Pioneering Parishes: First steps

Pioneering Parishes: First steps

16 and 30 April, 14 and 28 May, at 7.30pm

A series of four fortnightly webinars to help parishes start to move their energy outwards, become more pioneering and network with others

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A series of four webinars which help both priests and lay people discover pioneering – what it is and why it’s integral to parish life.

Case studies and ideas are shared along with practical tools, enabling churches to begin to consider how they can shift their energy outwards into the community without increasing workload.

When is it?

Dates: 16 April, 30 April, 14 May, 28 May

Times: Each session begins at 7.30pm and continues to 9pm.

NB The first session starts 15 minutes early.

Who’s it for?

PCC members, parish clergy, people exploring a pioneer call, diocesan or parish support staff and anyone searching for tools to help them shift the energy of the parish outwards beyond the church walls.

What can I expect?

Each webinar is 90 minutes and contains teaching, guest speakers and break out rooms. You will receive a fresh set of lenses for viewing parish life and hear case studies from practitioners in an informal, warm, fun and open environment.

What content will be covered?

Over the four webinars, we will have conversations about the key strategic tasks for parish life:

  • Adopting shared values with the church and community as a basis for all decision making.
  • Shaping a missional consensus and prioritising agreed principles over personal preference.
  • Enabling a re-directing of resources towards those who are unconnected.
  • Enabling those with a specific call to pioneering and/or advocating for pioneering.
  • Fostering a permission-giving, risk-taking culture, and letting go of control.

How much does it cost?

We would hate cost to be a barrier to anyone attending so we charge just £10 for the four webinars in total.

If you bring a team, the maximum your church will pay is for five spaces (£50), any additional participants are free.

The real cost for the facilitation and materials is much higher, so if you feel able to contribute a little more you will be helping to support the continuing work of Pioneering Parishes.

Previous participants’ comments:

‘Inspirational!’

Alis Mascarenhas, PCC member, St Mary’s Brighstone churchyard project

‘I joined the first Pioneering Parishes course to find out how I could support our pioneer minister…I never thought I’d now be spending most of the week serving and sharing God’s love with 800 families across our twinned parishes.’

Roger Hutton, church warden, St Philip’s Cosham

Connect with Pioneering Parishes:

Email pioneering.parishes@churchmissionsociety.org

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