Equipping Gospel Workers for Christ

The Board of Ministry works in partnership with ETS, Presbyteries, and other Boards of the Church in the training and equipping of Gospel workers, especially focusing on those applying to become ministers in the Free Church - either as candidates or as ordained ministers from other churches or denominations.

The Board of Ministry’s work is divided into two sub teams:

The Student Team:  Works with local churches to help identify potential candidates for ministry, oversees the development of suitable training schemes in local churches, and works with ETS to ensure that the theological education provided will equip candidates for ministry in the 21st Century.

The Ministry Team:  Works with Presbyteries to provide a pastoral care package that ensures ministers and their families are well supported in their work. This team is also responsible for the oversight of ministers’ working conditions in accordance with the law and good practice, and is continuing to develop the post-ordination package of lifelong training, through in-service training days, continuing professional development and conference provision.

The Board is focused on integrating its various remits, developing stronger co-operation with other Boards of the Church, and communicating with and supporting more effectively Presbyteries and local churches.

Please check back regularly for further updates on the work of the Board.

Apply for the Ministry

Are you considering ministry in the Free Church of Scotland? 

We are thankful to have welcomed a number of new ministry candidates as well as ministers from other denominations over the past few years.

Visit the link below to find out everything you need to know.


Post-Graduate and Apprentice Funding

Applications for partial funding are invited from individuals wishing to take part in a Ministry Apprenticeship Programme or Post-Graduate Studies.

Applications should be submitted by 1st July each year.

Secure Resources


The Secure Resources section  contains a host of resources for ministers and elders, as well as other information such as the annual in-service training and finance updates.

If you have forgotten your password and user name, contact the Free Church of Scotland offices on 0131 226 5286. 

Contact The Board

Paul Clarke


Donald Macleod