The Ministry Experience Scheme (MES) is a unique initiative that gives young adults, from all backgrounds, the space and time to test God’s calling on their lives. If you are aged 18–30 and looking for a yearlong opportunity to explore what God is calling you to, then MES could be for you. Philip’s MES year involved working with the Intercultural Worshipping Communities section of his Diocese, running a Global Carol Service, an Easter biriyani party and starting a young adult’s group. He says “through my experiences I’ve learnt what it means to be a leader in a Christian context; I have grown spiritually and become more pastoral. I’ve become particularly passionate about evangelism and doing this in a way which meets people in whatever situation they are at. I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested in a year of Christian service to enrol onto MES. it’s an opportunity you cannot miss!”
Every person’s year looks different but is formed around practical ministry experience, such as kids and youth work; chaplaincy; community work; preaching; digital media; pastoral visiting or event organisation. The year also includes some theological study which can be tailored to you – it doesn’t matter if you have no prior experience or already have a theology degree.
For many MES has been a step towards ordination or other church ministry; others say they have a clearer sense of God’s purpose as disciples in wider society and the workplace. MES is free to do with accommodation and expenses provided. Starting in September 2023 schemes are based across the UK and Europe.
Please visit our website to find out more.