MTS provides different apprentice training Pathways to support the diversity of people seeking to train for Gospel ministry.
Team Leader Apprenticeship
A two year full time hands-on apprenticeship for persons considered likely to lead a Ministry Team in the future. The Team Leader apprenticeship provides practical experience in a range of ministries, and apprentices are trained in accordance with the MTS Training Curriculum.
The Team Leader apprenticeship is designed for those who expect to follow up their apprenticeship with theology study at degree level or higher. Consequently, the Team Leader apprenticeship is designed to maximise the apprentice’s opportunity to gain practical ministry experience and skills, since they anticipate gaining deep theological training during their degree level theological studies which will follow their apprenticeship.
A Team Leader apprenticeship may be undertaken on a Scholarship (funded by tax deductible donations), or Curriculum (ie paid employee of a church or ministry) basis.
MTS currently offers the following Team Leader apprenticeship pathways:
- Team Leader Scholarship pathway
- Cornhill MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship pathway
- Youthworks MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship pathway
- Team Leader Curriculum pathway
- Team Leader FWA pathway (ie apprentice is paid the Fair Work Australia minimum wage)
Visit the resources page for more information.
Cornhill MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship
The Cornhill MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship is a two year program combining theological study and practical gospel ministry experience all under the care and guidance of an MTS trainer. Apprentices undertake the Cornhill Sydney course as well as four subjects of the ‘Academic Studies in Theology Certificate’ (ASTC) at Cornhill Sydney (rather than on-line).
The Cornhill MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship provides an excellent opportunity to develop your preaching skills, as part of your ministry training.
Cornhill Sydney fees are paid by the MTS Scholarship fund (and donations to that fund are tax-deductible for supporters). This provides a tax-effective way to fund your theological studies and your MTS Apprenticeship.
Additionally you may be eligible for Austudy or Youth Allowance support (up to $5,900, in 2021) while undertaking a Cornhill MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship.
A financial summary of the Cornhill MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship pathway is provided in the MTS Pathways – How the numbers work – Cornhill MTS spreadsheet.
Team Member Apprenticeships
A two year full time hands-on apprenticeship for persons seeking to be a valuable Ministry Team Member in the future. The Team Member traineeship provides practical experience in a range of ministries.
The Team Member apprenticeship is designed for those who wish to undertake quality theological study and also gain practical ministry experience and skills. Consequently, the Team Member apprenticeship allocates sufficient time for the trainee to complete a Diploma of Theology (2yrs) or Advanced Diploma (3yrs) during their apprenticeship. At the completion of their 2 or 3 year apprenticeship, the apprentice is ready for full-time ministry as a valuable team member.
A number of theological training colleges provide quality diploma courses in theology and/or ministry. It is worth noting that the Youthworks College Online (https://www.youthworkscollege.edu.au/) specialises in distance education making it especially attractive for apprentices not located in a capital city.
A Team Member apprenticeship may be undertaken on a Scholarship (funded by tax deductible donations), or Curriculum (ie paid employee of a church or ministry) basis.
MTS currently offers the following Team Member apprenticeship pathways:
- Team Member Scholarship Apprenticeship
- Youthworks MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship
- MTW MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship
- Wycliffe MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship
- Generate MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship
- Team Member Curriculum Apprenticeship
Visit the resources page for more information.
Youthworks MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship
The Youthworks MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship combines theological education with training for effective children’s and youth ministry. Over 2 years apprentices spend 2 days per week (Mon-Tuesday) in face-to-face study at the College campus in Newtown, and up to 3 days per week in their local ministry placement. Ministry placements may be in a local church or school context, and can take a range of formats to suit both the student and the ministry context.
The course of theological study is Advanced Diploma level (AQF level 5 & 6) and is accredited through the Australian College of Theology (ACT)
The Youthworks MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship puts trainees in the unique position of doing further theological education with credit into any of the other 16 ACT colleges in Australia, or advanced credit into 2nd year at Moore College, Sydney.
MTW MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship
MTW (Ministry Training for Women) is designed to prepare women for all types of ministry. With teaching and mentoring components, and the chance to discuss topics with other women, MTW is a tailored course that equips women to serve Christ in every sphere of life.
An MTW MTS Apprenticeship involves undertaking a two year program combining theological study with the opportunity to gain Gospel ministry experience through active participation in evangelism and Bible teaching, all under the care and guidance of a trainer. Apprentices will complete an Academic Studies in Theology Certificate (ASTC) through the Timothy Partnership and Christ College’s Ministry Training for Women (MTW).
As women lead busy lives, juggling multiple roles and responsibilities, the MTW MTS Apprentice has been designed to fit into the time-window of 9.30am to 2.30pm, 3 days per week, during school term time, plus church-based ministry on Sundays.
Wycliffe MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship
The Wycliffe MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship combines theological study with cross-cultural training. Apprentices will spend approximately 350 hours per year, on average, on cross-cultural ministry training (eg. language and cultural training course, and an annual mission awareness tour) – this component will occur under the supervision of a Wycliffe Mentor.
An Wycliffe MTS Scholarship Apprenticeship involves undertaking a two year program combining theological study (Academic Studies in Theology Certificate [ASTC] through the Timothy Partnership) with the opportunity to gain Gospel ministry experience through active participation in evangelism and Bible teaching, all under the care and guidance of a trainer.