First steps

First steps

Nurturing the conditions for mission among people who are not like us

In this series of four webinars for both priests and lay people, you can discover more about pioneering, what it is and why it’s integral to parish life.

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

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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


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

‘I joined the first Pioneering Parish 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

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