What is a pioneer minister?

A pioneer minister (according to the Church of England) is someone who is recognised to go beyond the existing Christian communities and aims to create new communities: fresh expressions of church.

Ordained pioneer ministers are selected and trained in similar ways to every ordained minister in the Church of England but focus their gifts and passion in this area.

Pioneer ministers can be recognised and trained nationally through Church Army, CMS, or by a diocese within different schemes or within their local parish.

The terms are gradually being adopted within the Methodist Church and policy is evolving around practice.

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