I am a pioneer minister in the new build housing developments to the east of Okehampton. It’s exciting because half the 900 houses haven’t been built yet. We have amazing neighbours. I spend a lot of time just getting to know people, largely through a ministry of hospitality. I run a fresh expression of church from our home with different streams meeting different interests or age groups. I’m also getting involved in neighbourhood planning and community development activities, anything that will build a thriving community. Mostly I’m trying to catch onto what God is doing and join in.
I am passionate about connecting with people and serving my community with my God-given talents. Presently, I am using the game of football and my other skills to redefine church in the city of South Shields. I am proud to be a pioneer.
I live in rural Herefordshire and work for Hereford diocese where my role is to encourage churches to develop intergenerational models and practices. In my local church, I lead our Messy Church congregation and also help create opportunities for people in our local community to connect with the wider world. Currently this involves organising opportunities for people to respond to the refugee crisis in Europe – whether by going to Calais or helping to gather and process donations locally. I am married to David and we have three boys aged between nine and 19.
I am a curate in the Kingsthorpe team ministry, which is a large urban parish in Northampton. I have a passion for encouraging people to live out their faith wherever they live, work, study or socialise. Discipleship is one word that we can use for following Jesus in our daily lives. Another term that I am exploring with the help of my studies is 'pioneering settlers'. I feel that God is calling us to go out and get to know the people in our communities, to be Christ-like neighbours and to join in with God who is already at work in our area. Exciting times!
I'm starting this programme at what feels like a turning point in my ministry. I'm a licensed lay minister (aka reader) in the Church of England, having spent the last eight years in a parish alongside (or rather working for!) my wife Gill, who was the rector. We've now moved and, God willing, I'm looking forward to taking up a much more pioneering role in the future.
By God's grace I am part of a pioneering team that founded a Pentecostal church in Oxford 14 years ago. We are currently working on church plant in North Oxfordshire and Swindon/Watchfield. I also lead the chaplaincy team in a custodial environment which gives me opportunity to meet people from over 40 nations daily.
I've been vicar of St Andrew's Kettering for the past 13 years, during which time we've set up and run a Fresh Expression in a pantomime church style for 10 years before re-imagining it over the last two. I took part in a stand-up comedy course during my sabbatical and compere a monthly comedy club at Kettering Arts Centre at St Andrew's church. I'm married to Becky and we have two teenage sons who I enjoy taking to watch Ipswich Town find new and creative ways to fail to get promoted each season.
I'm a lay pioneer minister for the Cosham & Wymering area of Portsmouth, Hampshire. I started the role in March and have just set up three new projects to try to reach local families and those on the fringes of church: a monthly family film club, cafe church and a weekly after school Lego club at the local primary school (great fun!). I hope that these projects will help to develop a bridge between the church and local community and open up other opportunities to engage new people with the Christian faith in new ways. Watch this space!
I am currently a final year curate working in a multi-parish rural benefice. I am working to introduce pioneer ministry within this very traditional parish setting.
When not running around after my four children, I am looking into ways of starting a missional community within the local school to reach the parents of special needs children and the local community of travellers.
I'm an ordinand training with the Church of England. I'm really excited and interested in the meeting of tradition and imagination.
I am a pioneer ordinand with the diocese of Bath and Wells. My husband, Dean, and our two teenage sons are based in Ilminster, a rural town in south Somerset. We are part of the minster church and currently my role provides a great opportunity to explore what being Church in the community looks like to children and families who would not normally attend church. So far this has involved creating two community spaces: Munch - a cafe style gathering, and Saturday Supper, which offers a time of food and friendship as we explore and journey towards Christ together. I am dreaming big and hope that during my time at CMS I will be able to work on a vision that God has given for the town in the shape of a community hub that offers a children’s soft play centre among other things! Watch this space.
After spending 10 years in business, I am now exploring how business and mission can go hand in hand. I have a vision for a social enterprise that promotes individual and community wellbeing, and provides a space within a deprived residential area for engagement with the arts. I am currently based in Derby where my husband is pioneer curate at St Peter's in the City. I am mummy to an amazing five year old girl called Annie and also work part time for a homeless charity.
