"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others."
2 Timothy 2:2
The METRO Committee oversees the Ministry Equipping Training Recruiting Organisation (METRO), which provides a pathway for people wishing to get great ministry training through a 2-year apprentice program.
METRO: glorifies the one true God who has revealed himself in His son Jesus Christ by training others to make him known, who then train others to do the same.
Apprentices may then go on to bible college or take on other gospel-focused ministry, such as Youth Work, Women’s Ministry or Scripture Teaching, amongst other options.
METRO and MTS have enjoyed a long partnership in encouraging churches to raise up leaders for paid gospel work. METRO Sponsorship provides financial assistance to MTS Apprentices who are members of Presbyterian Churches in NSW/ACT.
The value of METRO Sponsorship is $6000 per year for 2 years (or $3000 per year for 2 years in the MTS-MTW program).
In order to qualify for METRO Sponsorship, Applicants must:
In accepting a METRO sponsorship, the Applicant agrees to:
The Apprentice needs to be a member of a Presbyterian Church but may undertake training in suitable ministry training options outside the local church. These training programs will be approved by the committee.
The committee comprises three ministers, three elders and a convener with its main function to oversee the development of METRO including program approval and scholarship allocations to apprentices.
METRO believes that an evangelistic, equipping model of ministry is best learnt through the biblical model of one-to-one training.
In the context of this training, the whole person is trained in three strands:
METRO benefits not only the apprentice, but strengthens the training culture for:
More information about Metro is contained in this video, which was played at the Presbyterian Church NSW General Assembly 2017.
Hear from an Metro apprentice: Keith Wiencke.
METRO doesn’t provide the apprentices. Apprentices are home grown. When a local church discerns someone that they would like to invest in and train according to the 2 Timothy 2:2 model, METRO provides the framework & the assistance to help that happen well. It's important to note that the local church and the trainer are responsible for the training.
If you would like to know more about METRO, you can follow METRO on facebook.
If you're considering offering a METRO apprenticeship, you should come along to MTS Mission Minded in the October long weekend. Here's METRO committee member Paul Sheely talking about the benefits of the conference.
METRO apprentices will be expected to attend the MTS G8 National conference. In 2018, this was held at Stanwell Tops, from January 21-24.
In 2019, this will be held, from January 20-23, 2019.
If you'd like to apply for a METRO scholarship, you need to fill in the relevant form:
Convener: David Bell