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VentureFX Pioneers talk about their experience of pioneer ministry


We believe that the good news of God's love in Jesus is for all people, not just for those who are already part of the Church.  However, the culture in which we live is changing so rapidly that sometimes it can feel as though there is an increasing gap between existing forms of church and the majority of people in the UK today, particularly those under 40, who don't have any church connection.  But the reality is that many of them are spiritually open and are willing to explore a Christianity that engages seriously with their context.

VentureFX is part of the way the Methodist Church is trying to respond to this.  Rather than beginning with church, VentureFX pioneers begin with communities of people.  As they explore what it means to be disciples of Jesus there, new and relevant form of Christian community are beginning to emerge.  They are based on pursuing a radical and authentic lifestyle based on the teaching of Jesus, but they are marked by a re-imagination of what church might need to look like for them.

There are 13 VentureFX locations around the UK where pioneer mission leaders are working with others to explore Christian discipleship and form new Christian communities where faith can be explored and lived out. 

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The VentureFX pioneers form a network that has a Rhythm of Life at its heart.

There are VentureFX pioneers based in circuits in Edinburgh, Inverness, Colwyn Bay, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Dartford, South London, and Exeter, and in the Sheffield, Chester and Stoke-on-Trent, Plymouth and Exeter, and Cornwall districts. Pioneers are from a variety of backgrounds, lay and ordained, women and men.

It was originally hoped that there would be 20 VentureFX locations but, in the light of the cost of funding them, it has been decided to keep the number as it is.  However it is hoped that the scheme will be able to share with others what is being learned, and support others around the Methodist Church who are doing, or who would like to do, similar pioneer mission.

The links below will take you to some resources that you might find helpful:

Journeying Out

VFX Journeying Out icon 1Could it be me?
(For those exploring a call to pioneer ministry)

VFX Journeying Out icon 2Could it be here?
(For circuit or districts thinking of starting a pioneer project)

VFX Journeying Out icon 3How are we doing?
(Resources for gauging the health of a pioneer project)

VFX Journeying Out icon 4Managing well?
(Resources for those who manage or oversee a pioneer project)


VFX Ian BellThe scheme is co-ordinated by Rev Ian Bell who can be contacted at:

Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5JR
Tel: 0207 467 5193

Ian says:

'Sharing the good news of Jesus in ways that make sense to all involved is an important part of the calling of the Methodist Church, and VentureFX is a great investment by the church in mission for today's world.  However, all of us need to find pioneering ways to share our faith with those who aren't currently part of church life.  I hope that VentureFX will inspire many others in circuits and districts all over the country to do something similar'.

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The scheme was independently reviewed in the autumn of 2011 and the report ofthat review can be read here:

VentureFX review, January 2012




Click on any of the pictures below to read about some of the VentureFX pioneers.

Henry Cavender
Henry Cavender
Lou Davis
Lou Davis
Kris Lannen
Kris Lannen
Gavin Mart
Gavin Mart
Tim Nash
Tim Nash
Dave Saunders
Dave Saunders
Bart Woodhouse
Bart Woodhouse
Jon Curtis
Jon Curtis
Simon Oliver
Simon Oliver
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The Ministries Committee, Methodist Council, and now Methodist Conference have approved the development of a pathway for pioneers. Read more

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VentureFX works with a number of other organisations to arrange an annual conference for pioneers. 

This year's gathering at will be held in September. Read more.

Visit the VentureFX pioneers' website for information about them and their projects

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VentureFX is holding regular learning and support days for those involved in pioneering and fresh expressions work. 

Cambridge: Cottenham
Birmingham: The Queen's Foundation
Manchester: Nexus Art Cafe
Newcastle: The Holy Biscuit
Exeter: The Cavern 

More details available at the VentureFX website If you think this might be of value to you, you'd be most welcome - just email the contact person for the relevant venue.