The Christ Church Chester voluntary internship scheme is designed to give you experience of Christian ministry and leadership in the context of parish church life.
Our internship is designed to give the opportunity to take 10 months out, volunteering in Christ Church, exploring God’s call through leadership and ministry.
Depending on your resources, we expect the voluntary intern to work up to 3 days part-time in the local area (e.g. working in a shop or café etc.), and be part-time with us for 3 days including Sunday morning.
Typically, the time with the church is split into three parts:
- One third spent on ministry to students – where you will assist with Christ Church’s involvement in the university and contribute to our student work.
- One third spent on training – we currently offer three training options: a biblical overview and ministry course with St Mellitus College North West based in Liverpool, a day a week with the Light Project Evangelism course or, depending on previous qualifications, a module at the University of Chester. You will also attend the Willow Creek leadership conference in Stafford with our leadership team, be part of our leadership development group and be mentored by Christ Church clergy and leaders with away days at key points during the year.
- The final third is spent on a specialist area of ministry or project– this is an area of ministry you would like to develop or experience agreed with ourselves. It could include evangelism such as an Alpha course, children’s or youth ministry, worship leading, community work such as working with our drop in cafe for homeless and vulnerable people or it could be a project new to Christ Church which you feel a particularly call to.
You will be responsible for funding yourself through part time work, including the cost of accommodation, during the course of the year. The church will, however, assist by contributing £250 per month towards accommodation and meet the cost of travel and training through our training partner.
If you’re interested in applying for our internship, the application form for the coming year can be found here – Christ Church Interns Application Form 2019. The deadline for applications is the 11th March, with Interviews in the week beginning 18th March. For more information, please contact our Associate Vicar, Ralph Kemp: firstname.lastname@example.org