Raising Gospel Workers for Gospel Work

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:38

St Andrew’s Ministry Apprenticeship Pathway (MAP) is an opportunity for ministry-skilled and ministry-minded young adults to “seek first God’s Kingdom” (Mt 6:33) in a large church with a range of established and engaging ministries, where they will lay enduring foundations for gospel ministry. Through training, mentorship, and ministry experience, this twelve-month program helps emerging leaders grow in spiritual zeal, expositional preaching, virtuous character, and the life of the mind. A program of intensive investment, the MAP admits only four candidates per year. The program runs July 1–June 30. Applications each year open December 1.

Overview

St Andrew’s Ministry Apprenticeship Pathway is an initiative, launching in July 2024, that roots aspiring gospel workers in a church where they can grow in character, wisdom, and practical skill.

Seminaries furnish critical tools of pastoral craft: biblical studies, church history, theology. But like any craft, pastoral ministry requires skill, and skill is learned in the workshop — where, alongside spiritual fathers and elder brothers, emerging Christian leaders

  • live the gospel as partners in a ministry team;
  • bear one another’s burdens;
  • inspire others to imitate a leaderly life;
  • combine gravitas of a compelling leader with the humble humor of a maturing disciple;
  • acquire the work ethic essential to credible pastoral leadership;
  • attune themselves to the needs and cries of the sheep;
  • delight in the hidden, discouraging, and victorious daily ministries of the saints.

The MAP prepares emerging pastors for formal theological education by providing the context, support, and resources necessary to grind a vocational lens on gospel ministry.

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Vision

The Ministry Apprenticeship Pathway draws inspiration from a long evangelical tradition of ministry apprenticeship. The MAP’s distinctiveness lies in four elements.

1. Evangelical Essentials

The religious marketplace deeply affects how American Christians conceive of our identity in Christ. Among Anglicans, this is seen in the elevation of denominational distinctives over gospel essentials. The MAP majors on these gospel essentials:

  • that God speaks by Scripture alone (sola Scriptura);
  • that the content of the gospel revealed in Scripture is that God has reconciled the world to himself by Christ alone (solus Christus);
  • that Christ’s death and resurrection, which becomes the daily reality of our lives through his indwelling Spirit, shows that human beings must be saved by grace alone (sola gratia);
  • that this gift or grace is appropriated through faith alone (sola fide);
  • that in gratitude, redeemed sinners now live to the glory of God alone (soli Deo gloria).

2. Gospel Heritage

In today’s spiritually confused world, too many ministries appear to be losing confidence in the biblical gospel, turning to spiritual techniques or cultural issues to appear relevant. Gospel ministers need confidence in the gospel! The MAP inducts Apprentices into the evangelicalism of Luther, Cranmer, Perkins, Sibbes, Simeon, Bickersteth, Moule, Ryle, Lewis, and Stott.

3. Character Formation

Apprentices enter a course of virtue formation vivified by the Spirit, sharing a common life patterned on Scripture, guided by the Prayer Book, and informed by research on virtue formation from the Oxford Character Project and Templeton Developing Character Project.

4. Institutional Vision

It has never been easier for an aspiring pastor to fall for the lure of becoming an “influencer.” Producing a podcast, garnering an online following, earning a doctorate: each, while potentially useful, promises influence without responsibility, and thus is likelier to inflame vanity and multiply confusion than to equip saints to devote themselves to good works (Ephesians 4:11–12; Titus 3:8, 14). What Christ wants is not more thought leaders, but more gospel workers.

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Structure

The MAP is a twelve-month program running July 1 – June 30. After the MAP, apprentices may continue locally alongside a widening team of gospel-workers, as they pursue formal full-time theological education locally. Monthly, weekly, and daily rhythms shape our common life. In term-time (Sept–Dec., Jan–May), apprentices join in a twice-weekly Training Day.

