Discipleship year

Age 18-24? Want to give a year to grow as a disciple of Jesus and serve through a local church?

The Discipleship Year is about growing as disciples of Jesus, learning how to serve him and his Kingdom with the whole of your life, for the whole of your life. It will take you on a life-changing journey of discovery and adventure, where you’ll be inspired, get practical Kingdom experience, make life-long friendships, and have a lot of fun in the process!

September 2022 sees the ninth year of running the New Wine Discipleship Year program out of SMB as the regional Training Hub. It’s a program for 18-24 year olds who are keen to give time to explore more about themselves, about working in and for a church and, most importantly, about Jesus – what it means to be one of His passionate disciples and how to get more involved with the work of His Kingdom.

Whilst part-time options are possible for DY students, SMB are also running a partnership with Canterbury Diocese and the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme that enables us to offer full-time placements from September. A typical week on placement at SMB will involve joining closely with the staff team for worship, team meetings, and planning and delivering ministry. The teaching day is each Wednesday of term-time when the quality teaching stems from New Wine filmed materials, local speakers and church leadership.

As a cathedral city with two large universities Canterbury is both ancient and ever changing. SMB is a growing family with members from all ages and stages of life. The successful applicants would be working closely alongside the staff team (approx. 10 others) for the year, engaging in but not limited to, Children’s Church, Youth & Schools Work, Student Ministry, Fellowship Groups, Alpha, and supporting our Mercy Ministries (e.g. Make Lunch). Any applicants with skills in publicity & communication, worship leading, hospitality & catering are also welcomed. We’re particularly excited about launching our new Youth Café this September.

There is also the opportunity to go on a short-term mission trip towards the end of the academic year.
We are hoping to recruit some DY students here at SMB but are also offering placements at St Luke’s Maidstone, GK Church (Goudhurst & Kilndown) and St Alphege Seasalter with other churches also to be added.

How to apply

If this is of interest we’d love to hear from you! Please email Stephen or fill out an enquiry form.

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