Ministry Experience Scheme

The Bath & Wells Ministry Experience Scheme is a year long training and experience programme which aims to provide young people between the ages of 18-30 with the opportunity to:

  • Gain ministry experience
  • Exercise specific gifts in a ministry context
  • Explore calling alongside the Vocations Team
  • Study and have time to reflect
  • Develop a rhythm of personal devotion and prayer

The scheme is open to any young person, from whatever background or location, who wishes to explore God’s calling on their life.

What does the scheme look like?

The scheme consists of two parts – the training course and the placement.

The training course

The training course for the Ministry Experience Scheme has been developed by St Paul’s Weston-Super-Mare over the last eight years especially for participants taking part in the scheme. Teaching primarily takes place on Tuesday’s at St Paul’s with teaching days beginning at 9am and ending at 4pm.  There are also a number of residentials throughout the year including a retreat weekend, attendance at the HTB leadership conference, and the opportunity to go on a mission trip. Participants will be able to claim travel expenses for all their travel in relation to the training course.

The placement

All participants will have the opportunity to gain hands on ministry experience within a church placement. This placement may be their home church, at St Paul’s in Weston Super Mare or a different church within the diocese.

The opportunities provided within the placement will be focused on the participant’s formation and development and will be overseen by a local supervisor who will support the participant throughout their time on the scheme. The relationship between the participant and the supervisor is key and is founded upon supervision meetings that should take place at least monthly.


There are two ways of participants taking part in the scheme – fully funded by the diocese or self-funding.

Who to contact

Sue Rose, Vocations Team Leader