Ministry Apprenticeship Program

Are you called to serve God’s people?

As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
1 Peter 4:10 

About MAP

The Ministry Apprenticeship Program (MAP) at St. Paul’s Bloor Street offers a fully-funded, immersive experience for young adults who wish to consider a possible vocation in ordained ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada.

Each annual cohort of 3-5 Apprentices will undertake a full-time, year-long program that combines service, study, and spiritual formation. Room and board are provided, plus a modest monthly stipend for living expenses.

Over the course of the MAP experience, Apprentices serve in a rotation through each of St. Paul’s ministry departments, gaining exposure to the diverse set of skills required for vibrant urban ministry—including St. Pauls’ ongoing work to serve God’s mission in Toronto by planting and reviving downtown churches. They also enjoy exposure to graduate-level theological education, one-on-one mentoring from ordained and lay leaders, and training in the holistic spiritual discipline of the SPBS “Rhythm of Life”.

MAP seeks to serve the national and global church by recruiting a new generation of leaders to serve the church of Jesus Christ. Apprentice cohorts also reflect the program’s goal of raising up pastors and priests from groups that are currently underrepresented in church leadership. We are committed to bringing a gospel-driven concern for racial and economic justice to the vocational discernment process. We want to make vocational discernment possible for everyone, regardless of financial means.

So come live, pray, and work for a year in Toronto—for free!

“…with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel”
Philippians 1:27

Discernment requires a community centred around the Bible and reliant on the Holy Spirit. With its deep history of shaping and training future church leaders, St. Paul’s congregation is an ideal setting for young adults to explore whether God is calling them to service through ordained ministry. As part of this ongoing discernment, Apprentices meet regularly with the MAP Director, both individually and as a cohort, as well as designated sponsors within the congregation. MAP Apprentices also benefit from the opportunity to live in community with the students at nearby Wycliffe College, an evangelical Anglican seminary at the University of Toronto.

“We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us…”
Romans 12:6

Is MAP for me?

MAP exists to help young adults discern a possible calling to ordained ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply—SPBS is an exceptionally diverse and growing community, and we want to raise up future leaders who look like the church.

Faith background: Applicants should be able to affirm the historic Christian faith as articulated in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. Applicants do not need to be Anglican to apply, but need to be open to serving in the Anglican Church.

Educational requirements: Our goal is to prepare Apprentices to begin seminary education if they have not already done so, as the educational prerequisite for ordained ministry. In general, MAP applicants should have completed at least a post-secondary degree prior to starting the program, but allowances may be made for exceptional applicants.

Residency requirements: A core part of the MAP formation process is the community life in residence at Wycliffe College, which has single-occupancy rooms only. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to participate fully in their cohort life at the college, but consideration will be given to qualified individuals who cannot be housed at Wycliffe, such as married applicants. All Apprentices must spend the full MAP year (Sep-Aug) living within commuting distance of SPBS.

Employment status: MAP is a full-time commitment, and Apprentices should not plan on holding additional employment for the duration of their program. We can accept applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, as well as citizens of the US and UK who wish to explore ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada (see below for the additional fees that apply for international applicants).

Finances

A commitment to economic justice is a core part of the MAP mandate to raise up a diverse group of leaders for the church. Our intention is that the program be possible for individuals from every economic background. Toward this end, MAP Apprentices receive full room and board at Wycliffe College for the duration of the program (September-August), plus a modest $500/month stipend for living expenses.

Married Apprentices who cannot be housed at Wycliffe will receive the monetary equivalent of Wycliffe room and board, plus the monthly stipend. They will be responsible for finding and securing their own housing within commuting distance from St. Paul’s.

Core program expenses are covered by generous donations from the St. Paul’s community. To situate the program within a broader community of support, we also ask Apprentices to secure prayer commitments and financial sponsors for MAP from among their home church communities. MAP will help Apprentices in these efforts by supplying materials describing the program and sponsorship cards for people to indicate prayer and financial support.

Fees:
A $500 nonrefundable program fee is due upon enrolment into MAP to hold the Apprentice’s space.
Apprentices are responsible for their own travel costs to/from Toronto.
Accepted applicants from the US or UK will be responsible for the legal fees associated with their respective work permits (approximately $2500-$3500 CAD). These fees will be due upon acceptance into the program.

About St. Paul's

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St. Paul’s Bloor Street, located in the heart of Toronto, is the largest Anglican church in Canada. It combines the deep traditions of a 180-year history with a vibrant, living, and extraordinarily diverse community of faith that is growing in new ways, especially among the young professionals who live near the church and in our ongoing work to plant new churches in downtown Toronto. St. Paul’s strives to offer the best of both contemporary and classical expressions of Anglican worship in its Sunday services, along with Biblical preaching, children’s, and youth ministries. We encourage weekday discipleship through widespread small-group membership and courses like Alpha and Turning to Christ. The “Rhythm of Life”—a set of five spiritual practices that have nourished Christians for centuries—offers a holistic framework for practical discipleship that informs everything that St. Paul’s does.

Leadership

The Rev. Dr. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson is MAP Director and an Associate Priest at SPBS. He is the author of several books and led a faith-based advocacy organization prior to entering parish ministry.

Bishop Jenny Andison

The Rt. Rev. Jenny Andison became the 11th rector of SPBS in 2021. She was previously an Area Bishop in the Diocese of Toronto and has served churches across Canada and overseas.

Episcopal Patron

The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil is the Bishop of Toronto and the episcopal patron of the Ministry Apprenticeship Program.

Want to take the next step?

The next MAP term runs from September 1, 2024, to August 31, 2025.

Interested individuals are invited to submit an application. Applicants selected for consideration will then be invited to interview with the MAP admissions committee. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the cohort is full, so candidates are encouraged to apply early. The final deadline for applications is May 31, 2024.

Accepted candidates must indicate their decision to enroll in MAP within two weeks of acceptance, at which point a $500 non-refundable program fee is due (plus any legal fees for work permits for US and UK applicants).

Please contact Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, MAP Director, with any questions.