I'm a Church of England team vicar in Telford, Shropshire. I am currently developing my community role in applying an asset based community development approach to my practice in an urban estate community. I work in partnership with a variety of community leaders and residents under the Big Local Trust mission, "to enable residents to make their own community a better place to live". In collaboration we have been able to develop a number of projects which include social enterprise initiatives and fun community events where developing relationships has been at the heart at all we that we do and are aspiring to be.
A lot of the work I am currently involved in centres around my two great passions; musical worship and collaboration. I'm working closely with a neighbouring parish to enable them to develop a music team for their own church worship, involving musicians from four parishes, creating a sort of hybrid team, working together in support of each other, sometimes in church but more often not. As worship leader in my own parish, developing an 'all kids' service, where the kids take ownership of their very own service: leading, preaching, music, sound desk, the whole shebang! Something they can ask their friends to. The plan is to enable the kids to lead this both within and outside our local community as time goes on. Musical plans then involve the hybrid band going into pubs, clubs, anywhere that needs to know about Jesus.
I have recently moved from the West Midlands, where I was involved in lots of aspects of Fresh Expressions and things like holiday clubs, Messy Church and community work with older people. Now living in Worcestershire. I was recruited onto the course by a pioneer. I am already involved in work set up by this pioneer and have vision for new work with older people, families and immigrants.
I'm a youth worker based in south Oxford. My role spans across two churches and two diverse communities and I engage with and encourage young people to reimagine church, along with their own role in their communities.
I am associate minister at St Peter’s in the City, Derby. We are a small community in the heart of the business and retail district of the city, facing the realities of homelessness, poverty and addiction on our doorstep on a daily basis, and wanting to find new ways to reach out with God’s transforming love and fullness of life in that context. So far that has included setting up chaplaincy to reach out to people in the workplace, starting a Business Innovation Centre to support entrepreneurs setting up in business, and a hospitality project for refugees and asylum seekers - but we continue to ask the question, where is God leading us in the future? I’m looking forward to learning and reflecting on that questions with others on the pioneer course over the next three years!
I live in Nottingham on a huge housing estate with my husband Mark and my three children. I am a licensed reader and enjoy all aspects of ministry. I have a keen interest for community and how, with the church, we do God's mission together. I run a support group for parents who have children with additional needs and feel very passionate about empowering parents to take confident steps into unknown territories.
I live, work and pioneer in my spare time in Leominster in rural Herefordshire. I’m doing this course as part of answering a call to do more, better. I don’t know what that looks like yet, but I’m looking forward to the journey.
I am a youth and community worker for a parish church in Bedford. I am here to explore more deeply what it is to be a pioneer to help me engage more intentionally with my community.
I am an ordained Anglican minister leading a small and eclectic group of folks who are working towards starting a church plant in a new housing development in Bordon, Hampshire. I am passionate about the idea of the local church being the ‘hope of the world’ and finding fresh, apt and creative ways to be that sort of growing, lively church in the 21st century. After my wonderful family my greatest loves in life are acting, playing music, growing a nice bushy beard and extending my tattoo collection.
I am a lay preacher at Christ-Citadel International Church, Nottingham. I am a teacher by calling. God has specifically called me to prepare the church for the second coming of Jesus Christ through preaching and teaching on holiness. Apart from teaching in church I also serve as an assistant administrator. My main responsibility is to make sure that church accounts are in order.
I have been leading a youth project in Leicestershire for three years, developing a fresh expression of church. I am now training as an ordained pioneer and creating a new wellness community.
I have been living in Southall, West London, for the last eight years, setting up and leading an intentional missional community on a council estate. We have established a community garden and a lively weekly drop-in for our neighbours, as well as supporting missional activities such as Messy Church, at our local Anglican parish church. I am now studying as a pioneer ordinand and I am excited to be able to continue joining God's work among those at the margins in our thriving multi-cultural, multi-faith neighbourhood.
I’ve just arrived on a new housing development in Aldershot, called Wellesley. We’re expecting nearly 4,000 homes to built over the next 10 years, as well as two primary schools and community buildings. Most of the people who will live here have not moved in yet! So supported by Churches Together and the Anglican and Methodist church in particular, it’s a great opportunity to start a Jesus-centred community from grassroots. It’s too soon to say what it may look like.
My wife and I recently moved onto a new(ish) housing estate in Salisbury. We're part of a small missional community who want to see the good news of Jesus Christ communicated creatively and demonstrated tangibly in our local area. I'm excited to be studying at CMS and hoping it will help us join in with all that God is doing among us in our community.