The aim is to provide an initial ministry role for men who have discerned a call to full time pastoral ministry in the independent church. It is anticipated that this position will be especially suitable for men who have completed a church apprenticeship/trainee scheme and/or who have been working for several years, although those with other backgrounds will be considered. Candidates will normally be expected to hold an undergraduate degree in order to meet the entry qualifications for the formal theological training provided by Union School of Theology (see below), however exceptions to this will be considered.
The position will run for a two-year period starting in September biennially.
The intention is that individuals completing the scheme will move on to ministry in other fellowships or organisations, progressing to be assistant/pastors. There is no expectation that ministry will continue at Widcombe beyond the two-year scheme.
Training and ministry opportunities will be provided in the following areas:
- Personal (discipleship and encouragement in personal spiritual development, reviewing healthy long-term patterns and practices for sustained ministry, ministry as it relates to family and other commitments)
- Preaching (once per month in year 1 and twice every 6 weeks in year 2)
- Pastoral (working alongside the pastors, pastoral workers and Pastoral Resource Group)
- Ministry (joining the leadership team of two different ministries, one per year, ministry observations – for example in wedding and funeral preparation and planning)
- Leadership (assisting the Elders/Pastors in leading the church, leading services/prayer meetings/ other church meetings, occasional attendance at Elders meetings by invitation)
In keeping with the ethos of the church, applicants are expected to be theologically reformed and committed to an expository model of preaching. They must be in agreement with the FIEC Doctrinal Basis and statements on “Gospel Unity”, “Women in Ministry” and “Same Sex Marriage” (fiec.org.uk/who-we-are/beliefs).
Although the position is a non-eldership role, applicants are expected to meet the Biblical qualifications for Eldership (1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9) and references addressing this will be required.
Individuals will be expected to show initiative appropriate to the role.Contact us