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Making ministry training more widely accessible


Who we are

The Sychar Gospel Fund is focused on providing the resources for men and women from disadvantaged socio-economic; ethnic minority; or other under-represented communities to access training for gospel ministry.  

Our Vision: Our vision is to reach more effectively those that do not have access to faithful biblical teaching or participation in gospel community by broadening the range of individuals that are trained for ministry. 

The Sychar Gospel Fund has been set up in partnership with Stewardship and has adopted Stewardship's Donor Advisory Board model for managing distribution of its funds.  



Many of the Samaritans from that town [Sychar] believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” ...They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world.” John 4:39-42

The name of the fund was inspired by Jesus’ interaction with the Samaritan woman in John, Chapter 4; Jesus regularly interacted with people that would be classed as outsiders. The transformation in the woman that came from meeting Jesus was a powerful witness to her community and led to many from her town believing Jesus’ words. 

What the Fund Supports: Stories


Noddfa Baptist Church, Abersychan, Wales

Noddfa Church has grown from a single digit congregation in 2014 to a congregation of over 150 people that meets every Sunday.  The church has welcomed over 80 baptisms over the last 5 years.

The church is situated in an area with high social deprivation with only a small percentage of the congregation in paid employment.  Thanks to the funding from The Sychar Gospel Fund, the church started Valleys School of Theology in 2023, to raise men up to ministry in this context.


Valleys School of Theology

VST makes ministry training more accessible by supporting those who love to learn practically.

Alex grew up in a home of addiction and spent several years in prison for various offences. Alex met with Jesus and his life was transformed.  Alex now uses his gifts in service to Christ at Noddfa Church. Whilst training at VST he is building a Christian Community in Trevethin. 

"We started Valleys School of Theology to raise men up into Ministry." 


Valleys School of Theology seeks to ground our trainees in good theological education whilst giving them immediate opportunity to put what they've learned into real practice.


London City Mission Pioneers Programme, London

The Pioneer Programme model enables only the most marginalised people to access ministry training.  Applicants must come from a deprived area where most people are yet to be reached with the gospel. 

These are the diverse and tough areas of London, where people are typically from non-Christian nations and cultures, following other faiths, living in poverty, at risk of gang culture and violence, housebound and isolated, homeless, sex workers, in prison/have a criminal background, or from deprived council estates.

The Sychar Gospel Fund has helped support 12 students to be trained as LCM Pioneers in the past two years.



“We identify diamonds in the rough; people who have been saved by Jesus Christ but haven’t been able to access training. This, too, was the way of the early church and the first disciples, ‘When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and noted that these men had been with Jesus.’ Acts 4:13. Over the years of being with Jesus, the way God develops and polishes these diamonds to shine is breathtaking. A life transformed within a community is a powerful witness.” Robert Prendergast, LCM, Training Field Director. 

"I've been given the tools to communicate the Gospel better and more simply to everyone." 


Over a two-year 'adventure with Jesus', the LCM Pioneer Programme unleashes the God-given potential of Christians to share their faith effectively and with confidence.


The Ragged School of Theology, 20 Schemes, Scotland

20schemes ministers in the schemes (council estates) of Scotland which are Scotland’s poorest communities. Schemes are also areas where there are little or no gospel-centred local Churches.

20Schemes desire to see Scotland’s housing schemes transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ by planting gospel-preaching churches being led by a new generation of indigenous church leaders.  

Ragged School of Theology

The Ragged School of Theology (RST) seeks to make ministry training more accessible to ordinary, everyday Christians. RST training suits the gifts and abilities of people who love to learn practically and actively compared to most ministry training that is academic and suits those who’ve been to university.

Courses are delivered at Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh, through a blend of small discussion groups and include a ministry placement in a local church. The Sychar Gospel Fund has been helped support 14 students and interns to take part in the RST programme. 

"I don't think I'd be able to keep going in ministry without this teaching to back it up."


Ragged School of Theology is enabling Christians to not only learn more about Jesus and fall more in love with Him, but to be equipped to go out and reach the lost on schemes and council estates. 


Training programme criteria: 

  • Training programmes that are in line with our Statement of Faith.
  • Pastoral training with a particular focus on developing individuals’ character, competence and conviction for Bible ministry. 
  • Flexible ministry training pathways with content that is tailored to specific cultural contexts and needs. 
  • Programmes that involve mentorship and support and ensure church placements that build strong relationships with local churches who can provide ongoing support as individuals take up ministry roles. 

Support provided:

Through our partnership with Stewardship, the fund aims not only to support individuals with financial assistance but to also encourage a biblical view of gospel partnership and support-raising skills that will enable a long-term sustainable ministry. 

The board meets several times a year and accepts application forms throughout the year.

How to apply to the Fund

To find out more about our selection criteria and how to apply, please follow the link below. 

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How to support the Fund

To find out how you can give a gift in support of the work of the Sychar Gospel Fund, please follow the link below. 


Contact us

If you would like an informal chat, or have any questions, then please get in touch. 

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