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We're hiring! Ministry trainees

14 Oct 2019

We're hiring! Ministry trainees

St Thomas Oakwood is looking to recruit two ministry trainees (starting September 2020) who are keen to serve God’s people, be equipped in Christian ministry, and grow in Christian maturity.

St Thomas Oakwood is a conservative evangelical church in the Diocese of London. We believe that our relationship with God is sustained by listening to him through his Word, the Bible, and by talking to him in prayer. The reading and exposition of God’s word is at the heart of all we do - whether during our Sunday services, or many midweek activities. We are a diverse congregation: a mix of many children and adults, with people from over 25 countries. The congregation on a Sunday morning is made up of around 130 adults and 50 children; our Sunday evening congregation is smaller (around 20 people). In terms of staffing, the Vicar since 2018 has been Rich Alldritt. He is assisted by a full time youth worker, music director, a part time pastoral worker, administrator, plus 1-2 ministry trainees.

The primary aim of a ministry trainee is to serve the local church. This will involve a willing flexibility in all sorts of tasks. We are looking for someone with a servant heart who is willing to commit to St Thomas, and do whatever they can to forward the work of the gospel here. The work is varied with three main components:

  • Real life ministry experience: including giving talks, leading of Sunday services, regular youth work, after schools work, 121 ministry, teaching and leading in Sunday School, as well as local outreach and evangelism. One of the advantages of being a ministry trainee in a church like St Thomas is that you can get involved in a wide range of ministries and gain experience of leading and teaching that you may not get in a larger church. In that sense, it is a great place to test and explore future ministry options in a very ‘normal’ parish setting.
  • Training: Ideally the role would be combined with attendance for a day a week at the Cornhill Training Course. The ministry trainee would also be a member of the staff team, receiving supervision on a weekly basis, and part of weekly staff meetings and training days.
  • Practical ministry: A ministry trainee would be expected to serve as a member of the staff team as may be required by the Vicar - including various practical and administration responsibilities as appropriate.

Ministry trainees are volunteers who receive no salary as such but are given a monthly allowance to cover living expenses and other costs such as Cornhill fees and travel. Appropriate accommodation is provided in a church flat with other staff members. 

For further information, please contact Rich Alldritt: