Place, Parish and Pioneers

The world is increasingly global. Yet increasingly local. Global markets and the internet rapidly delocalise so many aspects of everyday life, yet the question of place, rather than going away, seems to become more and more important. People now live somewhere and nowhere, creating fluid webs of relationships that relate to a wide variety of …

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The Role of Local Pioneer Advocates

Local pioneer advocates are ‘key people for the future of the church’ [Dave Male]. This is a significant affirmation for those of us who labour within parochial settings. In undertaking the role of pioneer advocacy, parish priests have a huge part to play in shaping the future of Christian mission.

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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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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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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