In keeping with our vision for more church planting workers in Europe, ECM offers an apprenticeship scheme. The purpose of this scheme is to develop people who are helping the church to mature.
The apprenticeship scheme forms a bridge between the local church or bible school and full time Christian service. The scheme provides training combined with the possibility to shadow mission workers and, under guidance, to take over some responsibilities from them.
The scheme combines practical experience with bible education for a period of two years and will be coordinated by local active mission workers from ECM. During the first semester the apprentice will attend an intense language program, to make good communication possible in the country of service as well as attending to the first stage of bible education.
The second semester relates to the second stage of bible education. The apprentice will also shadow mission workers so that step by step both experience and the capacity to work more independently are developed. The second year is to be dedicated for practical service in the churches that are being planted.
The apprentice will be asked to take on some responsibilities depending on experience and talents. There will be regular feedback conversations to get insight into their progress. It is also anticipated that research will be done into some topic mutually agreed with the mission workers mentoring the apprentice.
Because of the way the scheme works, it is possible to start at almost any time of the year. Obviously this could change depending on the numbers of apprentices wishing to enrol in the scheme.
The costs of this apprenticeship scheme depends on the location of service. At present, the countries where it is possible to attend the scheme are Ireland and Portugal. We hope that we will soon be able to offer similar schemes in Italy, Poland, Austria and Kosovo.