We’d love to welcome a team of ID students to join our team at Hope Church Ipswich at what is a very exciting phase in the life of the church. The church has steadily grown to over 400 people in recent years of all ages and from diverse ethnicities and backgrounds. Hope has recently been turned inside-out with the formation of "Life Groups” through which many, many people are being reached and brought into the community.

We are anticipating great things from God through these groups and the church is in the process of developing a former cinema in the heart of the town that will significantly increase our capacity to welcome more people into God’s family here - we expect to be in the building on Sundays early in 2020. Hope Church has hosted ID students for the past four years and one has joined our growing staff team among whom there is always plenty of cake to be found.

ID students at Hope will stay with a local family and will have their accommodation costs paid for by the church. Over the past few years, ID students have been involved in children’s work, youth work, street outreach, practical care for those in need, Alpha, PA, worship, work amongst the elderly and more. Come and join an exciting mission in the fantastic town of Ipswich!

Hope Church in action on a Sunday morning

Hope Church in action on a Sunday morning

We have just bought this former cinema in the town centre.

We have just bought this former cinema in the town centre.

Our plan is to transform it into a hub for the community.

Our plan is to transform it into a hub for the community.


Why be an ID intern?

ID is a year-long church internship program designed to help you walk with Jesus into the adventures that he has for you. Over the course of the year you'll be immersed in the life and mission of a local church, where you can serve in a wide variety of exciting ministries and be lovingly discipled. We also expose you to exciting missional opportunities with Relational Mission churches in the UK and Europe.

We want to intentionally disciple you. To help you grow in knowledge and passion for God, to learn you are you, and how you can live and speak for Jesus in every area of life.

Why host or send an ID intern?

Our hope is that ID not only blesses the individual interns but also the churches that host and send them. Having an ‘IDer’ in your church who is well invested in and given opportunities to serve and step out demonstrates a commitment to investing in individuals.

Likewise, sending folks on ID shows that as a church you are committed to Christ’s commission and value the apostolic as much as the local.

So, who could you send onto the course? Could your church offer someone a placement?

Who is it for?

Anyone aged 18+ who is able to take a year out and who wants to grow in their faith.

ID can be a wonderful opportunity for college/school leavers to get a solid foundation of theology and character before heading to the work place or off to university. Likewise for those finishing university considering what to do next. We have also had a good number of men and women in their twenties and thirties take career breaks in order to do the course. We haven't yet had anyone in retirement come onto the course, but we’re open to that!

I'm in! How do I apply?

The application process can be found on the ID webpage. Applicants complete an online form which comes through to the ID team who then contact the sending church to discuss the applicant and the placement options available.

Or you can contact Matt Fell directly to ask any questions and to find out more.