The Ministry Experience Scheme (for 18s-30s)

A Christian gap year for you to discover your calling and gifts

The Ministry Experience Scheme (MES) is a unique initiative that gives young adults, from all backgrounds, the space and time away from the pressures of modern life to test God’s calling on their lives. It offers the chance to experience practical ministry, enrich theological understanding and further personal development, all with ongoing support from peers and supervisors.

If you are aged 18 to 30 and are looking for a year-long opportunity to explore what God is calling you to, then the Ministry Experience Scheme could be for you. You will be placed in a church context where you can experience practical ministry, such as kids and youth work; chaplaincy; community work; preaching; pastoral visiting or event organisation. The year will also include some theological study which can be tailored to you – it doesn’t matter if you have no prior experience of theology or already have a degree in it.

For some MES helps them discern a path to an ordained calling or step into another type of church ministry; others say they have a clearer sense of God’s purpose as disciples in wider society and the workplace.

Placements usually start in September and we are currently recruiting for 2020. In 2019/20 there are over 100 participants based in 25 different local schemes around the UK and even in Europe.

Visit our website to read stories from past participants and find out more. You can also make an enquiry about any of the local available schemes that interest you.

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