Reaching New People
Diocese of St Albans

Why Pioneer Enablers?

The Church of England currently defines “pioneers” as:

“People called by God who are amongst the first to see and respond to the Holy Spirit’s initiatives with those outside the church within a particular context, around which others will gather with them and together establish new Christian communities.”

Pioneer Enablers might work with a Parish, Chaplaincy or Bishop’s Mission Order (BMO) in partnership with clergy and other lay people. Pioneering will be the main focus of their ministry and most of their time will be spent with people outside of the local Church. Pioneer Enablers have a role in enabling others in pioneer mission. We are looking for those explorers and adventurers who want to follow their God-given dreams to reality; those who can see the culture gap between the church  and the local community context and want to bridge it.

Details, Details, Details!

The training will be delivered by recognised Pioneer practitioners and will look at six different areas of Pioneering Mission in the following modules:

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

Each module is a mix of 14 hours of teaching all together and small group sessions.  The training will be delivered  face to face, with the priority of building community, but also via Zoom for some evening sessions to allow easy access.

The 2021/22 course will run from September 2021 – July 2022. Over the entire duration of the course, students will build up a portfolio which will include components for each of the modules. This is designed to be creative and flexible. For this reason all student work will be assessed and feedback given. The portfolio is for the students to keep as a record of their learning and how it is applied to their pioneering context.  Training dates for September 21 – July 22 here

There is no financial cost for the course as we want there to be as few barriers as possible. We will need a reference from the student’s incumbent and a statement of why they feel this course will be important to them in their particular context. Anyone is welcome to apply, regardless of family or work commitments, or educational background.

Questions and Applications

Applications are now open for September 2021 and the closing date for applications is extended to Friday 20th August 2021.

If you’re interested in learning more about the training and the possibility of joining the Autumn 2021 – Summer 2022 course, please contact Sue Hughes  or Julie Cirillo, Administrator at the RNP office or you can email

Pioneer Enabler Application Form 2021/2022

Download Pioneer Enabler Application Form 2021/22

Lay Pioneering Training Dates

Please find below the training dates for the 2021/2022 course.

Induction Day
Saturday 4 September 2021 Induction Day (9.30 – 12.30) Feldon Lodge


Module 1
Saturday 11 September Training Day  (10.00 – 17.00) Astral Park Hall, Leighton Buzzard
Wednesday 22 September Whole Group (19.30 – 21.30)
Wednesday 6 October Training Evening (19.30 – 21.30)
Wednesday 20 October Small Group Evening (19.30 – 21.30)


Module 2
Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 November Residential Training Weekend (Saturday am to Sunday lunch)  Feldon Lodge
Wednesday 17 November Whole Group (19.30 – 21.30)
Wednesday 24 November Training Evening (19.30 – 21.30)
Wednesday 1 December Small Group Evening (19.30 – 21.30)


Module 3
Saturday 8 January 2022 Training Day  (10.00 – 17.00)  Youthscape, Bute Mills, Luton.
Wednesday 19 January Whole Group (19.30 – 21.30)
Wednesday 2 February Training Evening (19.30 – 21.30)
Wednesday 23 February Small Group Evening (19.30 – 21.30)


Module 4
Saturday 5 March Training Day  (10.00 – 17.00)  St Albans Cathedral
Wednesday 16 March Whole Group (19.30 – 21.30)
Wednesday 30 March Training Evening (19.30 – 21.30)
Wednesday 13 April Small Group Evening (19.30 – 21.30)


Module 5
Saturday 23 April Training Day  (10.00 – 17.00)
Wednesday 4 May Whole Group (19.30 – 21.30)
Wednesday 18 May Training Evening (19.30 – 21.30)
Wednesday 25 May Small Group Evening (19.30 – 21.30)


Module 6
Friday 10 – Sunday 12 June Residential Training Weekend (Friday pm to Sunday Lunch
Wednesday 22 June Whole Group (19.30 – 21.30)
Wednesday 6 July Training Evening (19.30 – 21.30)
Wednesday 13 July Small Group Evening (19.30 – 21.30)


Final Celebration
Saturday 16 July Final Celebration


For any questions about this course or to have a discussion, please contact Sue Hughes at the RNP office or you can email

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