What they say

Michelle Buckley

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I did my METRO traineeship at Drouin Presbyterian Church in the area of Children’s and Youth Ministry. This has been home church since my late teens and it’s played a huge part in helping me grow as a Christian.

I became a Christian when I was 8 but it wasn’t until I was 17 that I really started to understand what it means to live my life in service of Jesus, who gave his life to save me from my sin and bring me into a restored relationship with God.

I started this traineeship after working at a bank for over 3 years. Serving and training in full time ministry was a huge change for me. In the bank I was always around so many people and always had set tasks and deadlines that were predictable. I quickly found that while you spend a lot of time with people in ministry you also work on your own a lot and have to manage you own time. But after a long while I started to settle in and get into a routine. My traineeship involved writing and lead Bible studies, meeting with girls one-to-one, helping to organise and lead youth group events, giving talks and devotions, teaching Sunday school, giving kids talks, instructing an SRI class, organising and helping run our youth services, and organising and running our kids school holiday program, as well as doing the set METRO curriculum.

This traineeship hasn’t just grown me in my ministry skills but it had also given me a strong foundation in Bible knowledge, helping me to think theologically about things and better equipping me to serve God in my day-to-day living. My aim for the future is to be an intentional Christian in the workplace, to continue serving in our church by helping coordinate our youth ministry, and to be doing what I can to share the gospel with my non-Christian friends.

This traineeship has been the hardest but most rewarding experience of my life. Whether I end up doing theological training and/or full time ministry in the future or not, the things that I have gained are of great eternal benefit and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.

Matt Deroon


My time as a Metro Trainee has been an encouraging, joyous and challenging experience. It has provided me with a greater understanding and passion for discipleship and evangelism. Throughout these two years I have had the joy of doing ministry full-time. I have been able to develop ministry skills such as preaching, service leading, mentoring, training, bible study leading and more. The most significant way I have grown and been challenged is with the importance of relying on a sovereign God in the midst of doing ministry as a flawed human. Before I began the Traineeship it was a very difficult decision to resign from my job as a primary school teacher. Thinking back over my decision and knowing what I have been able to do and be a part of has made me ever grateful for these two years.