Seemingly Seamless! CMS Oxford Pioneer Open day May 2021

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Find out more about CMS Pioneer Mission Leadership Training at our upcoming open days in May and June.

Our students are still studying via Zoom (and have been since last spring). And we very much hope to be back in our building and teaching face to face, as well as continuing to provide zoom facilities for people still shielding, as soon as we can.

At our very enjoyable graduation service last December (via zoom), our friend, and renowned theologian, Steve Bevans, said this to our students who were graduating:

“I think you have been participating in one of the most interesting and creative programmes of theological education in the world and I hope you are proud of what you have achieved.”

So, the question on many lips may now be, how can I be part of one of the most interesting and creative programmes of theological education in the world?

The answer is simple, join us for an open day and find out more about what we offer, could we be the place for you to study and explore your future? We are pleased to invite you to one of our virtual open days via Zoom. Either on Mon 10 May from 1pm to 2.30pm, or the final zoom open day for this academic year on Mon 21 June. Timing will be available on request.

At our open days via zoom you know we cannot offer you coffee and sandwiches – but we can share the pioneering vision, which we have been doing since we started teaching on the Pioneer Mission Leadership Training programme over a decade ago.

We want to begin a dialogue with you, so please ask us whatever you like and establish contact. Book onto whichever date suits you and we will send out information, including directing you to some inspiring short video clips from our students.

We offer the chance to chat, share stories and listen to others on their journeys. Breakout rooms enable the opportunity to connect with others; and members of the CMS Pioneer team are available at the open day, via email and by phone to assist you.

Many of our students say  studying with us is like coming home, that it feels like family etc, and we love to hear that.

Perhaps it’s helpful to have a student perspective on study at CMS. We are one year into the national pandemic and the lockdown hit us all during our spring term last year.

One of our student reps from the second year MA Cohort said this at a recent meeting:

“A very big thank you to the staff, both academic and administrative, for being so very organised and seemingly seamless during the pandemic and the transition from college to online learning; for their concern and care for us when often we felt like we were falling apart and not with it at all. (The M.A. group!) They just carried on, even though it must have been just as hard for them all with their own concerns and challenges, and got us through our courses and assignments. We are very grateful indeed for their immense time and effort on our behalf.”

So now you have a taste, I hope, of what it’s like studying with us, but what exactly could you be studying! Our awards, in Theology, Ministry and Mission, are accredited by Durham University. You can join us for a one year Certificate or PG Certificate; a two year Diploma or PG Diploma; or the full BA or MA. There is flexibility to take longer on all of our awards. We end have a DTh option, so do ask for more details if this might apply to you.

We have a lot of experience in training pioneer, to use their gifts, especially the gift of not fitting in.

We train ordinands in the Church of England, and work through a partnership with Ripon College Cuddesdon. If you are on that journey, you may like to explore this with us (even if you are not a designated pioneer, you could train with us).

So, do join us for an open day, or email for more information. You can be a big or small part of what we are doing in the coming year, and we could be a big or small part of your journey. Whatever you are doing right now, whatever you are exploring, make contact and see if we may be the kind of place for you.

We’ll try and accommodate everyone we can but we do need bookings in advance, please.

Email pioneer@churchmissionsociety.org

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