St Albans lay pioneer training hub

Church Mission Society and St Albans Diocese have joined forces to launch a new regional hub to train lay people from the diocese in pioneering mission, from January 2021. 

The new St Albans hub will become the sixth pioneer leadership training hub in a network that also includes hubs in the Dioceses of Carlisle, Bath and Wells, London, Chelmsford and Oxford.

The new training will lead to the nationally recognised CMS Certificate in Pioneer Mission and is for people looking to develop both their understanding and practice of pioneering mission. Study will be based around six modules, namely: pioneering mission, reading the Bible in context, doing theology, mission spirituality, transforming communities and mission and church.

St Albans Diocese is passionate about people and communities being impacted and transformed by the love of God. Those who complete the course will be equipped for lay pioneer ministry and mission, and building church on the fringes. Through theological study and reflective practice they will be equipped to apply their learning to their own contexts in new and different ways, that will certainly involve the transformation of their localities and the formation of new worshipping communities.

Tim Lomax, Director of Mission, says of the development: “At St Albans we are looking to formally recognise and resource pioneers. One goal is to broaden the range of people in ministry, who can reach new people across the Diocese, as well as those who have a dream or idea to take the gospel outside the current reach of church and don’t know how to begin.”

Andrea Campanale, Pioneer Network Developer at Church Mission Society, says: “CMS is delighted to be partnering with the Diocese of St Albans on a new initiative to train lay pioneers. It will add to the growing network of pioneer hubs around the UK, encouraging and releasing lay leaders in the church to imaginatively take the message of Jesus to new audiences and see Fresh Expressions of church birthed out of diverse contexts.”

[A wide variety of participants is sought, but those who are accepted on the course will need the backing of their Vicar or Rector].

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