Associate scheme

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. The pressing mission of the church is to proclaim the reign of the Lord Jesus Christ, as every Christian speaks of the mighty works of God. Our associate scheme is designed to help equip godly men and women for faithful teaching ministry that will enable Christ's church to fulfil this calling. It is undertaken on a voluntary basis and is church-based.

St Helen's Church is registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKPRN 10061154).

Three great reasons to join us

Bible training

You will have access to two excellent training resources:
1. The PT Cornhill training course: gives a good general foundation, covering Bible books, biblical theology, some doctrine, and aspects of ministry practice and Christian character. There are weekly teaching practice groups with constructive feedback.
2. St Helen’s in-house training: provides stretching seminar style discussion, adding significant depth to study on a few key Bible books. Serious preparation and willing engagement are required—we aim for trainees to be better and more confident Bible handlers, able to train themselves and others.

Ministry training

A chance to learn ministry in practice by being placed in one of our ministry teams. Placements include teaching the Bible in small group studies and one-to-one, giving talks, praying for and planning the work, and developing a ministry area—all overseen by one of our experienced ministry staff.

Practical service

A vital if unglamorous part of ministry training, enabling ministry at St Helen's to happen and giving an opportunity to learn what is needed behind any gospel ministry, in running a church. It is good team bonding time for about eight hours a week, helping to move furniture, clean, operate the AV system and perform other duties.

2020/21 applications

The application process for 2020/21 will open in late autumn 2019. If you have further questions in the meantime please email the training team.

2020/21 applications - Email training team