Methodist Pioneering Pathways

Supervising a pioneer

Supervising a pioneer can be both a blessing and a challenge! We've just produced this little film with Paul Worsnop, a Superintendent in Nottingham, and Tim Nash a VentureFX pioneer there, in conversation about their experience.  It highlights some good practice and some pitfalls to avoid.


A new video, 'Methodist Pioneering Pathways - turning possibilities into reality,' is now available. There is a full version lasting just over 20 minutes, suitable for discussion in key church, circuit or district groups which are exploring the potential of pioneer ministry, and a short version lasting around 6 minutes.  Both would also aid individuals in their reflection on God's call. As well as offering some insights into pioneering ministry they also explain the development of Methodist Pioneering Pathways within the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network. 

Full Version

To download this video click here - then choose 'download' underneath the video

Download a transcript of the full version of the video, together with some questions for discussion  (Pdf)

Short Version

To download this video click here - then choose 'download' underneath the video

Download a transcript of the short version of the video, together with some questions for discussion  (Pdf)

Download some suggested resources for pioneering ministry and fresh expressions of church (Pdf)



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God's love in Jesus Christ for all people is good news for the world, but the reality is that fewer and fewer people in our communities have any connection with the Christian faith or Church.  Some of them may become disciples through the faithful mission of individual Christians and congregations: some of them probably won't. 

Methodist Pioneering Pathways logoPioneer mission and ministry is a vital approach if we are to make disciples of Jesus among those who currently seem most distant. 

Through its response to Mission Shaped Church (2004), the Fresh Expressions Initiative, VentureFX, the Fruitful Field project, and Fresh Expressions in the Mission of the Church, the Methodist Conference has regularly affirmed the need to identify, train, support and deploy pioneers to engage in this task. 

The VentureFX scheme, with 14 pioneers, has provided a valuable opportunity to gain experience and learn about pioneering in a Methodist context.

The Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network now offers the opportunity to create a pathway for pioneers, and a report proposing how this might happen has been approved by the Ministries Committee and endorsed by the Methodist Council and the Conference.

The vision is to form a team of pioneers across the Connexion who are well equipped and supported in this form of mission, comprising those already engaged in doing this and those who are being called to do so. In the spirit of pioneering the vision will develop and evolve organically over a period of time in the light of experience.

The report, A Pathway for Pioneers in the Methodist Church, can be downloaded here.

With appropriate central support and oversight the pathway will be focused on the 11 learning network regions, starting in September 2015, with pilot schemes taking place in 2 regions (Bristol and the Midlands & North East) during 2014/15.  It is designed to support both lay and ordained pioneers and will consist of 6 major components:

  1. A strategic approach to and overview of pioneering in churches, circuits and districts, with a Fresh Ways hub in every region.
  2. Assisting individuals in the process of discerning a call to pioneering.
  3. Forming communities of practice among practitioner pioneers for whom this is a primary focus of ministry.
  4. Linking each pioneer with a coach who will support them in their formation and ministry.
  5. Opportunity for formal learning using a tailor-made approach for each individual.
  6. Developing a personal portfolio reflecting the pioneers' journey of formation, learning and experience.    

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Called to Pioneer

A booklet entitled, 'Called to Pioneer?' is now available. It introduces the work of pioneering mission, as well as the new Methodist Pioneering Pathways.

It describes the work and ministry of a pioneer within a Methodist context and contains suggestions as to how individuals might test and respond to the call to pioneer.

The booklet is both informative and a resource for reflection and vocational discernment. Although it is designed with a Methodist audience in mind it may have a wider usefulness.

The booklet is available in packs of 10, priced at £2.50 per pack, available from Methodist Publishing:


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