What is ministry really like? CofE intern scheme triples in three years

Apr 28, 2018 by

from Christian Today:

A scheme offering young people experience of ministry in the Church of England has more than tripled in size over the past three years, according to a report published today.

The Ministry Experience Scheme (MES), which offers year-long placements in churches across the country for young adults aged between 18 and 30 years old, is on course to have attracted 150 participants this year, compared to 47 in 2015. More than two-thirds of dioceses in the Church of England are now taking part in the scheme.

Young adults taking part are encouraged to explore their vocation – not just to ordained ministry – living and working in communities in both urban and rural areas.

The placements offer theological teaching and skills training while immersing the participants within a local parish setting, sometimes involving living with others in community houses. Each scheme is unique to its community, giving the participants the opportunity to support their local communities through missional, charitable, pastoral and community-based activities. Participants can be involved in a range of work from visiting those in need and the sick at home and in hospital to work helping with baptisms, marriages and funerals.

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