Church Placement

We believe that theological thinking is best done in the thick of the Church’s life and mission.  Thinking it through and living it out belong together.  Therefore, the academic dimension of the training we provide is always closely integrated with experience gained on placement.

We will of course do all we can to take into account your own particular circumstances but our priority must be to find the type of placement(s) that will best help you to develop as an effective minister of the gospel.

Placements For Those In Full-Time Training (up to four years)

In many cases this pattern of training provides you with a source of income throughout your training.  You will combine your placement work with study in Manchester (20 weeks per year).  The placement will include a significant element of community-based experience alongside church-based experience.

1.      Sole pastoral charge in a new church setting, with a part-stipend paid by the church.  You will normally stay with the same church throughout your training, though it may also be necessary for you to gain experience in a different context.

2.      Sole pastoral charge in the commending church, with a part-stipend paid by the church.  You will normally stay with your church for the majority of your training.  However, it is essential that you have a broad experience of ministry and so it is highly likely that you will also be expected to have a substantial placement in a different context.

3.      Part of a ministerial team in a new church setting, with a part-stipend paid by the church. This can either be as part of the ministerial team of a single church or as part of a team working with a group of churches.  It will always involve significant  responsibility and a broad range of experience.  You will normally stay with the church throughout your training, though it may also be necessary for you to gain experience in a different context.

4.      Part of a ministerial team in the commending church, with a part-stipend paid by the church. This can either be as part of the ministerial team of a single church or as part of a team working with a group of churches.  It will always involve significant  responsibility and a broad range of experience. You will normally stay with your church for the majority of your training. However, it is essential that you have a broad experience of ministry and so it is highly likely that you will also be expected to have a substantial placement in a different context.

5.      A varied portfolio of placements, not including long term pastoral responsibility for any one particular church.  This is the equivalent of the old, college-based pattern of training.  It would mean doing the full, mid-week, academic programme at Luther King House whilst living in Manchester or some other place that would make it possible to have a succession of substantial but shorter term church and community placements. Such a pattern of training, which may well be particularly suited to younger people, is unlikely to provide you with any significant income.

6.      Continuing in employment. In theory, given the right circumstances, any of the five models described above could be modified to allow for a component of the placement experience to come from your current employment.  However, this would very much depend upon your own personal circumstances and also upon the type of employment, which would have to be a suitable context for ministerial training.

Placements For Those in Part-Time Training (up to six years)

Normally, on this pattern, the placement does not provide any income.  Typically someone training part-time will remain in employment and/or continue as a parent/carer.  You will combine your placement work with study in Manchester (6 weekends per year).  We must emphasise though, that this is part-time and not spare-time training. It would be asking a very great deal indeed to follow this pattern of training whilst in full-time employment.

On the part-time pattern of training you will normally have a series of different placements to provide the necessary range of experience.  This will include a combination of the following:

  • Significant responsibility and ongoing involvement in various aspects of the life of your own church, such as preaching and leading worship, evangelism and pastoral visiting.
  • Work alongside a minister from a nearby church, such as helping to establish a new church plant, running a youth fellowship or taking charge of the church’s discipleship programme.
  • Community placements either in church-based, local authority or charitable sector projects, such as schools ministry, prison visiting, outreach work with the homeless.
  • Experience gained in your own employment, as long as this is a suitable context for ministerial training.
  • Intensive short-term placement experience such as a chaplaincy course or involvement in a major mission project.
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