PCI Intern Scheme

Congregational life & Witness, Youth and Children

Throughout Ireland

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The PCI internal scheme is a one-year programme providing the opportunity to discover and develop your leadership potential while serving in a PCI congregation.


WHAT?

A 12-month programme that is focused on developing young leaders while placing them within a local congregational setting to contribute to the ministry there. This opportunity includes quality training for the individual through a specific ministry-related course and a monthly training day alongside other interns. Congregations are welcome to express their interest in facilitating a placement for one of the participants on the programme. There are up to six spaces available for participants and we will seek to match successful applicants with an appropriate
placement.

WHY?

We want to invest in, equip and release young leaders into our Church and culture. We are providing these opportunities first and foremost to develop fresh and future leaders within our denomination, and secondly to resource the work of congregations at a local level.

WHO?

This opportunity is for individuals who display a passion for God, a heart for the church, a willingness to learn and have gifts to contribute. Placement congregations should have a focus on developing and walking alongside a younger leader as they explore their gifting. Applicants should be committed to Christ, aim to reflect him through their life and demonstrate competency in some areas of ministry.

WHEN?

The programme runs from September 2020 to the following August 2021 on a part-time basis of up to 25 hours per week, equating to approximately eight sessions of service each week. A weekly schedule will be agreed between applicants and congregations before ministry placements commence.

HOW?

Successful applicants will be matched with a local congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. They will undertake their placement within that setting and be line-managed locally within this congregation, with some additional support offered from the Council of Congregational Life and Witness. This is an unpaid scheme, however, participants will be given access to significant training, resources and valuable experience, as well as the reimbursement of all out-of-pocket expenses related to their ministry.

View the film below for a snapshot of four people’s journeys through the PCI Intern Scheme, sharing their highlights and developments throughout the year.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

IS THIS A PAID SCHEME?

Participants in the scheme do so in an unpaid capacity. Out-of-pocket expenses including transport, food and resources will be reimbursed upon submission of receipts. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a ministry training course agreed in advance which will be covered through the scheme.

CAN I WORK ALONGSIDE THE PROGRAMME?

Participants are welcome to support themselves financially by seeking part-time work alongside the programme, provided they are still able to participate fully in agreed placement activities.

HOW MANY SPACES ARE AVAILABLE & WHO CAN APPLY?

We have up to six spaces available. Applicants must be 18+ and a member of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

IS ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE?

Accommodation is not necessarily provided, however, depending on the nature and geography of the placement in relation to the applicant’s home, suitable arrangements will be sought in conjunction with the host congregation.

HOW WILL MY TIME BE SPENT?

As well as helping with various tasks in your congregational placement, the programme includes time dedicated to personal growth, structured training, mentoring and preparation. This scheme is open to a wide variety of placements, including youth ministry, children’s ministry, pastoral care, music ministry, outreach or community work.

WHAT IS THE TIMESCALE FOR APPLICANTS?

A selection interview for potential interns will take place in May 2020, followed by a Matching Day to assign placements for all successful applicants in June 2020. The scheme will commence with a compulsory training week from 1-4 September, with interns free to commence their placements after training.


For more information please contact the Congregational Life and Witness Office on +44 (0)28 9032 2284 or email clw@presbyterianireland.org

To apply for the scheme, return a completed application form to:

PCI INTERN SCHEME
Congregational Life & Witness
Presbyterian Church in Ireland
Assembly Buildings
2-10 Fisherwick Place
Belfast, BT1 6DW

Please return by Monday 27 April 2020.

 Click here to download the Intern Application Form 2020


 Click here to download the Congregational Interest Form 2020