Ministry Trainee Scheme

As a church, right from day one training has been at the heart of what we’re about and our Ministry Training Scheme is a central part of this.

At Church by the Bay, Ministry Trainees receive theological and practical training in handling and teaching God's word; hands-on experience and training in pastoral ministry; mentoring by older Christians and full-time exposure to the inner workings of church life. Our Trainees are also taught formally at the North West Partnership training course.

Here’s what two of our former trainees have to say…


As a Ministry Trainee, I received an excellent experience of what it's like to be a full-time church worker. At Church by the Bay you are alongside the pastor and his family "in the trenches" of gospel work. This is what makes Church by the Bay such a great place for this training - you get an up close and personal view of pastoral ministry in action: the relationships, the joys and the struggles. This is a church family with a culture of healthy feedback, always training and sharpening one another so that our service becomes more biblical, more relational, and more effective. There is a high level of personal challenge, matched by a high level of support. I also got to learn solid doctrine and Bible handling skills on the North West Partnership Ministry Training Course, I then got to put them into practice in all sorts of ways, including pioneering new initiatives.

It's a full-on, out-of-your-comfort-zone year doing the most valuable work imaginable: growing Jesus' kingdom!

Kerry recently married Gregg and is now serving with him at Carlisle Baptist Church. She helps with Music and admin, and teaches children, young people and women. She is continuing her studies with a two year course in Biblical Counselling.


My year as a Ministry Trainee was incredibly fun, challenging and encouraging.  It was great to work so closely with the pastor and get a real insight into what full time ministry is. I benefited a lot from reviewing things together and receiving frank and helpful feedback. The year was a great opportunity to explore what the Bible says about big topics both at the weekly training course at the North West Partnership and the informal theological conversations in staff meetings.

My time as a Trainee really helped me to understand what church is, and how being a church member is for so much more than a Sunday morning; I have been challenged to be a more effective church member for the rest of my life!

Bethany is a member of Church by the Bay with her husband Andrew. She teaches Sunday School, co-leads Real Food and is our Christians Against Poverty co-ordinator.

If you’d like more details of our Ministry Training Scheme, do get in touch.