Partners in Training
Starting in September 2012, a number of FIEC churches and individuals will be helped by the launch of Partners in Training. This scheme will provide financial help for employing and mentoring new gospel workers.
Partners in Training is a partnership between FIEC, local churches, financial supporters and individuals who are fresh out of training.
How it works
The aim of Partners in Training is to financially support FIEC churches in the creation of “pastor in training” or “assistant pastor” posts of two years duration; posts which will specifically provide a first pastoral ministry opportunity for men coming out of college or church-based training. The grants available, that the churches will be required to ‘match fund’, will be up to a maximum of £15,000 per annum. With these grants we are seeking to help churches who face some of the stiffest mission challenges or where the opportunity exists to develop exciting gospel initiatives.
Placing men into the hands of pastors and churches who have an aptitude and heart to develop the next generation of church leaders is a great investment in the future of the Fellowship and Independency. After the initial two year period, various options lay before the churches and men involved, such as joining the staff of the church, planting a new congregation, restoring a struggling church or pastoring another FIEC church.
In the future, and as the Lord provides, we want this kind of investment in ministry to become a key feature of our family of churches. The aim is not only to keep making funds available for individual men and women to be trained, but also to extend the initial focus on pastoral ministry to include the whole range of gospel ministries necessary to meet the challenge of being ‘in mission’ in twenty first century Britain. This is likely to mean church planters, evangelists, women workers, cross cultural ministries and children & youth workers.
Would you like to get involved?
If as a church leader you want to get an idea of the kind of criteria and commitment that will be required of ministers and churches benefitting from Partners in Training, then the criteria and application forms will soon be made available.
Likewise, if you are an individual who would be interested in the scheme then we will soon be releasing further information.
Though we are largely dependent on the generosity of a few key donors to provide for the Partners in Training fund, there is also the opportunity for you to give to FIEC’s work by becoming a Personal Partner.
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