Trainee project at a glance

  • 1,400 people from 15 churches, representing 60% of the Deanery usual Sunday attendance, working together to welcome young families to all-age church services.
  • 4,140 primary school children offered a weekly Christian lunchtime club.
  • The clubs are run by young trainees who spend a year in the Deanery, to grow as disciples and leaders and to serve the local church.
  • Up to ten trainees serving the local church and training for Christian ministry.
  • A 35 week curriculum in discipleship training run from a hub in Marlow
  • 20-30 parish volunteers released into schools
  • 15 churches see increase in visits from families
  • Closer church-school partnerships.

What is the New Wine Discipleship Year?

Who is it for?

The Discipleship Year is for ANYONE aged 18-24 looking to:

  • Grow confidence in who God has made you to be
  • Discover the purpose He has for your life
  • Get involved by serving in a local church
  • Discover, exercise and nurture your spiritual gifts and passions
  • Be challenged to step out, risk and see God work through you


Every Tuesday we will gather as a training centre at All Saints’ Marlow for a day of teaching. The curriculum is carefully tailored to enable you to learn the foundations of faith including topics on; doctrine, practical theology, character, leadership and hot topics. The day will run from 9am-4pm, including morning and afternoon teaching sessions, a word for the day, sung worship and time to pray together.

Throughout the year there are also two national weekends away where we gather will all the training centres across the country. These weekends cover some of the key aspects of the teaching as well as a great opportunity to get to know other trainees and to make lasting friendships.


Alongside teaching, you will also serve as part of a placement in an area of ministry that you are particularly passionate about, as well as some other areas to give you a broad range of experience of ministry through the year. Placements do vary in the amount of time required from you in the week, with the average being a day and a half, though there are full time placements available. Most placements allow time for you to get a part time job so that you can support yourself financially through the year, as well as explore the mission field in the locality that you’re in. Those placements that require more time from you sometimes pay towards the student fee cost.

Placement opportunities for the 2021/22 Year

  • The Lantern Church, Marlow Bottom: Children, Youth work 
  • All Saints’ Church, Marlow: Children & Youth work, Worship, Operations 
  • St Andrew’s Hatters Lane, High Wycombe: Children & Youth work
  • St Peter’s, Aylesbury: Children, Youth, Worship & AV, Families, Community Garden & Social Justice 
  • School Chaplaincy
  • Hazlemere Church: Youth 
  • South Chilterns Team: Children with schools work 

Course Details

The 2022-23 Discipleship Year will begin in September 2022.

The fee for the year is £1000 which can be paid upfront or in termly instalments. The fee covers the cost of all teaching, coaching and training at the Hub (including resources and material) as well as attendance to the two national weekends away that take place throughout the year. 


Ideally, you will live near you placement church.

Usually trainees find their own accommodation and pay for their general living expenses by working part-time in casual employment.

In some instances you may be offered accommodation in a community house or host family. In this case you might be asked to give more time to serving in your placement. 

Apply for the 2021/22 Year

Applications are closed for this year (2021-2022) but will re-open early in 2022.

Got Questions?

If you have any questions about the Discipleship Training Centre please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Charlotte Lawson