TAWFG Apprenticeship Program Description

The TAWFG Apprenticeship Program Descriptionram is sponsored by Leadership Development and Youth and Young Adult Ministry Teams of the Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ


High school youth (age 16 or older) and college age young adults, with preference to youth and young adults who have attended a TAWFG retreat.


Part-time two week internship with a pastor of a local church Job shadow format will provide the apprentice with insight into the varied roles of a pastor-- preaching preparation, pastoral care, and administration, to name a few. Apprentice will have time for personal reflection, spiritual practice, and opportunity to lead worship. Apprentice will join the cohort of other TAWFG apprentices for racial justice training to develop cultural competency. There will be an orientation about pathways to seminary by the Associate Conference Minister for Transitions as well as a tour of Hartford Seminary. The program will be capped with a celebration at CT Conference office in Hartford.

Sample Schedule:

First Sunday: Introduction and blessing, youth to read scripture 2 hours

Personal study: worship prep and spiritual practice (one hour per day) 5 hours

Church visit (job shadow) T, W, Th (example: attend Deacons mtg) 5 hours

CTUCC Conference Office visit (ACM for Transitions) 3 hours

Second Sunday: share a reflection in worship 2 hours

Personal study: worship prep and spiritual practice (one hour per day) 5 hours

Church visit (job shadow) T, W, Th (example: attend Council mtg) 5 hours

Hartford Seminary tour 2 Level I Racial Justice Training 6 hours

Third Sunday: share a faith story in worship 2 hours

Culminating presentation at Sherman Street 3 hours

Total: 40 hours


May - July 2017 on mutually convenient dates over two weeks

Apprentice presentations will be held in mid-July at the Conference Office


Strong faith and sense of call

Recommendation of home pastor or a Silver Lake Dean or Chaplain

Must have driver’s license or access to reliable transportation

Application Process:

Application forms are available online beginning October 15. Two recommendations must be submitted with the application. Deadline date has been extended to March 15, 2017. Interviews will be held via skype in March, 2017. Assignments will be made in early May based on candidate preference, geography, and mentor time-table.


Stipend $300 per apprentice,


For more information, contact Debby Kirk, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, at debbyk@ctucc.org or 860-761-7103 

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