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Dreamers who Do

A Church Mission Society (CMS) course for pioneers

A training pathway for pioneers

Pioneers are people called by God who are the first to see and creatively respond to the Holy Spirit’s initiatives with those outside the Church; gathering others around them as they seek to establish new worshipping communities.

Is this the Course for You?

Are you …

Pioneering something?

Looking to develop your understanding of pioneer mission for your context?

Excited by the idea of sharing ideas and experience with other pioneers?

Hoping for an opportunity to study pioneer mission locally?

Able to commit to ONE Saturday and THREE evenings per module as well as some Independent learning time?

Wanting to be commissioned as a pioneer in your benefice?

The Lay Pioneer Training Course in the Diocese of St Albans is delivered over one year and is intended as an introduction to pioneer mission, and will equip you to reflect theologically on what you believe and what you practice.

Students who successfully complete the course will be commissioned by local clergy in their local parish or mission context following a letter from the Bishop.  They will be encouraged and supported to make disciples, develop new worshipping communities and bring transformation in their community contexts.  For those who feel called to further training and licensed ministry as a Pioneer Reader or ministry as an Ordained Pioneer there will be an opportunity to discuss with a Vocations Advisor.

What will I learn and how?

Six taught Modules:

  • Pioneer Mission
  • Mission and Church
  • Reading the Bible
  • Doing Theology
  • Mission Spirituality
  • Transforming Communities

Each module is a mix of 14 hours of teaching all together and group sessions.  During the course, students will build up a creative and flexible portfolio. The portfolio is for the students to keep as a record of their learning within their pioneer context and will also be assessed and constructive feedback given.

The course will be open to people with a wide range of learning styles, with or without previous training or experience and support will be given to those with additional learning needs.

Taster Events

We are running some Taster Cafes and events between March and June 2021 where you can find out more – click here to view all the dates.


In order to receive the letter of permission from the bishop to enable commissioning as an Enabler, those who successfully complete this course will also be required to complete the online Safeguarding courses C0 and C1, and the classroom based training C2 (leadership). We also recommend that parishes consider a basic disclosure for those on the LLW course/commissioned as LLWs. Information on basic disclosures can be found here: Safeguarding Newsletter Dec 2018

For those who have already completed and are up to date with C2 (deanery) safeguarding training due to another role in church then they won’t need to complete C2 (leadership).

Similarly, for those who, due to another role in church, already have an up to date DBS check, it would not be necessary to obtain a basic disclosure. However, if the DBS check expires and is not renewed due to the LLW no longer occupying the role that required it, then it is recommended that the parish considers obtaining a basic disclosure for the Enabler.

Enablers are required to keep up to date with safeguarding requirements. This means attending a refresher course for the highest required level of training, which is C2 (leadership). It is the parish’s responsibility to ensure that LLWs are up to date with their safeguarding requirements.


There is no course fee to take part in this training but your time and willingness to be involved in the mission of God.

How do I Apply?

The next course will be running from September 2021 to July 2022.

Join us at one of our Taster events and check out the Reaching New People page for more information: here.

If you have any questions or would like further details, please contact Sue Hughes, Hub Host on or email the administrator at

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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities