As Christians we are called to grow up and mature, as God grows us by his Holy Spirit. We want to be a people who are always growing in our knowledge and love of the Lord Jesus, who contend for the faith of the gospel every day and who will be useful servants now in the church, in the workplace and public sphere, and in the wider world if we ever leave the City!
We hope that many will be trained at St Nick’s to share the gospel clearly with others, to read and handle God’s word rightly, and to serve God and his people for the rest of their lives.
We seek to train people with the gospel whenever the Bible is opened. We always try to let God’s Word set the agenda, so whether formally through Sunday sermons, or informally as we look at God’s Word, we trust that we will be strengthened and equipped with lasting gospel convictions.
However, there are a few particular ways in which we hope to train our church family.
Each Wednesday we meet together to study God’s Word together. We study one book for the whole academic year, seeking to dig into the riches of God’s word, understanding how the whole book fits together and how the author reveals the gospel of Jesus Christ to us.
Whilst there are many reasons for, and ways to run, small groups, we are aiming for one thing above all: to help every member discover God’s truth and hear him speak to them for themselves. So, rather than teaching the passage, we seek to help the group members see what God, through the human author, have to say to us through the passage – and to give them confidence that they can do this, with the Spirit’s help, for themselves!
Therefore, we give each member a ‘prep’ book at the start of the year, with questions that help you unpack the passage for yourself, so you can come to the Bible study wanting to get more clear on what God is saying, and help others to do so too.
We also have regular ‘training slots’ where we think about the Bible’s teaching on important issues, or where we learn how to explain the gospel or read a Bible passage with a friend.
Come join us! We are studying John’s gospel in 2019-20.
Click here to see some previous study resources available.
We run three weekends away together each year. As well as being great fun, a chance to escape the city, and get to know the church family better, they are brilliant opportunities to dive deeper into a particular doctrine or book of the Bible.
To see what we’ve done previously, click on the ‘Weekends Away’ tab on the right of our Talk Recordings page.
Similarly, we wish to equip all our church family to do the works of ministry, of speaking the truth in love to build the body up to maturity (Ephesians 4v11-16). So, we have a healthy culture of church family reading the Bible one-to-one with each other, to disciple and pastorally care for others, and to train them to know and love the gospel and to speak or teach it to others too.
Word Ministry Training (WMT)
A modular training scheme, with three terms per year, seeking to develop gospel priorities and a ministry mindset. Each term has a focus: gospel convictions, evangelism and leaders training.
Develop gospel priorities and ministry mindset. We want WMTs to be whole-hearted disciples and witnesses for the Lord Jesus either in full time secular work or in full time Bible teaching.
Develop convictions about word ministry. We want WMTs to be convinced that God’s word is sufficient to save and keep people for eternal life.
Develop Bible handling and teaching skills. We want WMTs to be able to understand and teach the Bible clearly.
We will invite those in our church family for whom we think this is the best next step; whom we long to see developed as a mature believer and to flourish in word ministry, to the glory of God. They will need to have shown themselves to be godly, trustworthy, reliable, committed members of their small group and of our church family.
St Nick’s Training Programme: Ministry Trainees
We are taking on Trainees for September 2020.
Our Training Programme, in partnership with the Cornhill Training Course, offers Trainees in-depth Bible teaching and ministry experience in one of the greatest mission fields in the world – aiming to reach the half a million who work within the Square Mile with the good news of Jesus. The Programme can be full or part-time.
Please download full details of our Training Programme Ministry Trainees 2020
For an application form, please email Suzie: [email protected]
Please speak to Chris or Alyssa if you have any questions or are interested in exploring the possibility of any of the above further. You can contact them via Suzie at [email protected]