The gems that life is made of – Jane Gray on hosting the Bible in Context course

Jane is studying with us at level 6, having joined us at Year 2 of our diploma course; and kindly offered to host the Bible in Context for us last month HH: Firstly, Jane, can you tell me a bit about yourself as a person, your ministry and work, please? JG: I am a retired …

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Happy Christmas from us – and a Dr Who worship resource from a friend

We’d like to wish everyone who has connected with CMS Pioneers in any way over the last year a very happy Christmas and a hope-filled new year – in spite of the fear and anger dominating the new agenda. Every study day at CMS, one of the students leads worship, and recently James Fox-Robinson led …

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Hats off to Sussex pioneer

Congratulations to CMS Pioneer Emma Moreton on the opening of one of the country’s more unusual hat shops in Battle, East Sussex, last week.

As a lay member of the CMS pioneer community, Emma uses her creative skills to produce tailored outfits for steampunks, goths and the alternative community, building relationships and sparking conversations with people who are unlikely to be in a church.

The Church Mission Society website has the full story.

To coincide we’ve also published a really fascinating interview with Emma and her husband Glyn that they kindly gave us when we had our day on mission with people who are spiritual but not religious in the summer.

Oh, and here are a few more of Emma’s designs below.

Group photo of graduating students and new lay pioneers in front of the Christmas tree

Hearts on fire – Graduation day 2018

Twenty-one pioneering students graduated from CMS Pioneer Mission Leadership Training on Tuesday at the course’s fifth-ever graduation service. Twelve undergraduate and nine graduate or postgraduate certificates diplomas or degrees were handed out – including one to Mark Price, who received his diploma in theology, mission and ministry from Durham University via a transatlantic Skype call …

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I looked in the mirror and saw a different me – Interview with Fiona Mayne

Once an atheist, now a mission pioneer on a new housing development: Fiona Mayne, a first year BA student with CMS Pioneer Mission Leadership Training, and a pioneer ordinand, told me her story. HH: Can I ask when you first realised that God was real? FM: I always thought that the Bible was a collection …

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New ANVIL journal is out now: Pioneer ministry and innovation

The latest issue of ANVIL journal of theology and mission is now available on the Church Mission Society website. The theme is pioneer ministry and innovation, and guest editor Paul Bradbury has drawn together a rich mix of articles coming at the subject from both theoretical and practical angles. Mike Moynagh draws on thinking from …

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Challenged and inspired: celebrating the first cohort of lay pioneers in Chelmsford diocese

On Saturday 13 October the first cohort of students at the St Cedd Centre for Pioneer Mission will receive their certificates as Lay Pioneer Ministers. The St Cedd Centre is a partnership between Church Mission Society and the Diocese of Chelmsford, and is the first pioneer hub away from the CMS base in Oxford. Having …

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