This autumn’s Pioneer School graduation ceremony was a particularly special occasion, being the first time the cohort had ever met in person; due to Covid restrictions, Pioneer School was delivered entirely online for this group.
The theme of the evening was ‘Through a Glass Darkly’. With a mirror suspended in the air above the nave at St Edmund the King church, Bishop Ric Thorpe and Jonny Baker, Head of Mission Education for the Church Missionary Society (CMS) both spoke about the vision for supporting pioneers to develop new communities.
And Revd Phil Hoyle, Pioneer Enabler for CCX in London, spoke from 1 Corinthians 13 on the Pioneer practices of both observing and loving our communities.
Pioneer School is a partnership between the London diocese and CMS, giving pioneers the skills, knowledge and understanding to launch and lead pioneer ministries in the diocese. The highlight of the night according to Phil, was hearing from the cohort about the pioneering they are doing and the effect that their ministry is having in their communities:
“Pioneer school opened my eyes, changed my lens and led me to think with the creativity of God to work with His people.” Aleka,
“My experience at the Pioneer School gave me a lens to understand and a language to articulate the contribution I have been gifted to add to God’s mission in my overlapping contexts. Engaging with the modules and the ‘evidence of learning’ activities have, no doubt, equipped me for greater influence and impact in God’s multicultural and transgenerational Kingdom.” Joseph
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