More and more people are responding to a call and being trained and authorised for pioneer ministry. Those engaging in this distinctive ministry benefit hugely from the support of others. Ongoing learning happens best through opportunities for shared experience and reflection. As the ministry grows and develops the wealth of good practice and learning generated needs to be shared widely so that the whole church can learn and adapt.
For these reasons CMS hosts the South Central Regional Training Partnership (SCRTP) Pioneer Hub as a resource to foster support, networking, training and advocacy for pioneer ministers in the south of England. The SCRTP is a partnership between 6 Dioceses (Bath & Wells, Guildford, Oxford, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Winchester), the Southampton Methodist District and the URC Wessex Synod), formed to enable closer working in the area of ministerial training. Since 2011 the SCRTP in collaboration with CMS has enabled a support role for pioneer ministry which has contributed significantly in the growth of pioneer ministry in the region.
The main areas of work the hub engages in are:
- networking and supporting pioneers: there is a very active Facebook group which facilitates information sharing and discussion. The hub also helps facilitate the development of supportive networks in different parts of the region and around specific areas of ministry.
- learning and training: the hub distributes a termly email with a summary of training courses, conferences and other gatherings for pioneers in the region. It also facilitates training opportunities in certain specific areas e.g. pioneer curates, pioneer training ministers.
- engagement and advocacy: the hub aims to gather and communicate good practice and key learnings from the ministry of pioneers across the region. This involves articles on the CMS Pioneer blog and other channels. It also organises strategic gatherings of pioneers and other strategic leaders to promote greater understanding and to create space for the further development of this ministry.
The SCRTP Pioneer Hub is coordinated by Paul Bradbury: email@example.com