It is hard to imagine a church with a wider range of opportunities for ministry than Kensington! We are a fairly large, independent evangelical church committed to the centrality of God’s Word. Our building (where you would be based) is located in Easton in inner city Bristol. Here we are surrounded by people from a multitude of cultures and backgrounds, including some where the gospel has never penetrated. Our passion is to set that right! And we have a vision for the wider world, supporting workers in four continents.
On Sunday mornings we meet in three congregations in quite different locations – in Easton, in Emersons Green (Village Church) and in the City Centre (BC3). Each of these has its own distinctive character. Then we meet back together on Sunday nights.
We have a full range of children’s and youth ministries at weekends and during the week our building never seems to be quiet! As part of the church, a Persian fellowship meets here once a month. Add in evangelistic courses, Homegroups, a puppet team, a parent and toddler group, ministry to the elderly, student work, opportunities to help the homeless, not to mention Sunday ministries – there is immense scope for service and developing your gifts.
You would be part of a small team with your time split between three areas – training and study, ministry and practical service. You can expect a fairly well-structured and busy week.
Training would involve attendance at the South-West Gospel Partnership’s ministry training course in nearby Bath once a week on a Thursday, as well as individual mentoring and guided study. The goal is to encourage all-round spiritual formation. There may also be the opportunity to attend conferences.
The range of ministries is exciting (see above!) and we would provide opportunities to specialise as the year progresses. If you felt called or gifted in a particular direction, we would explore that with you. And we would also be exploring what the Lord’s further plans may be – this scheme is just one step, after all.
Practical service involves helping to facilitate the church’s many ministries throughout the week. It would include some setting up for activities, cleaning and office work, as well as welcoming visitors to our building.
Ministry apprenticeship is an opportunity to devote a year or two of your life to training and service in the life of a local church. The scheme is for young men or women who are open to the Lord’s leading and want to gain ministry experience.
Applications can only be considered from those who are UK citizens or who otherwise have a right to work in the UK.
You will need to be able to declare wholehearted acceptance of the FIEC doctrinal basis and agreement with the FIEC ethos statements.
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