Pioneer Ministry

Useful websites

Fresh Expressions Website, http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk This website is brimming with lots of stories, ideas and resources. A good place to start to find more resources and information. This website also has specific information about pioneer ministry https://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/pioneerministry

The Guide, http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/guide The Guide contains how-to-do-it advice on starting, developing and sustaining fresh expressions of church based on shared experiences. All the material is based on listening to hundreds of different stories on how fresh expressions begin and are sustained.

Three Minute Guides, http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/guide/essential Seven three minute downloadable guides on starting fresh expressions

New Way of Being Church, http://www.newway.org.uk/aboutus/ supports small communities, embracing a diverse group of people whose gifts and calling are directed to the well-being of our local communities.

Urban Expressions, http://www.urbanexpression.org.uk/ Urban Expression is a mission agency that recruits, equips, deploys and networks self-financing teams, pioneering creative and relevant expressions of the Christian church in under-churched areas of the inner city.

Café Church, http://www.cafechurch.net provides training and advice for those hoping to set up a café church

Messy Church, http://www.messychurch.org.uk/ It is a way of being church for families involving fun which helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

Rural expression, http://www.ruralexpression.org.uk/drupal/ Rural Expression is a mission initiative that recruits, equips, deploys and networks self-financing teams, pioneering, creative and relevant expressions of the Christian church among under-churched groups and communities in rural areas.

Church Army Centres of Mission, http://www.churcharmy.org.uk/Groups/233846/Church_Army/Church_Army/Our_work/Centres_of_Mission/Centres_of_Mission.aspx Developing new communities in specific areas in the UK.

Methodist Church Fresh Expressions, http://www.methodist.org.uk/mission/fresh-expressions

How to finance a fresh expression, http://www.parishresources.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/FG15_Funding_Fresh_Expressions.pdf A very helpful basic guide on finance.

Church Army Research Unit, http://www.churcharmy.org.uk/Groups/244926/Church_Army/Church_Army/Our_work/Research/Research.aspx Research on what is happening with and in fresh expressions of church, mainly in the Church of England.

Training Resources

Mission Shaped Ministry, http://www.missionshapedministry.org MSM is an excellent one-year course which takes people on a learning journey as part of a supportive community, training them for ministry in fresh expressions of church. Usually the course consists of three Saturday, eight evenings and a weekend but there are more flexible ways of using the material.

Mission shaped intro, http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/ms MSI helps people to reconnect with the communities they are called to serve and to re-imagine the forms of church that are needed for the 21st century. It takes you on a creative and reflective journey looking at the need for new ways of being church through six downloadable sessions.

Resource Training, weekend training events https://pioneer.cms-uk.org/pioneer-mission-leadership-training-course/resource-mission-weekends/ It is a series of immersive mission experience weekends through which you meet people who are doing mission, hang out with their communities, hear their stories and then think about what we can learn for our own situations

Crucible Training Course, http://www.urbanexpression.org.uk/training/crucible-course Crucible, consists of three intensive training weekends each year to equip Christians to follow Jesus on the margins by creating new communities.

CMS Pioneer Training, https://pioneer.cms-uk.org/pioneer-mission-leadership-training-course/course-details/ This is a modular course which means it is very flexible.

Pioneer School http://www.centreforpioneerlearning.org.uk/index.php/pioneer-school.php Pioneer School is a course specifically designed for those leading new communities. It is held on 6 Saturdays over a period of about 8 months. Each day is structured with input and discussion in the morning followed by small, peer-led groups in the afternoon.

Mentoring training, https://www.cpas.org.uk/church-resources/mentoring-matters/#.Vx9C7032bIU An easy-to-use pack with everything you need to start a church-based mentoring network: identifying, equipping and resourcing mentors.

Mentor Connect, https://www.mentorconnect.org.uk/find-a-mentor Helps leaders to find a mentor.

Ugly Duckling Company, http://www.theuglyducklingcompany.com/ A number of excellent resources that attempt to create spaces for people to explore some of the big and not-so-big questions of life. A great source for developing spiritual conversations.