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Training for Ministry
The Associate Scheme
Our greatest desire as a church is that God is honoured and the church of Jesus Christ is built and extended. For this to happen godly leaders are key – leaders who will serve God and His people, either full-time or in a lay capacity.
These servant-leaders will be people who have a deep, genuine relationship with God characterised by:
The purpose of the Associate Scheme is to help to develop the next generation of servant-leaders. This purpose shapes the whole of the Scheme and means that everything in the Scheme is designed to train and equip Associates in the key areas in which they need to grow if they are to be good servants of Jesus Christ. In particular, we seek to help them grow in:
The training is shaped and controlled by two firmly held convictions.
These two convictions mean that the Scheme is built round and focused on Associates working hard at understanding the Bible for themselves and teaching it to others.
Training takes place in four ways:
St Helen’s is committed to the Associate Scheme because of the huge long term benefits to the wider church of training godly servant-leaders. However, we benefit enormously from the Associates during their time with us as a result of the important contribution they make to the life and mission of the church.
The Scheme is designed for people who think they are likely to end up in full-time Bible teaching, but this may be in any one of the many areas in which there is a need for Bible teachers, eg pastoring a local church, working with students, working with youth, working with women, overseas, etc. For people going into full-time Bible teaching, we think this Scheme, or something like it, provides almost indispensable training and preparation in how to study and teach the Bible and how to do gospel ministry. However, it will also be of great value to those who are deciding if full-time Bible teaching is the best way they can serve our Lord Jesus, even if they end up serving in another capacity.
We seek to take at least 15 new Associates each year, starting at the end of August, and the vast majority of these will stay on for a second year which builds on the first. The Scheme is aimed at those who have worked since graduating as well as new graduates.
If you would like more information, beyond that provided by the links below, or would like a paper version of the brochure or application form, please contact
Roger Day at:
St Helen’s Church Office, Great St Helen’s, London EC3A 6AT
We are now taking applications for September 2010.
Associate Scheme Brochure (2010) - to download click here
We ask that applications are typed/word-processed if at all possible.