The Allchurches Trust Mission Apprenticeship Scheme has been created by the Diocese of Birmingham to enable local people to give back to their communities, whilst learning leadership skills on the job.
The ground-breaking scheme delivers high-quality training on how to become ambassadors of the church in an area local to the apprentices – most often in a parish with a high level of deprivation.
Falling numbers in church attendance led to the scheme’s inception in 2011. A third cohort of Mission Apprentices are now out making a big impact in their parishes and growing as individuals thanks to funding from Allchurches Trust, including Mandy Widdas, the Allchurches Trust Mission Apprentice in Amington, near Tamworth.
Participants learn key skills in relationship building, benefit from an excellent training programme and are paid a wage to support them during their study and parish mission.
Ricky Sandiford is taking part in the current scheme. He said: “Words cannot describe how excited I am to be involved in the Mission Apprentice scheme. This is an amazing opportunity for new church leaders to dip their toe into the calling of ministry, which I personally thought was beyond me.”
The Scheme aims to raise up a new generation of leaders who will grow local churches and expand missional outreach in the community. An emphasis of the scheme is to identify and encourage home-grown talent – people from the parishes in which they will serve.