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 believe that college education does not satisfy the full scope of ministry training. This belief led to the development of our Apprenticeship Program. Apprentices (prospective pastors and church leaders) are placed in a church to learn a practical set of skills in preparation for ministry while they're also taking full-time bible college courses. 

 

 

Ministry

Discipleship

Mentoring

Stewardship​

Service

Accountability

Evaluation

Loyalty

Discipline

Analytical Reflection

Maturation

Learning

PRINCIPLES OF APPRENTICESHIP

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PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does the Host Church provide?


The Host Church provides room and board including housing and meals for the apprentice. The church, reimburses a portion of tuition for every course completed. Throughout the apprenticeship experience, apprentices will be partnered with mentors and coaches who are experienced in ministry and pastoring. This mentoring will focus on personal spiritual growth, Christian development and maturity, and how these relate to spiritual/leadership formation. The mentor will be the supervising pastor. The supervisor must meet with the apprentice at least once a week, for a 45 minute session (or longer). The apprenticing church’s Lead Pastor (supervisor) must: - Be a credential-holder with the PAOC for at least four years. - Be willing to satisfy the time and effort needed to host an apprentice, which is 3 to 5 hours per week. - Have a style of ministry, workspace, and work-ethic conducive to hosting apprenticeships. - Be willing to complete all MAP requirements and expectations, especially the requirement to meet each week with the apprentice.




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. The main goal of the Ministry 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. Potential apprentices must fully complete the application process which includes an intertview with the Apprenticeship Council.




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 lead pastor and involved in a range of ministry experiences in the local church. Apprentices volunteeer 20-25 supervised hours a week. Apprentices is enrol 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). There will be two or more certified leadership assessments for each apprentice. Throughout the apprenticeship experience, apprentices will be partnered with mentors and coaches who are experienced in ministry and pastoring. This mentoring will focus on personal spiritual growth, Christian development and maturity, and how these relate to spiritual/leadership formation. Each apprentice will attend a 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. The Host Homes are a very important part of the program. They provide our 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. We want our apprentices staying in safe, caring homes so they can focus on the program and we can focus on their development. Any exceptions to the typical Host Family arrangment must be approved by the Apprenticeship Council. The term “Host Family” includes all families who open their homes to apprentices (including scenarios where an apprentice lives with their family).





Academics


Typically, apprentices complete four (4) courses per semester. Courses are delivered online by Master's College and Seminary.




Assessments


There may be two or more unique leadership assessments for each apprentice. These assessments help apprentices better understand their leadership gifts, strengths and weaknesses, and provide opportunity for them to enhance and improve their leadership ability. The assessments used are the Birkman Assessment and the LPI Assessment.




Mentoring and Coaching


Throughout the apprenticeship experience, apprentices will be 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


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




Development Events


Each apprentice attends a few 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.





 

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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