Our church leadership training includes two elements: CORE (for all leaders) and PATHWAY (for those called to church leadership as a vocation).


Pioneer CORE training is designed to equip all those with leadership responsibility from Pioneer churches around our core values.

There are four modules that run over a Friday and Saturday twice a year.


  • Missional Church
  • Charismatic Church
  • Relational Church
  • Kingdom-orientated Church

The cost of CORE training is £50 per module.

Dates for the next module are: November 29th – 30th, 2019.


The Pioneer Church Leadership PATHWAY programme creates a clear route to raise and release leaders called by God to lead church. This includes those who see church leadership as their ‘primary life-work’ and others who will outwork that calling to lead church whilst in other employment.

PATHWAY takes place over a two-year period and consists of eight ‘Learning Days’ a year plus monthly ‘Skype’ group sessions. The Learning Community includes mentoring, signposted theological training and practical hands-on involvement in the local church. The course is not just about gaining theological training but rather equipping and inspiring church leadership with Pioneer’s distinctive set of values and culture.

Joining the programme

We want to create a culture across Pioneer where ‘leaders develop leaders’. The first stage is for a local leader to explore with a potential candidate his or her sense of calling to church leadership. Once there is a sense of agreement, the local leader will ‘nominate’ the candidate to Pioneer’s Leadership Pathway Director to enter a discernment process. The candidate will complete an application form, arrange references and meet with a Trusted Spiritual Advisor (someone they respect who is external to the local church) to discern their call to church leadership.


The primary purpose of PATHWAY is to help individuals discern God’s will for their lives and equip them to be effective leaders in the church. The Leadership Pathway Director will convene an assessment meeting for all candidates who have the recommendation of their local leadership and have confirmed their sense of calling through the sessions with their Trusted Spiritual Advisor. Every student will be assigned a mentor to guide him or her through the programme, process the learning, and help with the discernment process.

Training Focus

The training focus is on developing leadership competencies under five modules:

  • Missional Leadership
  • Supernatural Leadership
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Authentic Leadership.

In addition, all students complete the Pioneer CORE programme that covers our key values and distinctives as a network. Over the two years, each student will produce a ‘portfolio of learning’, which forms the basis for ongoing learning.

Formal Theological Training

In order to fully equip each student in an understanding of the Scriptures, to the equivalent of a diploma level, we will signpost a number of recognised theological training programmes. These include: Westminster Theological Centre, ForMission and United School of Ministry Manchester (USMM). Previous training will be taken into account.

Course Fees

The cost is £60 per month over two years, plus a non-refundable application fee of £35 to cover administration costs. This cost does include the cost of the CORE training modules. The fees do not include living costs, any required overnight accommodation, additional courses, conferences or UK travel.

PATHWAY will start in September each year. Applications should be submitted by 15th June.

If you have any further questions, would like further details, want to nominate a candidate, or want to request an application form please email pathway@pioneer.org.uk.