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Pioneer ministry involves developing Fresh Expressions of Church for the 95% of people who are not a regular part of a local church.

Pioneers are people called by God who are the first to see and creatively respond to the Holy Spirit’s initiatives with those outside the church; gathering others around them as they seek to establish new contextual Christian community. They combine the ability to see a new future with the skills and gifts to make the future accessible now.

Becoming a Pioneer Minister

For those considering or wishing to become a Pioneer Minister we run the Mission Shaped Ministry Course (MSM). There is also a discernment process, which you can read more about in our Pioneer Ministers leaflet.

My ministry is to pioneer and shape new relationships with the unchurched in the community with a hope to make church relevant to them.

We do different things to connect to the community and we do this out of love – we love because Jesus loves.  We go to where the community are, for example joining an existing community cooking group which was running in the community centre, hosting cooking lessons and using this time to get to know the people there.  We build these relationships overtime and invite them to explore faith.

  by Diano Grano

For more information

You can find out more about Pioneering by reading our Pioneer Ministers leaflet or on Fresh Expressions in Suffolk.

For general enquiries about new Pioneers or their initial or ongoing training, please contact Lesley Steed, Mission and Ministry Team Senior Administrator on or by phoning 01473 298510.

Regarding discernment please contact Sally Gaze, Leader of the Lightwave Community and Archdeacon for Rural Mission on or by phoning 07446 933129. Or alternatively, contact the Revd Canon Dave Gardner, Director of Mission and Minisitry on or by phoning 01473 298521

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