• 18 July 2022

Apply to our Ministry Apprenticeship Scheme

Are you ready for a new challenge? If you’re between 18 and 25 and have an active faith in Jesus, you are invited to apply to FORGE, an exciting new Ministry Apprenticeship Scheme within the Church of Ireland Diocese of Down and Dromore.

Read on or download the FORGE brochure HERE.

The aims of FORGE are that, through training and service in an apprenticeship model with church leaders and their teams in host churches, young Christians will:

  • grow in their faith,
  • understand the biblical foundations for ministry,
  • gain insight into their strengths and weaknesses,
  • acquire new interpersonal, teamworking, leadership, teaching and evangelism skills,
  • gain experience in church–based and diocese–wide ministries,
  • achieve qualifications in youth or children’s ministry,
  • develop longstanding friendships with Christian brothers and sisters,
  • have explored a call to Christian ministry.

Apprentices will be fully involved in the life and witness of their host church and participate in the ministries of the church especially children’s and youth programmes. Where available, there will also be the opportunity to gain experience in schools’, outreach and compassion ministries. They will also contribute to diocesan–wide ministry programmes such as Saturday Night Live and our Kilbroney Camp programmes

There will be a strong focus on training in–house within the churches and by the diocese.  The scheme will start with induction at the beginning of October, and include monthly training days, group visits to Christian ministries, support to work towards qualifications in either children’s ministry or youth work and an end of year celebration event.

The FORGE programme will begin on Sunday 2 October 2022 and finish on Thursday 31 August 2023.

Further details and the application form are available on the FORGE Ministry Apprenticeship page here. 

You can also download an application form from this link.   

Completed application forms should be sent by email to Keith Gardiner at kgardiner@downdromorediocese.org by 12 noon on Thursday 25 August 2022.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 30 August 2022

Down and Dromore is one of 11 dioceses within the Church of Ireland. Led by Bishop David McClay, we are actively committed to evangelism, discipleship and to raising up a new generation of leaders for God’s church. Currently we have 111 churches and 9 church plants.