GCLP Ep 2: Apprenticeship Model
The apprenticeship model at City United Church strives to empower everyone with the chance to serve with confidence and ability. To help our team members build their skills in any area, our apprenticeship model has four stages. (1) I Do – You Watch - At this level the apprentice will watch the trainer and observe what they do to perform in their area of ministry. The trainer will explain each process as they proceed. (2) I Do – You Help - At this level the apprentice will be given more responsibility. The trainer is still taking the lead, but the apprentice will be given the opportunity to be more hands on. (3) You Do – I Help - The apprentice will now take the lead with the trainer acting as back-up helping the apprentice. (4) You Do – I watch - Apprentice has full responsibility of the ministry and the trainer is watching and observing the apprentice as they perform in their area of ministry. When this model is followed, the apprentice can be deployed for service with the confidence and ability they need to succeed. People on our teams do not need to be 100% proficient in the area they are working in to be given the opportunity to serve. When they are at 70% capacity, let them go.