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The vision is to form dynamic, creative leaders that follow Christ and bring hope to the city and the culture.
— Al Gordon, Rector of Hackney

What is Form?

Form is a leadership training year for emerging leaders with a sense of God's call on their lives. Spend a year being formed in your faith, learning new skills and experiencing life in Hackney, all at the heart of a thriving community.

How does Form work?

Form will help shape your life in four key ways:

First, theologically: we're thrilled to be partnering with St Mellitus College to bring you world-class theological input from leading theologians and teachers that will shape your mind.

Second, spiritually: through a 30-week programme of mentoring, discipleship, prayer and spiritual journey, you'll be challenged and shaped, laying foundations for your walk with God. 

Third, practically: you'll be engaged in hands-on, practical ministry that will shape the day-to-day life of a fast-growing church, developing your leadership skills. 

Fourth, culturally: based in the dynamic and creative heart of East London, you'll sharpen your gifts by being immersed in a dynamic, exciting and creative neighbourhood. 

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My year in Hackney has been brilliant! It has given me a great space to take my current skills and grow them into gifts that impact the local church. The reward is significant growth...
— Nate Hayes, Musician

Who is Form for?

Form is ideally suited to young leaders with a passion for engaging in cultural renewal and spiritual formation. You might be a graduate on your way to a career, or a young person taking a year out to invest in your character and calling. We believe Form will be a life-changing experience for you. 

When does Form run?

The programme runs from September 2018 to July 2019, You'll spend Sunday-Wednesday immersed in life at St John at Hackney: with a mixture of practical placement in ministry areas, and formational training. Thursday-Saturday are free for part-time work or further study:

Sunday you're at church serving in a key ministry area, seeing lives transformed and soaking it all up.

Monday is for ministry placement in the morning, then theology input in the afternoon. 

Tuesday you're on placement with the staff team: prayer meetings, staff meetings, leadership meetings, practical stuff. 

Wednesday mornings we gather for leadership, character and personal development, followed by time serving the community. 

Cost & Accommodation?

Form costs £750 for the eleven month training programme, and we are delighted to be able to offer accommodation to successful applicants as part of the programme.

Accommodation will be in a shared community house close to the church, where you'll live with others on the programme. 

This year has been an exciting, transformational journey; growing my faith and stretching my creativity in many areas of church life
— Jemma, creative

To apply, or to find out more, drop us a line today:

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The Small Print

A deposit of £250 will be required to secure a successful applicant's place, once an offer has been made. 

The remaining £500 will be due on the first day of the Form programme in September. By entering into the programme, you accept all terms and conditions of the contract and are liable for the full amount and any conditions relating there to. 

Bursaries are available on request. 

Students are expected to attend and arrive punctually for all classes and placement commitments. Should you be unable to attend due to sickness or unexpected circumstances, please notify your placement mentor or the Form team. 

Sessions begin promptly at scheduled time and it is the responsibility of each student to be in Form on time. If you need to request a leave of absence for a special occasion, please notify the Form team with as much notice as possible.

Students will be required to complete a criminal records check and DBS before they start Form.