What do pioneers do?
Pioneering is about firsts. Being the first to lead ministry into new places for and with others. Pioneers must be able to see a new future, and have the skills and gifts needed to make it a reality now.
Pioneers connect with people outside of Church, creating new ways of doing Church together in their community.
Pioneers are leaders of innovation, with a gift for seeing what God is doing and responding creatively to it.
Fresh Start Pioneers
Classic pioneering types who start new things, love firsts, and enjoy the blank canvas.
Released from the expectations of classic parish roles, they are able to minister in places where the Church is not present.
Parish Based Pioneers
Pioneers who work from a parish base but from there develop new ways of doing things, expanding the growth and reach of the local Church.
Pioneering is the main focus of their ministry and most of their time is spent with people outside the Church.
Our regional networks help provide the most effective and co-ordinated pioneer training in your region.
Regional networks work by partnering dioceses, theological education institutions, and other local organisations to bring together lay and ordained pioneers for training, support, and best practice.
Use the details below to connect with your network. We currently have three up and running, and we are growing our regional networks to cover all of England. If you’re involved in pioneering and would like to be a part of this please do get in touch.
The next pioneer panel dates are the 12th of February, the 7th of May, and the 4th of June. More dates for the autumn coming soon.
For more on pioneering, get in touch with our pioneer development adviser, Rev'd Ed Olsworth-Peter on 02078981398 or 07469855260.
“This is a ‘can do’ book, best put into the hands of people who sense a desire to respond to the call of God to reimagine things, but don’t quite know the steps to realise it. It is deeply practical, deeply hopeful, and deeply involving.” Archbishop Justin Welby
Authored by David Male, our national pioneer development adviser, this award winning practical handbook covers everything from how to listen to the physical, social and spiritual environment of a local context, to how to build a creative team, how to build relationships and create communities through acts of authentic love, how to become and stay Jesus-centred, how to live and tell the gospel in meaningful ways, how to grow disciples, and how to stay fresh.
How to pioneer is available to buy from Church House Publishing.
Brimming with stories, ideas and resources, this is a good place to start to find more resources and information. For starters check out The Guide, a handy resource containing how-to advice on starting, developing and sustaining fresh expressions of church based on shared experiences. All the material is based on listening to hundreds of different stories on how fresh expressions begin and are sustained.
Godsend, which is available to download for free, has been designed as a toolkit to help you grow new Christian communities with those exploring faith. It uses animations, questions and real life examples to explore topics such as listening to the community, what emerging church looks like, how do you gather team and so much more.
Supports small communities, embracing a diverse group of people whose gifts and calling are directed to the well-being of our local communities.
Urban Expression is a mission agency that recruits, equips, deploys and networks self-financing teams, pioneering creative and relevant expressions of the Christian church in under-churched areas of the inner city.
Providing training and advice for those hoping to set up a café church.
Offers a way of being church for families involving fun which helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
Rural Expression is a mission initiative that recruits, equips, deploys and networks self-financing teams, pioneering, creative and relevant expressions of the Christian church among under-churched groups and communities in rural areas.
Developing new communities in specific areas in the UK.
A very helpful basic guide on finance.
Research on what is happening with and in fresh expressions of church, mainly in the Church of England.
MSM is an excellent one-year course which takes people on a learning journey as part of a supportive community, training them for ministry in fresh expressions of church. Usually the course consists of three Saturday, eight evenings and a weekend but there are more flexible ways of using the material.
MSI helps people to reconnect with the communities they are called to serve and to re-imagine the forms of church that are needed for the 21st century. It takes you on a creative and reflective journey looking at the need for new ways of being church through six downloadable sessions.
Crucible consists of three intensive training weekends each year to equip Christians to follow Jesus on the margins by creating new communities.
This is a modular course which means it is very flexible.
Pioneer School is a course specifically designed for those leading new communities. It is held on 6 Saturdays over a period of about 8 months. Each day is structured with input and discussion in the morning followed by small, peer-led groups in the afternoon.
An easy-to-use pack with everything you need to start a church-based mentoring network: identifying, equipping and resourcing mentors.
Helps leaders to find a mentor.
A number of excellent resources that attempt to create spaces for people to explore some of the big and not-so-big questions of life. A great source for developing spiritual conversations.