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Here at St John’s Leicester we have a places for ministry interns/discipleship year students. 

The placements run from September to July each year and we are now taking applications for September 2022. If you would like to spend a year growing in your relationship with God and serving in the local church, then read more below.

Who is it for?

The internship is for anyone aged 18-24 looking to:

  • Grow confidence in who God has made you to be

  • Discover the purpose he has for your life

  • Get involved by serving in a local church

  • Discover, exercise and nurture your spiritual gifts and passions

  • Be challenged to step out, risk and see God work through you

  • Experience the adventure of overseas mission

Where will you be serving?

At St John's we want you to experience a wide variety of ministry areas so we try to cover a wide range of things. If you do want to specialise in a specific area then please do get in touch. Throughout your time with us you will experience:

  • Youth & Children's Work

  • Media & Production

  • Foodbank & Compassion Ministries

  • St Peter's Church Plant

  • Administration

Training and Development

Our internships are normally run in partnership with the New Wine Discipleship Year Hub in Leicester. This means that for one day per week you will go to the hub at Holy Trinity Leicester for teaching with others who are on the year. The remaining four days a week are spent in placement.  There are sometimes alternative options for study that you can discuss with us:

  • New Wine Leadership Scheme (this is a new initiative for those having done the DY or who are more mature and looking to engage with church leadership)

  • St Mellitus  1st Year - based at the East Midlands Centre in Nottingham (1 day a week study) Available to second year interns

  • CYM - Discernment Year - the first year of a degree in Applied Theology with specific emphasis on Children and/or Young People.

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Community Life

As part of the year you will be living in community with interns from other churches who are also on the same or similar programme in other churches. Intentional Christian Community is a key part of the year and you will be living at The Community of The Tree of Life in the Leicester City Centre (around 30mins walk from the church).

Living in the Community you will eat, pray, laugh, play, worship and share life with a diverse group of up to 12 young Christians.  You will build deep-spirited friendships discovering how differences can enrich your relationships and transform your worldview.


The core community building practices are:

  • Listening – weekly community meeting

  • Sharing Food – weeknight meals together & shared food budget

  • Worship – weekly act of house worship

  • Service – share in cooking, cleaning and care for house, garden & each other

How much does it cost?

Currently the year is fully funded and you are not required to pay any fees. There may be an optional mission trip during the year which you would need to fund yourself. Included in the year is the following:

  • Accommodation - Based at The Community of the Tree of Life

  • Food - The costs of all food is provided with the accomodation

  • Training Fee - Any fees relating to study are covered

  • Living Allowance - A small monthly living allowance is paid for living expenses

  • Placement Expenses - Any 'out of pocket expenses' are covered as part of the placement.


How do I apply?

You can fill in the application below or simply contact us at to ask us questions and to know more about our church, role, duties and the course.

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