Become a Ministry Partner

Find out how to register as a SWYM Ministry Partner.

Thinking about becoming a Ministry Partner?

If you’re thinking about registering, then the best thing to do is to get in contact so that we can send you a copy of our Ministry Partner Handbook and discuss your project. Here’s a brief overview of how it works:

1. Get in contact with SWYM

The first step is to contact us, and we will arrange a meeting with your local area co-ordinator who will help guide you through this process.

2. Complete online forms

When you are ready to apply to register as a Ministry Partner, complete our online form. Once you have registered, there are two forms that you will need to complete:

  • Ministry Partner Form – This tells us about your setting, vision and goals.
  • Job Description  – This tells us more about the specific work that a trainee will be doing when placed. You will have multiple Job Descriptions if you are looking for more than one trainee.

Advice on completing the Ministry Partner Form and Job Description can be found in the Ministry Partner Next Steps Handbook. You will also need to provide a copy of your Safeguarding and Health and Safety Policies.

3. Trainee recruitment process
We receive numerous applications from across the UK and around the world throughout the year from people who wish to be part of SWYM. As part of the application process, we will take up three references and conduct an initial interview.

Having assessed applicants’ suitability to join one of our training courses, we will put forward an applicant who best suits your profile. Due to the nature of placing trainees, it is unusual for SWYM to be able to offer more than one applicant at a time to a placement to interview.

Ministry partners are encouraged to recruit for themselves as well as waiting for applicants that will come through SWYM. A ministry partner could place an advert in national or regional magazines and advertise with local churches and contacts.

4. Ministry Partner interviews
The ministry partner will need to carry out all the procedures they consider necessary to make the correct appointment. This may include a number of interviews and visits. The ministry partner should also be aware that most of the applicants are not able to afford to pay for extensive travel arrangements and help should be offered by the ministry partner for this. If, after the interview, you decide not to go ahead with that trainee, we will request some feedback and suggest another trainee.

Once a ministry partner is happy with a SWYM approved applicant, a role can be offered directly to the applicant by the ministry partner. It then becomes the applicant’s decision whether he/she wishes to accept the placement’s offer. This is a matter for the applicant to discuss with the ministry partner. Once all parties are agreed on the placement, the agreements need to be completed and then details of accommodation, arrival in the placement, start date and any other specific matters need to be clarified.

5. Agreements signed and confirmed
Once all the checks and arrangements have been made the Placement and Training Agreements will be signed.
6. Trainee starts!
Trainees will usually start in the beginning of September, after their Induction and Conference. We invite you to join us at our Commissioning Service at the end of Conference as we commission the trainees into their placements.

It is the ministry partner’s responsibility to arrange for the trainee to travel to the induction programme, all training conferences and local cluster meetings.

Want to know more?

We are more than happy to have a chat over the phone, or one of our area co-ordinators can visit you in person. We can come and meet a leadership team or a church meeting to help explain how SWYM works and answer any questions.