Taking pioneer ministry to the next level

Already have a diploma in theology? Want to gain a degree in Pioneer Mission and Ministry? Then our new set of Level 6 modules are for you. Sarah Clarke, undergraduate programme leader, explains why:

I’m really excited about these modules. It feels like these are topics people want to talk about right now.

They will all provide significant resources for your ongoing journey. They’ll all have a missional lens to them, as you would expect at Church Mission Society. So there will be something you can relate to any missional project you’re involved in.

You can sign up to do any of these modules on their own, even if you are not studying for a degree.

Let’s take a look at what’s on offer:

Justice, environment and mission

In this course we’ll be looking at creation care and other social justice issues and how they present in different contexts. What does social action look like in different countries? What does it look like to do it at home?

Creative arts and Christian ministry and mission

I’ll be leading this one, looking at the idea of creativity, the idea of beauty and what does it mean to be creative? What does it mean to explore our faith with these lenses and to express them in missional contexts and reach people we wouldn’t otherwise reach?

It is a subject that can be hard to pin down and say how this is mission or ministry. So this module is a prime example of something people often say about the course, that it gives them a language to express themselves and a theological base for things they may be doing instinctively.

This module will also hopefully have a field trip as an optional extra.

Community development

This will take place in context, in a community: a residential week looking at the practical ways they’ve developed community, how they theologically reflect on what they’re doing, what seasons they’ve gone through. So it will be quite immersive.

For the theory aspect, I’ll be doing a survey of some of the key ways that communities change. We’ll also look at the differences between what Christian communities are doing and what’s happening outside Christian circles with regards to community formation.


The chaplaincy module has already proven really popular. We will be looking at what chaplaincy looks like in different environments. What are some of the key aspects of doing chaplaincy work? And what is considered to be chaplaincy? It can be far more than we would think.

Chaplaincy is not only the more familiar roles in schools, universities, hospitals and prisons. There are people working as chaplains to women working in strip clubs, chaplains to the DJ scene, to town centres and also people doing chaplaincies to new expressions of missional community. That module’s being led by Andrea Campanale, who, as well as being on staff here, is a town centre chaplain in Kingston.

Biblical theology

We are also developing a really interesting biblical theology module looking at how the Bible is spoken out in different contexts. So, how does your culture change the definition and the interpretation of what you see in scripture?

I would say we’ve chosen a really good collection of modules that look at many different aspects of ministry. Even if your specific ministry isn’t say, chaplaincy or community development, these modules will provide plenty to think about in your ongoing journey.

Please do get in touch if you would like to find out more about any of these modules or studying for a degree in pioneer ministry.

8 thoughts on “Taking pioneer ministry to the next level”

    • Hi Helena. Thanks for this – we also received your enquiry via the contact form so someone will be back in touch via email.

  1. This is really interesting. Can you tell me how many modules I would need to do to convert my Diploma (DTPS Regents Park College) to a Degree? Thanks, Helen

    • Hi Helen
      Thanks for your interest. The right person will get back to you by email with the answer!

  2. I have just completed my diploma in theology, mission and ministry by Durham University/Common Awards. What would it cost to go on to make this a degree qualification?

    • Hi Karen – sorry your comment got trapped in a combo of holiday and spam filters – will make sure someone gets back to you on email pronto.

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