Church Mission Society has a history (and present!) of pioneer leaders in mission who have crossed borders, shared the gospel in new cultures and contexts, planted churches, built schools, catalysed indigenous mission movements, developed leadership training, effected social transformation, changed the world.
The roots of pioneering ministry are in the missionary movement and therefore CMS is uniquely qualified to train Church of England pioneer ordinands for the urgent missionary task in the UK.
– Rachel Jordan, national adviser for mission and evangelism for the Church of England
As a community of the Church of England CMS has been journeying with others in the UK to effect change and help recover a church that is mission hearted and shaped.
The church has now recognised that alongside those leaders with the gift or skill set for being a pastor/teacher the church also needs pioneers.
There is now a designated pathway for ordination – OPM – ordained pioneer minister, for those with this call and gifting. And the Ministry Division of the Church of England invited CMS to become an approved pathway for training pioneers, both lay and ordained.
The report Mission Shaped Church recommended that
“A course, college or other institution with specialist skills in cross-cultural mission should be identified to provide key training modules and facilitate cross-cultural mission experience and learning.”
It seems a perfect fit! CMS mission partners will also be able to opt into some of the modules that fit with their learning plan.
CMS has also been recognised and encouraged by the South Central Region to be a hub for pioneering mission leadership.