The Ministry Experience Scheme

If you are aged 18 to 30, and are looking for a year-long opportunity to explore what God is calling you to, then join The Ministry Experience Scheme (CEMES).
The Ministry Experience Scheme is supported by Allchurches Trust. Diocese of Derby

You will spend a year within a diocese exploring ministry, whilst gaining valuable life skills that will help to prepare you for your next steps. You will be given the opportunity to deepen your theological knowledge, gain practical and pastoral skills, and to reflect on your personal faith journey.

We will provide you with accommodation, basic living expenses and theological training. You will be given the opportunity to explore church life, supported by fellow participants and a mentor throughout your placement.

Allchurches Trust Ltd

The Ministry Experience Scheme is supported by Allchurches Trust.


Ministry Experience

"Ministry Experience was a good pathway to understand the traditions, theology and practicalities of ministry in the Church of England. I was able to gain an abundance of experience before deciding to attend theological College."

Augustine Ihm - Ministry Experience alumnus

How do I get involved?

If you would like further information then please complete the form below and we will be in touch with you. All enquirers are welcome, and you can apply to any diocese offering the scheme no matter where you currently live.

Ministry Experience

“Whatever you were exploring, there was an opportunity to see lots of different types of ministry at play. It’s influence on my discernment was huge”. 

Vanessa Hadley - Ministry Experience alumnus

Every experience is different

The Ministry Experience Scheme is locally led, so every diocese will have their own distinct flavour. You do not have to apply to your own diocese, so have a look at what is on offer and use the contact form above to find out more.



Challenging and rewarding. Explore a variety of ministries in some of the most deprived parishes in the country.

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Innovative and collaborative. A unique experience to work across a range of parishes and mission areas, working alongside a team of inspirational vicars, ordinands, and curates. Participants will also benefit from high quality teaching at a vibrant theological college.

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Confidence and opportunity. A chance to grow through experiencing ministry to discover who you are and how you might serve God in your life.

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Breadth and depth. An opportunity to compare and reflect upon distinctive settings, churches, and communities, through well supervised ministry experience.



Learning and serving. Nurture your vocation through ministry in inner city parishes.

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Innovation and initiative. Explore fresh expressions of church through a programme of tailored learning and work with pioneering initiatives in both traditional and non-traditional settings.

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Unique and fulfilling. Experience Anglican ministry outside its heartlands, but near enough for beneficial comparison. To live, pray, and serve in continental Europe is to be exposed to new vocational experiences of a rich and particular kind.

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Joyful and enlightening. Discover the unique challenges of rural ministry, as seen on the BBC’s A Vicar’s Life.

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Diverse and enriching. Learn how to discern when God is at work, and be equipped to join in as you are shaped by God.

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Vibrant and challenging.  Challenge your thinking on mission with this unique combination of ministerial experience in challenging settings and community projects.



Supportive and contextual. Learn alongside older participants and youth ministry apprentices across a diversity of placements, from urban to rural, representing a range of different church traditions and worship styles. Benefit from well-developed resources and high-quality support and training.

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Confidence and clarity. Understand your vocation by experiencing ministry in both urban and rural contexts. This scheme is specifically tailored to help you pray more, serve more, and grow more.

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Southwell and Nottingham

Ambitious and dynamic. Develop leadership and whole-life discipleship through an experience tailored to vocational discernment and personal growth in all vocational contexts.

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St Albans

Practical and engaging. Combine parish experience with university chaplaincy work. A unique opportunity to explore your vocation whilst living in community, serving in a multi-faith student environment, and undertaking varied parish work.

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Explore and witness. Discern your calling in an urban, inner-city setting. Take part in sharing the gospel anew in the 21st century.

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Discernment and opportunity. Find your vocation by being part of the Way2 Community. An opportunity to test the nature of ministry you feel called to.

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Mission and pioneering. A unique opportunity to explore pioneer ministry, fresh expressions of church, social enterprise, and mission on the edges. Work alongside a team of local vicars serving together to encourage mission and vocation in the city.

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Ministry Experience

"Over the year, I discovered parts of myself I knew I never had, and my faith developed in ways I never thought it would. Without this scheme I would never have discovered my call into clinical psychology"

Tom White - Ministry Experience alumnus

"The Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord."

Jeremiah 1: 7-8