Ministry Experience Scheme (MES)

“The overarching aim of the Ministry Experience Scheme (MES) is to give young adults (18s-30s), from all backgrounds, the space and time to test God’s calling on their lives. It offers the chance to experience practical ministry, enrich theological understanding and further personal development, all with ongoing support from peers and supervisors” 
– MES Website.


The Ministry Experience Scheme in the Diocese of Leicester has three core elements:

  1. Missional placement – Placement churches provide a context for ministry, accommodation, and supervision. We have city, town, and rural placements across a range of church traditions. 
  2. Training – We will work with you to find a suitable programme of study or vocational training. Options may include New Wine Discipleship Year, lay ministry training or Diocesan courses.
  3. Support Network – Our aim is to create a network of support for each participant, including a placement supervisor, mentor, and access to Diocesan Vocations team. During the year we gather MES participants for quiet days, social events, and training (such as unconscious bias & antiracism training).

Future Youth

Are you passionate about serving children and young people? Are you exploring a vocation in children’s or youth ministry? In Leicester, we have a several churches who are offering a Future Youth placement. Get in touch to find out more…

The scheme runs from early September to mid-July.


Ministry Experience Scheme is free for participants. Funding for the Ministry Experience Scheme in Leicester is available through several streams. Get in touch to find out more. 


If you are aged 18-30 and would like to apply to the Ministry Experience scheme in Leicester, please download and complete an application form, and return to

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