Training and courses provided by other agencies and institutions which may be relevant to those leading or wanting to start a fresh expression of church.
General training | Ordained pioneer ministry | Postgraduate
mission shaped ministry
The mission shaped ministry course is a one-year, part-time course which takes you on a learning journey as part of a supportive community, training you for ministry in fresh expressions of church. Find out more about msm.
Pioneer School/Foundation Degree in Pioneer Ministry (Centre for Pioneer Learning)
A unique school for pioneers in ministry, organised by the Centre for Pioneer Learning and the Cambridge Centre for Youth Ministry.
Pioneer School is designed for pioneers who want both input and support for their ministries and takes place over six saturdays at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, each one resourcing and supporting you in your ministry.
Due to the character of the School, it is not possible to sign up for single sessions; you need to commit yourself to the whole process.
You can also apply for the Foundation Degree in Pioneer Ministry, available as a one-year certificate or two-year course: 16 days of teaching in Cambridge (fortnightly during term time), reflection with fellow pioneers and application in your own context.
For more information or to book for the Pioneer School, please visit the Centre for Pioneer Learning website or download the flier at the foot of the page.
For more information or to book for the Foundation Degree in Pioneer Ministry, please visit the Centre for Pioneer Learning website.
Pioneer Mission Leadership Training (CMS)
CMS have trained leaders in cross-cultural mission for years and pioneering is one of their core values. So it was no surprise when the church knocked on their door to ask if they could help design training for pioneers in mission in the UK.
There are a number of ways you can engage with training with CMS:
- by choosing individual modules tailored to your needs - for example mission entrepreneurship or cross cultural skills;
- by doing a certificate in pioneer ministry;
- by doing a foundation degree in pioneer ministry;
- by doing an MA.
All the training is 'on the job', so you remain in a pioneering context and train as you pioneer, and only for people pioneering in mission - so you get to be with like-minded people which makes for a brilliant learning community.
The course leader is Jonny Baker and the team all have experience in pioneering mission.
Visit the Pioneer Mission Leadership Training website for more details
Resource offers training weekends each year for people who are living out the call to pioneer new forms of mission. Each weekend is immersed in a different context and explores a particular edge in mission with a focus on meeting and hearing the story of local missional communities.
Visit the ReSource website for more information.
Training for Learning and Serving - TLS (URC)
Through a combination of online study material, local fortnightly study groups, and three residential weekends each year, registered students explore contextual theology related to their own chosen area of service, which could include leading a fresh expression of church.
In addition to the optional two year Foundation, there are six one-year courses offered through TLS on worship, pastoral care, prayer, evangelism, community development work, and interfaith relationships respectively. All courses are designed for ecumenical use and can be tackled at three levels – faith development, church-accreditation, and university credit.
The closing date for registration is Friday 31 May for the academic year beginning in September.
Messy Church training (BRF)
BRF provides a wide range of training for those wanting to start and develop Messy Churches, or those wanting to take their Messy church further - from introduction evenings and training days, to discipleship days, training for young leaders and weekends away.
Check out the flier at the foot of the page for details.
B.Th (Hons) Mission (Springdale College - Together in Mission)
Learn about mission while engaging in mission.
The B.Th course provides practical, affordable and flexible apprenticeship style training for those currently in lay leadership or emerging church leaders. Created by practitioners with hands-on experience of mission in the western world, the course aims to enable students to transform their thinking, their lives and the ways of being church.
For further information, please visit the Springdale College (Together in Mission) website.
Growing Leaders Course (CPAS)
This course is availabe as a pack of material, with a training day for those who want to run it in their local situation. For further information visit the Growing Leaders page of the CPAS website.
Crucible (Urban Expression/Salvation Army)
Crucible is for Christians with courage and imagination, who suspect:
- We need to operate as cross-cultural missionaries because we live in a cross-cultural mission context.
- We need to think creatively about incarnating the gospel and planting new kinds of churches in emerging and diverse cultures.
- We need to recover the biblical vision of shalom and reflect on how we live as followers of Jesus in light of this all-embracing vision.
We need to pay particular attention to the margins, because we serve the God who frequently does new things there:
- On the margins of society among the poor and disenfranchised.
- At the margins of culture, where creative thinking explores new possibilities.
- On the margins of the familiar, the spaces all around us, neglected or ignored, but full of potential.
For more details, please visit the Crucible website.
In-service study weeks/four-week study units (St John's College, Nottingham)
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