More and more churches are now offering apprenticeships specifically for church planters rather than for preaching/pastoral ministry per se. I think that this can only be a good thing. At Niddrie we are starting off with our first planting trainee as of September and we are hoping to encourage more and more trainees over the years as we seek to address the need for more gospel centred churches in our many needy housing schemes. Very few churches in the UK are geared up to train young church planters and therefore it is imperative that this is something that gets rolled out across the UK and Europe in the next 5 years.
Acts 29WE have grasped the importance of this and are currently offering church planting internships for Western Europe. Please click on the link here for further information on this. Here is some of their spiel:
We are looking for men and women to work hard in small churches in difficult situations. There will be small reward, constant confusion and frustration. You will be misunderstood, misrepresented and maligned.
You will receive training and mentoring in an Acts 29 Western Europe church plant. This will equip you for a life of unknown, unsung, heart-wrenching and often unfruitful ministry. And an undying joy and wonder in the presence of Jesus Christ.
You will be a nobody who has nothing to offer. But you will follow Jesus, and you will know you need nothing else.
We are not yet involved directly with Acts 29WE but I hope to be and in the future Niddrie could possibly be a placement church for them as well. Regardless, it is well worth checking out if you are interested in planting in any capacity.
Enjoy the following video from Dustin Neeley, extolling the benefits of engaging with a church planting apprenticeship residency.