorous understanding of the word of God. To that end, our 1-3 year voluntary Ministry Training programme comprises:

1. Bible Training
In-depth Bible training has long been a particular focus for Ministry Trainees at St Helen’s. Our Bible Training is delivered in two main ways:

a. In partnership with the Cornhill Training Course, our first year Ministry Trainees will spend about a day a week attending and preparing for Cornhill F1 (If you have already spent some time training in a regional ministry training course, there may be some room to move straight into F2). The teaching on F1 is delivered by a combination of Cornhill’s own teaching staff and experienced ministry practitioners. It’s designed to give a good, general foundation, covering Bible books, biblical theology, some doctrine, and aspects of ministry practice and Christian character. Central to F1’s curriculum are the weekly teaching groups, workshops where participants regularly deliver short talks and receive constructive feedback.

b. In addition to Cornhill, Ministry Trainees will spend another day per week attending and preparing for our own in-house training seminars. Where F1 provides a general foundation, our in-house training aims to add significant depth. This training will take place in seminar groups of up to 12 participants. The focus is on working hard on a few key Bible books, with high expectations for Trainees’ own preparation and participation in the seminars. The aim is that as Trainees prepare for, and then participate in these seminars, they will be better equipped to work at God’s word for themselves, and then to formulate and articulate their conclusions.

2. Ministry Training
We are persuaded that the Bible trains us for ministry – but it trains us for ministry as we labour at the task of proclaiming the Lord Jesus Christ. For this reason, the second main strand of ministry training at St Helen’s has always been a ministry placement in one of our teams. Ministry Trainees spend about a third of their time here, leading small group Bible studies, reading the Bible one-to-one, giving talks, praying for, and planning, the work, and developing a ministry area – all under the oversight of one of our ministry staff.

3. Practical Service
This is a vital, if not very glamorous, part of the Ministry Training programme which enables much of the gospel ministry in St Helen's to happen. On average, in their first year, Ministry Trainees will spend about 8 hours every week preparing the buildings for meetings (which involves moving furniture and cleaning), operating the AV system, etc. As well as serving, it is also a valuable opportunity to learn what's needed behind the scenes in gospel ministry.

For more information, download the brochure.
To apply, download the application form.

The application process for 2019-2020 is open and the deadline for applications is the end of February 2019. Interviews will begin in late November.


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