Certificate in Pioneer Ministry


This short course is a dynamic and significant contribution to reflective practice on pioneering and fresh expressions. It draws together key practitioners for encouragement, discussion, and learning.

Certificate Pioneer Ministry

This short course Certificate is a result of the collaboration between Methodist Pioneering Pathways, VentureFX and Cliff College. The course is intended for those, lay or ordained, who are involved in pioneer ministry, working with those beyond the reach of existing forms of church to form new ecclesial communities or fresh expressions of church. It is open to people of any church tradition or denomination.

The Certificate in Pioneer Ministry course covers issues such as the characteristics and the spirituality of pioneers and looks at the background of pioneer mission in Scripture and the life of the Church. It also looks in some depth at the distinctive missional values which underpin pioneer ministry and mission.

The short course examines issues to do with forming new church communities, such as, ‘What do we mean by Church, and how will we recognise a new church when it has been formed?’ and, ‘How can new expressions of church develop well in relation to existing forms of church?’ It also addresses many of the practical matters associated with pioneering such as worship, accountability and oversight, working towards sustainability and succession planning, and explores the challenge of forming disciples of Jesus in a pioneer setting.

A Cliff College Certificate is awarded for attendance on the week-long course and the submission of an academic assessment that achieves a pass mark. Successful short course students will be invited to the Cliff College graduation ceremony.

It was perfectly relevant to the life of a pioneer and I was left feeling affirmed.

Well balanced and organised, with inspirational leadership.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and gained a great deal of insight, both personally and theologically.

A good rhythm and pace with useful areas covered in a very helpful learning environment.

I was met exactly ‘where I’m at’ with relevant, balanced content, both practical and stretching.

A feast of usefulness and lots to chew on!

'This is a key area for the church to explore. Given the creativity in new forms of church expression, the shared encouragement of the pioneering storyline, as well as input by key teachers creates a vital learning environment, which we are pleased to host here at Cliff College.'
Ian White, Programme Leader, Short Courses, Cliff College

Course dates

The dates for the next Certificate in Pioneer Ministry will be arranged shortly – please contact the administrator for further details.

Course cost

The cost of this short course is £450.00 and includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en-suite rooms.

A non-refundable deposit of £75.00 secures your place and is payable on your acceptance of the place offered. The balance can be paid on arrival, or before.

To apply for this short course, email shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk or call Pete Anderson on 01246 584203.