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Have you felt that one day you’d like to take a year to concentrate on studying God’s Word and serving in His Church? Maybe you’ve just left education or you’re between careers? Maybe God is speaking to you about something new in the coming year? It doesn’t matter if you are 18 or 80. If you have an eager desire to have an exciting, stretching, adventurous year for God, then you’re at the right place.

Read the 2018-19 Prospectus


The Kerith Academy is a unique opportunity to grow in your relationship with God through learning more about the Bible in classroom-based teaching, whilst actively outworking your learning through helping to serve and build Kerith Community Church. It is a year-long programme, and runs from September to July.


Whether you’re considering the possibility of full-time ministry or not, the Kerith Academy is an excellent way to explore, discover and live out God’s specific call on your life wherever that may be. Through the Foundational Theology, Leadership and Character Development training and serving in church life, this can be a year for you to nurture your relationship with Jesus, and to take hold of the plans He has for you. As we take time to build strong foundations in our lives, we open ourselves to the opportunity of being used by God in huge ways.

Applications not yet open

Applications for the 2019-20 Academic year are currently not open. Please register your interest to one of the following programmes using the ‘Get In Touch’ section of this web page we can let you know when we are ready to receive applications.


The Full-Time Programme includes serving a minimum of 14 hours a week in a Kerith-based ministry with a dedicated supervisor to ensure you are learning, being developed, and growing in your gifts and abilities; Attending 2 days of training each week; Access to a personal mentor throughout the year; and accessing internal and external conferences throughout the year.


The Part-Time option for the Kerith Academy enables students to be part of the Kerith Academy, whilst managing various other commitments in our lives. Part-time students access the 2 days of training each week, and serve 5 hours in a Kerith ministry each week. This option is perfect for those already involved in serving at Kerith and would like to develop in their Theology understanding, and grow in their leadership skills.


If you are a pastor of a church local to Kerith Community Church, the Church Partnership Programme is beneficial for volunteers, staff, or interns in your church. Or if you are an intern, staff member or volunteer at another local church to Kerith, this may be for you. The Church Partnership programme allows students from other churches to serve their home church, whilst accessing either or both days of the Theology and Leadership Development training. Contact Ben Pocock for more information.

International programme

Kerith is connected to various churches across the world. For those of you from one of these churches in the EU, you are eligible to apply for our International Programme where you may receive financial support from the church to attend the Academy for the year. Please use the form on the left to find out more information, or click here to see answers to the Frequently asked questions.

Next steps

The 2018-2019 prospectus has loads more information for you. Please be advised that there may be changes for the 2019-20 Academic year.

FAQs & more info

Click here to see frequently asked questions about the Kerith Academy. Click here to read the Academy Handbook for the 2018-19 Academy year. Please note that there may be changes from the 2019-19 and 2019-20 Academic years.

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