Certificate in Pioneer Ministry

We are happy to be again running the Certificate in Pioneer Ministry course, now into its third year of delivery! 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 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.

We are delighted to be working alongside The Methodist Church in the delivery of this certificate course.

‘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 the Certificate in Pioneer ministry 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’.

Course Details

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  course covers issues such as 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.

The course examines 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 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: Mon 11th – Fri 15th March 2019

The cost of the teaching week is £425.00, 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: shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk    01246 584203

Cliff College is a registered charity: No. 529386

Call: +44 (0) 1246 584200


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