PIONEER PATHWAY is a Church Leadership Development Pathway that has been developed to create a very clear route to raise and release leaders who are called by God to lead church. This includes men and women of all backgrounds who are called to church leadership as their ‘primary life-work’ and others outworking that calling whilst in other employment.
The PATHWAY runs over three years. It consists of a two year training programme and a third probationary year. The programme involves being part of a Community of Practice (cohort) that meets over ten days each year plus mentoring, signposted training and practical hands-on involvement in the local church. The process is not purely based on gaining a theological training or the completion of a number of tasks but rather an appropriate preparation for the role to which the individuals are called by instilling them with theological foundations, spiritual formation and personal health.
The PATHWAY Community of Practice element seeks to celebrate and reinforce the vision, values and ethos of the PIONEER Network by exploring our four distinctive values of being missional, relational, charismatic and kingdom. Additionally, time will be spent on Personal Development and Church Development.
Joining the programme
The first stage will be for local leaders to identify and recommend potential candidates to Pioneer’s Leadership Development Director. Nominated candidates will then be sent an application form and a request for references. Once completed a meeting with a Spiritual Director (an objective outside advisor) will be arranged to affirm their sense of calling to church leadership.
Finally, an assessment meeting will be arranged for all candidates who have the recommendation of their local leadership and have confirmed their sense of calling through their sessions with their Spiritual Director.
Course Fees - the cost is £80 per month over three years and includes a non-refundable deposit of £100 on application to cover administration costs. The fees do not include living costs, additional courses, conferences or UK travel.
Ministry Opportunity – each student will be expected to serve in an environment in which they can put into practice what they are learning in the training and also grow in their unique gift and calling.
Mentoring – each student will be assigned a mentor, who they will meet with at least three times each year, to strengthen their learning experience and personal development.
Location of Training – this will be in various locations but we plan to run most of the training in Southampton – at Central Hall, St Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1NF.
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