We are happy to be again running the Certificate in Pioneer Ministry course, first delivered last year to rave reviews! The course is a dynamic and significant contribution to reflective practice on Pioneering and Fresh Expression, drawing together key practitioners for encouragement, discussion and learning. Are you one of them?!
The Certificate in Pioneer Ministry is available over two weeks and concentrates on ‘the pioneer and mission’ in the Vocation and Mission week, and on ‘the pioneer and Church’ in the Church and Practice week. These two certificate courses will be helpful to those who are active in pioneer mission and want to learn and reflect with others engaged in similar work. They are a result of collaboration between Methodist Pioneering Pathways, VentureFX and Cliff College, but are open to people of any church tradition or denomination.
The two certificates in pioneer ministry are complementary and students can study each one as a stand-alone course, or study both (either way round), as an introduction and overview of the various opportunities and challenges facing pioneers. Most students in 2016-17 took both teaching weeks, but also several students are taking their second week a year later.
We are delighted to be working alongside The Methodist Church in the delivery of these two certificates:
‘These one-week certificate courses provide a great overview of the issues involved in pioneer mission as well as going deeper into the important aspects. They will be a vital contribution to the formal learning available to pioneers and much of the value will come from the experience of pioneers learning together and from one another’. Revd Ian Bell, Pioneer Ministries Coordinator (VentureFX & Methodist Pioneering Pathways)
‘This is a key area for the church to explore. Given the creativity in new forms of church expression, the shared encouragement of the pioneering storyline, as well as input by key teachers creates a vital learning environment, which we are pleased to host here at Cliff College.’ Ian White, Programme Leader, Short Courses, Cliff College
Here is some of the student feedback from our first year of the two week course:
‘It was perfectly relevant to the life of a Pioneer and I was left feeling affirmed’, ‘Well balanced and organised, with inspirational leadership’, ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and gained a great deal of insight both personally and theologically’, ‘I have had a wonderful inspiring and thought provoking week’, ‘A good rhythm and pace with useful areas covered in a very helpful learning environment’, ‘I was met exactly “where I’m at “ with relevant, balanced content, both practical and stretching’, ‘A feast of usefulness and lots to chew on!’, ‘Felt fed spiritually and intellectually’, ‘Excellent venue which aided learning’.
The course is intended for those, lay or ordained, who are involved in pioneer ministry, working with those beyond the reach of existing forms of church to form new ecclesial communities or fresh expressions of church.
The Certificate in Pioneer Ministry (Vocation and Mission) course week covers issues such as the ongoing vocational discernment, the characteristics and the spirituality of pioneers, and looks at the background of pioneer mission in Scripture and the life of the Church. It also looks in some depth at the distinctive missional values which underpin pioneer ministry and mission, and explores appropriate models of leadership.
The Certificate in Pioneer Ministry (Church and Practice) course week looks in some detail at issues to do with forming new church communities, such as, ‘What do we mean by Church, and how will we recognise a new church when it has been formed?’ and, ‘How can new expressions of church develop well in relation to existing forms of church?’ It also addresses many of the practical matters associated with pioneering such as finance, worship, accountability and oversight, working towards sustainability and succession planning, and explores the challenge of forming disciples of Jesus in a pioneer setting.
A Cliff College Certificate is awarded for attendance on the week long course and the submission of an academic assessment that achieves a pass mark.
Successful students will be invited to the Cliff College Graduation ceremony.
Cliff College Certificate in Pioneer Ministry (Vocation and Mission): Mon 13th – Fri 17th November 2017
Cliff College Certificate in Pioneer Ministry (Church and Practice): Mon 19th – Fri 23rd March 2018
The cost of each teaching week is £395.00, and includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en-suite rooms.
A non refundable deposit of £75 secures your place and is payable on your acceptance of the place offered. The balance should be paid on arrival, or before.
For bookings or more details contact the College: email@example.com 01246 584203