A normal week during term-time might look like this:

  • Monday
    • Morning: Prayer; Staff + team meetings
    • Afternoon: Youth Contact
    • Evening: Alpha
  • Tuesday
    • All-Day: Chapel + Training Day
    • Evening: Ridley Lay Course
  • Wednesday
    • Morning: Prayer; Senior Chapel
    • Afternoon: Hospital Visitations
    • Evening: Small Group Training Course
  • Thursday
    • Morning: Chapel + Workshop
    • Afternoon: Job shadow a parishioner
  • Friday
    • Morning: Prayer; Newcomer Follow-Up
  • Saturday
    • Day Off
  • Sunday
    • Morning: Morning services
    • Evening Youth (or Evening Service)

Training Days

Twice weekly in term-time, Apprentices will join in Training Day. An ordinary week might look like this:

  • Tuesday
    • 9–9:30 Prayer
    • 9:30–10.30 Biblical Interpretation / Calling + Doctrine
    • 10:30–10:50 Break
    • 10:50–11:50 Spiritual Formation
    • 12:00–1:00 Bible Overview OT/NT / Evangelism
    • 1:00–1:45 Lunch
    • 1:45–4:00 General Ministry Session
  • Thursday
    • 9–9:30 Prayer
    • 9:30–11:15 Bible Workshop (with break)

Along with events outside of term-time, Training Days may, on completion of the MAP, satisfy certain M.Div degree requirements. For questions about this, contact the Apprenticeship Director.

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What Can I Expect?

 

Growth in Character

  • Prayerfulness
  • Personal holiness
  • Love of God and God’s church
  • Humility
  • Perseverance

Growth in Wisdom

  • Sound principles of biblical interpretation
  • Basic Biblical theology
  • Grounding in core doctrine
  • Practice in the application of theology to issues in ministry
  • A thorough understanding of gospel ministry and its priorities

Growth in Skill

  • Leading services / preaching
  • Leading outside one’s peer group and comfort zone
  • Recruiting, training, and releasing volunteers
  • Making contributive hospital/home visits
  • Managing projects

A Front Row Seat to Institutional Leadership

  • Leading people of varied needs and personalities
  • Bringing good out of ministry conflict
  • Casting/stewarding vision and ministry strategy
  • Effective administration and team leadership
  • Pastoral integrity

A One-to-One Ministry Coach

You can expect to be paired with a ministry trainer, who will work with you regularly, in tandem with GMT (General Ministry Training), in areas including:

  • Bible-handling (teaching, preaching, Bible study, one-to-one, evangelistic, counseling)
  • An understanding of church planting and the spiritual needs around us
  • Reaching different kinds of communities in Charleston
  • Wider awareness of debates and the church scene in the US and internationally
  • A grasp of the importance of world mission, and reaching the nations

Personal Development

  • Time management
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Physical self-care
  • Marriage and ministry
  • Psychological resilience

Accompaniment into Seminary and Ordination

Apprentices immerse themselves relationally in the Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas and occasionally, with relevant initiatives, like the Kardia Church Planting Initiative.

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Cost and Financial Assistance

The MAP is offered free of charge.

  • Apprentices raise their own living expenses. Every dollar raised, to $11,250, will be matched.
  • Apprentices will receive help in developing a Partnership Team from a non-profit fundraising coach.
  • A $2,500 health stipend will be provided, independent of the match.

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Leadership Team

  • The Rt Rev’d Stephen D. Wood. Bishop, Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas; Rector, St. Andrew’s Church, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
  • The Rev’d Dr. Sam Fornecker. Associate Rector. St Andrew’s; Ministry Apprenticeship Pathways Director.
  • The Rev’d Randy Forrester. Associate Rector, St Andrew’s; MAP Chaplain.
  • Dr. Scott Hafemann. Honorary Reader in New Testament, University of St Andrew’s, Scotland.
  • The Rev’d Dr. Rollin Grams. Dean, Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life.
  • Dr. Andrew Alwine. Department Chair of Classics, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • The Rev’d Dr Amanda Hackney. Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, Pendleton, South Carolina.

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