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Pioneer ministry course gains official approval

18 January 2012

by Ed Thornton

A NEW pioneer ministry leadership training course run by the Church Mission Society (CMS) has been given the stamp of approval by the Ministry Division of the Archbishops’ Council

CMS announced on Monday that the training course, which is run in partnership with Ripon College, Cuddesdon, had been approved as a “training pathway” for ordained pioneer ministers. “For the first time, candidates for ordained pioneer ministry in the Church of England will be able to train on a course that has been designed entirely for pioneer leaders,” a statement said.

Students on the course attend a day a week, and two residential weeks, with CMS pioneers; they also spend six weekends a year, and two residential weeks, with students on the Oxford ministry course at Cuddesdon who are training for parish ministry.

The national adviser for mission and evangelism, Dr Rachel Jordan, said: “The roots of pioneering ministry are in the missionary movement, and there­fore CMS is uniquely qualified to train Church of England pioneer ordinands for the urgent mission­ary task in the UK.

“CMS pioneer ordinands will benefit from the years of experience in cross-cultural mission that is CMS’s expertise, and the Church of England will gain many well equipped and specifically trained individuals for 21st-century mission.”

The Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Revd Tim Dakin, who is executive director of CMS, said: “Through the training and deploying of pioneers, ordained and lay, CMS will continue to offer prophetic mission in partnership with the wider church, both locally and globally.”

The principal of Ripon College, Canon Professor Martyn Percy, said: “In offering this new training route for pioneer ministers, CMS and Cuddesdon will be able to combine their resources, making this venture one of the most innovative, rich, and ground-breaking courses in the country.”


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