On 8 February in Penrith we are running the first taster day for the new Certificate in Pioneer Mission starting in September.
It’s shaping up to be a great event with Andrea Campanale joining us from CMS.
As we pull the day together one activity we will use is based on those old films where people smuggle a file into a prison hidden in a book. So instead of cannibalising a book and cutting out a file shape, we cut a shape for a book within a book. I often find it helpful to remember pioneering isn’t anything new we are part of an ongoing story. Pioneering is part of the history of the church, we might be using new language to describe people going to new places (practically and theologically) but this has always been part of call to be a disciple.
If you want to find out what else we are doing with the book, you will have to come along to the taster day.
This year there is another new chapter of the story that’s unfolding in Cumbria. Following the success of the strategic development bid just before Christmas, we are into the recruitment process and seeking new pioneers who can both grow new stuff and help the wider church to develop missionally.
The first of these posts has just gone live and we are looking for a pioneer in Outdoors and Education, building on the work started by Mountain pilgrims. If you know anyone interested, pass on the link.