MARITIME

APPRENTICESHIP

PROGRAM

ABOUT APPRENTICESHIP 

Jesus’ method of training leaders was to take someone on an experience and educate them along the way. It was not the education that brought the experience, but the experience that brought the education.

 

We developed the Maritime Apprenticeship program because we believe a college education doesn't satisfy the full scope of ministry training. Apprentices (prospective pastors and church leaders) are placed in churches to learn skills in preparation for ministry. Apprenticeships are available to new and current students as well as recent Bible College graduates.

 

 

PRINCIPLES OF APPRENTICESHIP

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Ministry

Discipleship

Mentoring

Stewardship​

Service

Accountability

Evaluation

Loyalty

Discipline

Analytical Reflection

Maturation

Learning

 

PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Academics


Apprentices who have not yet completed their diploma or degree, are enrolled as full-time students at Master's College and Seminary via distance learning (online courses). Apprentices typically complete four courses per semester.




Assessments


There are two or more unique leadership assessments for each apprentice. Assessments help leaders understand their gifts, strengths and weaknesses, and give them opportunities to improve their leadership ability. We use the Birkman Assessment and the LPI Assessment.




Mentoring and Coaching


Throughout apprenticeship, you're partnered with mentors and coaches who are experienced in ministry and pastoring. Mentoring focuses on personal spiritual growth, ministry skills development, Christian development and maturity, and how these relate to spiritual/leadership formation.




Ministry Tasks


Apprentices gain an understanding of the variety of church ministries and discover more about their own ministry strengths and areas of interest through a range of local ministry experiences,




Development Events


Apprentices attend conferences, retreats, seminars, and clinics in order to assist in developing him or her into better spiritual leaders. Apprentices are also involved in regular evaluation, coaching and mentoring with experienced and passionate leaders and pastors.





What does the Host Church provide?


The Host Church provides room and board (housing and meals) for apprentices. That could mean staying with a family from the church, or receiving a financial subsidy. Each church and apprentice is unique and we work with everyone to find the solution that works for them. The Host Church also covers expenses incurred for any events the church requires. If an apprentice uses their personal vehicle for ministry, the church will pay a reasonable allowance or reimbursement. The tuition reimbursement is also paid directly to the student from the Host Church at the end of each semester once final course grads have been received and verified by the Academic Director.




Who can be an apprentice?


An apprentice is someone who senses a call to ministry. Anyone who enters apprenticeship must meet the requirements laid out in 1 Timothy 3 for a pastor/elder. A person is eligible to participate in an apprenticeship after high school graduation or up to two years after graduating receiving a diploma (three year program) or degree (four year program) from one of the PAOC's recognized Bible Colleges. The main goal of the Maritime Apprenticeship Program is to produce individuals who are fully qualified to be credentialed pastors within the PAOC.




What's required to be an apprentice?


Apprentices must have completed high school, have a valid driver's licence, and be accepted as a full-time student at Master's College and Seminary. Bible college graduates who have completed a 3-year diploma or 4-year degree (including the BRE from Master's College and Seminary) within the past two years are also eligible for apprenticeship. Potential apprentices must fully complete the application process which includes an interview with the Apprenticeship Council. An apprenticeship fee is due before apprenticeship begins, and is paid directly to Maritime PAOC. Message us to receive the in-depth MAP Policy Manual.




When does apprenticeship start and end?


Apprenticeship begins in the first week of September and finishes in April.




What's included in apprenticeship?


An apprentice will be supervised by a lead pastor and involved in a range of ministry experiences in the local church. Apprentices volunteeer 20-25 supervised hours a week. Apprentices are enrolled in four Bible College courses each semester. Up to 100% of the tuition paid can be reimbursed by the church (the reimbursement is determined by the final grade received in the course). If you're a recent Bible College grad, contact us for information regarding the financial benefits you'd be eligible to receive. There will be two or more certified leadership assessments for each apprentice. Throughout the apprenticeship experience, apprentices are partnered with mentors and coaches who are experienced in ministry and pastoring. This mentoring focuses on personal spiritual growth, Christian development and maturity, and how these relate to spiritual/leadership formation. Each apprentice attends conferences, retreats, seminars, and clinics in order to assist in developing him or her into better spiritual leaders.




Where do apprentices live?


Typically, apprentices stay with a Host Family who provide apprentices with a ‘home away from home’ during a very exciting and purposeful season of their lives. Host Families play an integral role in apprenticeship. Any exceptions to this typical Host Family arrangment must be approved by the Apprenticeship Council.




I've already graduated from Bible College, can I be an Apprentice?


As of 2021, MAP is open to Bible College graduates who have completed a 3-year diploma or 4-year degree within the past two years. (This also includes the BRE program from Master's College and Seminary. Rather than receive tuition reimbursement, post-grad apprentices receive a montly allowance from the host church. They are also able to work a part-time job, outside of their apprenticeship. There are other pre-requisites for post-grad apprenticeships. Contact us for more information.





 

CONTACT US

902-893-9653  |  map@maritimepaoc.org

72 Golf St., Truro, NS, B2N 5H1

Tel: 902.893-9653     Email: map@maritimepaoc.org

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