Does a dog collar help or hinder mission?

Rev Andy Mason is a pioneer minister currently based in Poole who worked until recently in Kingswood, Bristol. He is also currently doing an MA at CMS. Here Andy reflects on an issue facing many people ordained and invited (or required) to wear a clerical collar. In our post-Christian/post-Christendom/post-modern culture does the collar enable mission …

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Do we still want to ‘plant’ churches?

A few months ago we published the pioneer spectrum to try and help identify the kinds of pioneer vocations people are describing and expressing and relate these to mission and church planting. It seems to have proved really helpful for people;  pioneers, vocations advisers and many others. Inevitably it also generated some debate in response. There …

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Pioneer mission is…a spectrum

As pioneer ministry continues to grow and develop as a movement in the secular west we are learning more and more about the sort of pioneer ministries that God is gifting and calling people to do. If we are shaped by a missio Dei approach to mission, whereby our missional imagination and action are primarily informed by …

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Size matters – resource churches and pioneer ministry

In the desire for church renewal and a reversal of decline, much attention is being given to churches which are big. In the field of church planting there seems to be a disproportionate amount of interest and publicity given to those new churches which grow quickly to a significant size. The so-called ‘resource churches’ have …

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Pioneer Forum on Ordained Pioneer Ministry

A couple of weeks ago a number of pioneers, pioneer enablers, vocations advisers and training ministers gathered in Salisbury to have a conversation about ordained pioneer ministry. Since starting as CMS Pioneer Hub Coordinator I’ve picked up a number of issues that pioneers are coming up against, particularly as they seek to explore their calling …

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Being a (Pioneer) Priest Today

As an ordained pioneer minister I sometimes get referred to as a ‘pioneer priest’. I always find this a confusing term.  I mean, yes, I am a ‘priest’ in the Church of England. As ‘vicar’ of our fresh expression of church I have conducted a couple of weddings, carried out a number of baptisms and …

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Prophet to pioneers – review of Stepping into Grace

My book, Stepping into Grace, is a series of reflections on the book of Jonah and on the experience of pioneer ministry. It explored themes of ambition, vocation, mission spirituality, leadership and discernment. Phil Potter generously described it as ‘a must-read for aspiring pioneers’. Bishop of Oxford, Steven Croft, has recently reviewed Stepping into Grace for …

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5 Issues Facing Pioneers Today

I’m just beginning to get my head round my new role as the RTP hub coordinator, trying to help pioneers and pioneering across the south of England. One of things I think the role can help with is generating helpful information and opinion on the experience of pioneers in the church at present. As an …

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