Ministry Experience Scheme

Be part of a Ministry Experience Scheme and live in a small community; exploring and sharing with others in prayer, discipleship and ministry.
Intern ministry, Church of England

  • Are you aged 18-30 and passionate about your faith?
  • Do you feel called to Christian ministry, but don’t know what type or where to start?
  • Are you available from September 2019?

The Diocese of Gloucester is offering an exciting and fulfilling one year ministry experience scheme for young people (18-30) who would like to explore whether God might be calling them to Christian ministry. During the placement the scheme will provide an opportunity for participants to experience ministry in a variety of settings and will aim to equip people for a life of service to God. You will also have the opportunity to complete the foundation year with Cuddesdon: Gloucester and Hereford (or other theological training based on your previous experience), enabling you to grow in your understanding of the Bible and of your faith.


This one year residential opportunity to experience full-time Christian ministry is now open for applications for 2019-20 – see contact details below.


Further details

What is it?

Candle service

This is a scheme to enable young adults to develop practical experience in ministry, undertake theological training and live in a prayerful community based in the city of Gloucester. There will be opportunities to be deeply involved in a local church or chaplaincy, and get hands-on experience to help you explore your vocational journey with God.

The aims

  • To help you discover God’s calling on your life
  • To equip you for a life of service to God
  • To enable you to discover and use the gifts God has given you
  • To encourage deeper understanding of Christian life
  • To provide practical experience of parish and/or chaplaincy ministry
  • To gain experience of serving the poor and vulnerable
  • To help you find a personal way of life to sustain a relationship with God.


Diocese of Gloucester internship scheme

Is it for me?

Are you wondering whether ordained ministry is for you; or seeking to test a vocation; or want some practical experience before committing to long term theological training? If the answer is yes to any of these, then this scheme will give you the opportunity and resources to help you listen to God and seek direction in your life.

Why we are committed to the scheme

As part of the Diocese of Gloucester’s LIFE vision, we want to encourage diverse leadership across our worshipping communities. We want to encourage young people to explore vocation and develop leaders from across the communities we serve.

Experiences and opportunities

Central to the scheme is the opportunity to live in community for a year with a rhythm of regular prayer and reflection, an experience of ministry, study and fellowship. Put together, we believe these elements will give you the opportunity to explore what God is calling you to in your life.

Ministry in the communityMinistry will be explored in parish or other context, such as chaplaincy, under the supervision of experienced clergy. You will be involved with preaching, leading worship, leading bible study groups, sung worship and children’s and youth ministry. You will also have the opportunity to go into local schools and provide support in classes and in collective worship. You will become fully involved in the life of these places as a member of the ministry team.

Opportunities will also be provided in Gloucester city, which will include engagement with local community groups serving the poor and vulnerable. This will be through working with organisations such as the Nelson Trust, George Whitfield Centre, Gloucester City Mission and the Foodbank.

It is expected that the parish/chaplaincy placement will occupy about 75% of your working time and you will be carefully matched with the most appropriate parish/chaplaincy and clergy supervisor.

Theological reflectionTheological learning and reflection will take place within the teaching programme of Cuddesdon: Gloucester and Hereford for theological study.

Weekly personal training and reflection will be carried out with officers from the Diocese of Gloucester’s Mission and Ministry Department and you will also have regular meetings with the scheme co-ordinator to review your placement.

Termly reflections will help you apply your theological training to your practical experience.


Worship, personal developmentPersonal development will be supported throughout the year, and weekly teaching sessions will cover a variety of vocational and development activities, including working on developing a personal development plan.

The scheme Chaplain will also provide support, and ensure that you have time for regular prayer and reflection as part of the small community you will be living with. There will be a shared rhythm of prayer and worship to help underpin this.


There will also be time for you to reflect on your own self-understanding and growth in faith through the year, so whatever follows, you can go forward more confident in where God is calling you.

Your home

The accommodation is in a shared house in Gloucester city centre within the Cathedral grounds. You will live with up to three other scheme participants and share a kitchen, living area, bathroom and washing facilities. This will be a private space to relax away from parish life. The flat is provided with utilities (including WiFi) and you will be paid a weekly allowance of £80/week.

What next?

You probably have lots of questions and that’s good! To have a conversation about the scheme in more detail please contact the scheme co-ordinator, Simon Monk, at

How do I apply?

Participant application form
Please complete the form above and send it to us at Church House. We encourage residents from the Diocese of Gloucester to apply, but will also consider applications from those currently living outside the Diocese.


Supported by

Allchurches Trust
Sylvanus Lysons
Church of England


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