Today, let me introduce you to the next exciting phase of our Church life together!
I call him Jake (well, that’s actually his name).
Jake represents the next exciting phase of our Church life together because he’s undertaking a two year Ministry Training Apprenticeship starting in January. We are a Church that strives to help all people find life in Christ and we do that by equipping our members to serve and love one another with the good news of Jesus.  Our greatest asset is our people and we need to be investing in training and developing leaders across all areas of our Church life.
The Ministry Training Apprenticeship is not about what we can get out of Jake, its about giving Jake experience and training across a broad range of Christian ministry to help him consider how he might serve the Lord with his life.  
You’ll recall that Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” – Matt 9:37-38.  Would you join me in praying that the MTS programme will allow us to raise up and send out workers into Christ harvest field from among us?  
It will cost approximately $50,000 to employ Jake as a Ministry trainee next year.  Half of this will be paid for from our Church budget, the other half will be fundraised by Jake himself.  You can support Jake by signing up to pray for him or by contributing to our MTS Support Fund.