Church Mission Society and Bath and Wells Diocese are joining forces to launch a new regional hub, known locally as Holy Rumpus, to train lay people in pioneering mission.
Holy Rumpus will offer the nationally recognised CMS Certificate in Pioneer Mission and is for people looking to develop both their understanding and practice of pioneering mission. Study will be based around six modules: What is pioneer mission?, Reading the Bible for Context, Doing Theology, Mission Spirituality, Mission Ecclesiology and Pioneering in the Rural Church.
Tina Hodgett, Pioneer and Evangelism Team Leader says, “At Bath and Wells we are looking for explorers and dreamers who want to follow their God-given dreams to reality; those who can see the culture gap between the church and the local community context and want to help bridge it.” She continued, “We aspire to a culture of innovation across Bath and Wells. Being able to deliver this course locally as a CMS learning hub is just one way in which we are working towards this.”
Andrea Campanale, Pioneer Network Developer at Church Mission Society, says, “CMS is very excited to be partnering with the Diocese of Bath and Wells on a new initiative to train lay pioneers. This will add to our growing network of pioneer hubs around the UK, equipping and resourcing lay leaders in the church to imaginatively engage in mission and create Fresh Expressions of church birthed out of diverse contexts.”
Lay pioneer Bryce Tangvald set up Hope Station in Frome Market in Somerset. He is studying for a Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission, part of the pioneer leadership training programme provided by CMS in Oxford. Bryce said, “The CMS pioneer training team exists to encourage and build up those who see new or unique ways of doing mission and living out the love of Jesus. My natural talents are being fostered and I’m challenged to think way outside the box.”
The Holy Rumpus pioneer training hub is part of CMS’s growing network of training hubs for lay pioneers that is being developed in partnership with dioceses around the country, which began with the St Cedd Centre for Pioneer Mission in the Diocese of Chelmsford. They are the result of nine years of sustained success and continued growth of the Pioneer Mission Leadership Training programme that CMS started in Oxford.
The first Holy Rumpus CMS pioneer leadership course starts in May 2019; a ‘taster day’ has been arranged for 2 February. To find out more or to sign up for the taster day, visit the Holy Rumpus page on the Bath and Wells website.
For more on CMS Pioneer Mission Leadership Training see pioneer.churchmissionsociety.org