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 a modular training course for all those in leadership in Pioneer Churches. The modules are arranged around the four core values that we embrace as Pioneer:

                                                  Relational                      Missional                       Charismatic           Kingdom Orientated
  • What is it about these values that we would seek to build a whole church network around them?
  • What can we learn from the Bible and what does that mean for us all in practice?
  • How can we stay united in the vision that God has given us to pursue together?
  • How can we grow strong and healthy churches that truly witness to the gospel of Jesus?

“I found Pioneer CORE educational, challenging and great fun – it has really strengthened our commitment to Pioneer and helped us understand again what makes us distinctive as a Pioneer Church in Burton. To unpack our relational value from a theological perspective has validated so much of our culture at TCC.”

Scott Pettingale | The Community Church

Pioneer CORE is suitable for anyone at any level of leadership. It’s a great way of connection with others from across the network as well as exploring some key biblical and theological values for your own leadership.

Pioneer CORE is designed to give you greater understanding and confidence so that you can be sure that you are building on good foundations.

The modules can be completed in any order; we aim to offer two each year.
> Module 1: Relational – May 2024
> Module 2: Missional – November 2022
> Module 3: Charismatic – May 2023
> Module 4: Kingdom Orientated – November 2023

What is Pathway?

Pathway is an online flexible leadership programme (spread over two years) which creates a clear route for raising and releasing 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.

The course is not just about gaining theological training but equipping and inspiring church leadership with Pioneer’s distinctive set of values and culture.

PATHWAY is online, but when possible, we will revisit any opportunities to meet in person, as well as set certain tasks (e.g. visiting other churches and writing reports).

You can watch a summary video below:


Joining the programme

You can apply for the full 2 year programme, or, you can simply join in with what ever module you wish!

Before applying for the full 2 year programme, it is important that each applicant has explored their call to leadership with their local leader. Once an application has been received, the Programme Director will be in contact to arrange an informal interview over Zoom. If successful, the applicant will be added onto the course.

Every student will be assigned a mentor to guide him or her through the programme, process the learning, and help with the discernment process.

Content and Training Focus

The training focus is on developing leadership competencies under six modules (three per year):

  • Strategic and Visionary Leadership (September–October 2022)
  • Planting and Missional Leadership (January–February 2023)
  • Hermeneutics and Theological Foundations (June–July 2023)
  • Healthy and Authentic Leadership (September–November 2023)
  • Care and Pastoral Leadership (January–March 2024)
  • Supernatural and Charismatic Leadership (June–July 2024)

The main place for learning is Google Classroom, with teaching In addition, all students will complete the Pioneer CORE programme, as well as attending the Annual Leadership Conference (ALC) and the Theological Forum.

Over the two years, each student will produce a ‘portfolio of learning’, which forms the basis for ongoing learning.

Structure and Expectations

Each module consists of eight online Tuesday evenings (7:30-9:00pm). Six of these are primarily teaching and interactive, with two sessions being tutorials focused around discussion and theological reflection.

PATHWAY will take place through Google Classroom, with teaching delivered through Zoom.

Students will need to read selected articles and book chapters and articles in preparation for the tutorial sessions only. There will also be two written assignments per year (approx. 1,500 words) tying in with each of the core values.

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 options for theological training. Previous training will be taken into account.

Course Fees

The cost is £50 per month (£600 per year). This includes the cost of the CORE training modules, the ALC and the Theological Forum, as well as all the teaching, resources and mentoring provided through PATHWAY. You can however save £100 per year if you pay £500 before starting each year of the programme.

The fees do not include travelling expenses, any required overnight accommodation, additional courses or conferences. Any changes to the fees will be announced here as part of the redesign of the course.


Every student will be paired with a mentor. They will meet their mentor at least six times per year with at least half of these being face-to-face meetings (if restrictions allow in their locality).

Completing the Programme

Students may complete the programme in any order but each module must be completed as a unit in the same year. Therefore, students may start the programme in January, June or September each year.

Students who have previously completed any of the Pioneer CORE modules may be exempted from repeating them although they will still be required to participate in all online sessions and complete the written assignments.

Start Dates

You can start the full Pathway Programme at the beginning of each new module (January/June/September)

Apply now

Apply to the whole programme which starts in June 2022 (deadline is the end of Mat for the full programme), here!

Flexible Attending

If you do not wish to join the full programme, each module will be open for anyone to attend at a cost of £90 per module. All modules will be accompanied by standardised teaching notes and resources in order to build a complete training manual.

You must sign up for the flexible option 2 weeks before each module starts.

Sign up for module 5 below here.

Join us this September for Pathway’s Strategic and Visionary Leadership Module.

Over eight Tuesdays evenings we will be exploring important and key themes all about how we can be and lead with a visionary mindset.

The course costs just £90, and begins on Tuesday 20th September 2022, at 7:30pm.