What are Pioneer Regions?
In the UK, Pioneer is divided into five key regions, with each region connecting a variety of hub churches and churches:
- North – led by Richard & Judith Anniss
- Midlands – led by Ness Wilson
- East – led by Graham Blake
- London – led by Linda Ward
- South – led by Paul & Paula Weston
Over the past few years there has been the emergence of a number of international regions:
- Australia & New Zealand
- Asia [Sri Lanka/India/Nepal]
We believe that the local church is the primary agent of the Kingdom of God and our vision is to see strong, diverse and healthy churches planted, and existing churches resourced and growing.
Our Regions help to provide support for the leaders of these local churches, as well as offering them opportunities for training and development. The Regions also help to build strong relationships and partnerships among different churches, enabling them to work together more effectively to serve their local communities.
In each Region there are a variety of hub churches and churches, and each Region is overseen by a Regional Leader.
What are the key purposes of Pioneer Regions?
Pioneer Regions serve four main purposes:
1. Connecting leaders
Regions are gathering places for leaders with regular Leaders Days and training events. The Pioneer Regional Leader ensures that each church is connected to a Pioneer Region and has the right amount of support for its growth and development.
2. Serving churches
The development of Ephesians 4 ministries in each Pioneer Region, working together out of relationship, provide support and challenge to leaders and churches within the Region. We encourage a flow of ministry across Pioneer Regions, hub churches and other Pioneer churches.
3. Training and equipping leaders
Our vision is to train and equip leaders who are able to bring effective leadership in both the church and society. We do this in a variety of ways through Pioneer Regions – courses, teaching programmes, conferences, seminars and internships.
4. Developing mission strategy
Each Pioneer Region will develop a mission strategy to serve their particular community or region through a rich diversity of missional activity, evangelistic initiatives, church planting and local community projects. We are not looking to propagate particular models or theories of church and mission, but to nurture its fruit in changed lives and transformed communities through whatever model or means is demanded by each context.