Pioneer School graduation 2019

What is pioneering?

Pioneering is a call from God.

Pioneers are envoys of the good news of Jesus. Often gifted evangelists and innovators, they are called by God to reach those beyond the walls of the church, to seek new opportunities.

Pioneering is reaching new people.

Surveys tell us that 92% of people in the UK don’t regularly attend church on Sundays. Pioneers are called to go beyond the church walls and create communities amongst those who don’t naturally connect with church culture.

Pioneering is creative.

Pioneers learn from their communities, developing ways to engage them in the kingdom. They are entrepreneurial, creating resources and tools to communicate Jesus to those who don’t know him.

Pioneering is often misunderstood.

As Pioneers work with those outside church culture, they can be misunderstood by those inside it. CCX connects Pioneers together for support, training them in the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to launch new church communities where they are most needed.

Pioneering is contextual.

Because Pioneers are called to go outside the usual church culture, the communities they help create are born out of the culture of the wider community they are sent to. This means that communities can appear in a variety of places and amongst any kind of people.

Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pioneering in London

At CCX, our work with Pioneers focuses on London, where we support the work of the Capital Vision 2030 Creative Growth ambition to have 400 new church communities in London by 2030.

We have developed a network of pioneer practitioners, both lay and ordained, who meet in Learning Circles across the diocese. We offer consultation to parishes and churches seeking to explore pioneering, and partner with Church Mission Society to host Pioneer School, a training hub that offers a year-long experience for those who seek to become recognised pioneers in the diocese.

Pioneer School helped me deepen my understanding of what it means to be a pioneer and take the gospel to new places in new ways. It also gave me a supportive and friendly community in which to learn and be encouraged. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about pioneering, whether lay or ordained.

Alex Cama, Pioneer School 2019