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Dreamers Who Do…

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.

Pioneer Training Flyer  – download

Pioneer flyer

The pioneer pathway can operate either as stand-alone training for commissioned ministry or as a prerequisite for Pioneer Reader ministry training.

Safeguarding

In order to receive the letter of permission from the bishop to enable your commissioning, those who successfully complete this course will also be required to complete the online Safeguarding courses C0 and C1 and to email their certificate through to mdtadmin@stalbans.anglican.org. We also recommend that parishes considered a basic disclosure for those on this course.  Information on basic disclosures can be found here: https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/wp-content/uploads/Safeguarding-Newsletter-Dec-18.pdf

Cost

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?

Application forms are now available (link below) and the closing date for all applications is 1st June 2020.

Taster Events will be held on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 7:30pm and Saturday May 23rd 2020 from 10pm to 2pm (both at St Mary’s Church, Luton).

CMS Pioneer Hub Application Form 

The deadline for applications is the 1st June 2020. 

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 shughes@stalbans.anglican.org or email the administrator at pioneer@stalbans.anglican.org.  Although application forms are available, we would recommend that you attend a taster evening or day, on the dates below before completing an application form.

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  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities