Why is Two Years the Recommended Duration for an Apprenticeship?

Ministry is conducted in relationship. We could cover the content of a ministry apprenticeship in a classroom context in just a few weeks, but that is not the point. The real learning happens over time as the apprentice’s relationships develop with their trainer and with the people they are serving. It is usually in the second year that progress is identified and difficulties begin to emerge. Over the two years, apprentices see people converted, Bible study groups starting to make progress, and struggling Christians making tough decisions to follow Christ. They also see mistakes they have made, their failure to get their priorities right, etc, so they get to know themselves, their strengths and their weaknesses. In the second year, deep learning occurs. The two-year apprenticeship also gives continuity to the local ministry in terms of leadership.