An interesting article:
The Ministry Training Scheme, in its Sydney-Anglican incarnation, and
its clones, generally looks like this: take a mature Christian with some
experience in voluntary ministry, put them into a 1-2 year, often
full-time, ministry position, give them on-the-job training and
mentorship, and pay them a fairly sub-standard wage.
Sounds a lot like an apprenticeship, really. But it's not, and ex-MTS
apprentices have nothing formal to show for what they've been through.
Furthermore, MTS is often used as a pre-Theological Education scheme.
So, you do your MTS, then you go on to a Theological College of some
So: unlike an apprenticeship you get no qualification, and no
compensation for the hard work and low wages you undertake. And to
continue to work in full-time ministry, the expectation is that you will
then go and take full-time study to qualify for that.
Fundamentally my problem revolves around this: MTS takes people at a
time of life when they generally need to be saving towards paying for a
theological education, and puts them in a situation where they will
struggle to make ends meet, with little in the way of other