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Apprenticeship training course

Church minister (integrated degree) (level 6)

Offering leadership to local churches and supporting and supervising other practitioners in areas such as leading worship, preaching, pastoral care, facilitating faith development and community action.

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Care services
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Exercise effective collaborative leadership and management in one or more churches, including in relation to both paid staff and volunteers, deploying and refining a range of strategies as required by the situation and evaluating their results and implications.
  • Handle appropriately the power and authority resulting from their leadership position in the church.
  • Effectively participate in and/or lead meetings relating to tasks and governance in the church and, where appropriate, wider community.
  • Participate in and build teams to sustain existing activities or undertake new activities in the church or wider community.
  • Promote, enable and encourage the mission and ministry of the whole church.
  • Promote the growth of the church and its witness to the gospel.
  • Interpret complex situations within both church and wider community settings in light of their cultural, historical, economic, social, political and religious characteristics.
  • Ensure their own practice, and that of other people and activities for which they are responsible, is safe and in accordance with statutory and denominational expectations, working where necessary with other agencies and authorities to ensure issues are reported and investigated appropriately.
  • Communicate effectively using a variety of media, identifying the appropriate strategy for the intended audience.
  • Apply advanced theological and pastoral understanding to lead worship appropriately and to preach with creativity and insight at a wide range of services, responding to the needs of different congregations (for example, the size of the congregation, whether or not children are present, whether or not the congregation are regular worshippers).
  • Provide appropriate pastoral care to anyone who requests it, within or outside the church, in any circumstance.
  • Identify relevant issues and respond with empathy, integrity and insight, respecting the autonomy of the person.
  • Effectively employ varied strategies to help both individuals and groups develop their understanding and practice of spirituality and faith.
  • Assess their needs, plan and implement appropriate responses, deploying knowledge of the Christian tradition and denominational perspectives, and where necessary refining existing approaches.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of those responses.
  • Create and take up opportunities to represent their faith community in a range of public settings (such as schools, civic occasions, community groups, interfaith groups), and work for the common good.
  • Make personal use of a range of spiritual practices, evaluating their implications.
  • Engage with the Bible creatively, critically and responsibly in their own prayer and to nurture their own faith.
  • Identify their own personal and professional development needs and effective strategies to address them.
  • Apply reflective practice skills to develop their faith and ministry, drawing on their biblical and theological understanding to inform their reflection.

Full information on Church minister (integrated degree) (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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