Envision Apprenticeships give young adults an opportunity to try ministry at the sharp end and to test their calling in a cross-cultural context. Our aim is to encourage able young adults into mission long-term by giving them a demanding experience of mission for a fixed term in a cross-cultural situation.
What will an Envision Apprentice do?
They will work alongside a missionary supported through GBM or with a church with whom we have an established relationship. They will serve for one to two years. Word ministry must be the main priority, through evangelism and discipleship. Each apprentice will have a job description drawn up in agreement with the missionary with whom they work. They will give some of their time to a training course appropriate to the situation in which they serve.
Who should apply?
You must be at least 21 years of age, and show evidence of spiritual gifting and Christian character suited to the work you would be doing. All apprentices will be required to be in full agreement with the doctrinal basis, and would normally need to come from a GBM member church.
How will you be supported and supervised?
Each apprentice will be mentored by the missionary or pastor with whom they work, with a weekly meeting to review work and discuss progress. You would also keep in regular contact with GBM staff and your sending church, writing a monthly report on your work. A training course would be built into your schedule.
Ideas for Envision Apprenticeships include:
- In Latvia, Malcolm and Ruth Firth are planting a church in Riga. They are looking for someone able to teach English as a second language, and to use this as the basis for outreach to young adults and refugees.
- In France, James Hammond needs more workers to join him in student ministry in Bordeaux, reaching 80,000 students in a strongly secular environment. This apprenticeship requires fluency in French.
- In Poland, Andrzej and Monika Kempczyński are planting a church in Legionowo, north of Warsaw. There is an opportunity for a Polish speaker to serve alongside them as an evangelist in an area of Poland with no other evangelical witness.
- In the UK, Hope Chapel Gravesend are involved in the Gateway Project, a church-planting project aiming to develop a network of home-based groups.
“It is a privilege to be here, and to have the opportunity to meet so many of God’s people, to see Him working through the ministry here, and to be able to work for Christ here in the Philippines.”
How can I find out more?
If you would like to talk to us about the possibilities for an Envision Apprenticeship then please get in touch via the Mission Centre.