Lay Pioneers

Picture by Philip King.

"My ministry is to pioneer and shape new relationships with the unchurched in the community with a hope to make church relevant to them. We do different things to connect to the community and we do this out of love – we love because Jesus loves.  We go to where the community are, for example joining an existing community cooking group which was running in the community centre, hosting cooking lessons and using this time to get to know the people there.  We build these relationships overtime and invite them to explore faith" - Diane Grano, Lay Pioneer at Red Lodge.

Pioneer ministry involves developing Fresh Expressions of Church for the 95% of people who are not a regular part of a local church. Examples of Fresh Expressions might include Messy Church, Cafe Church, Dinner Church or Forest Church.

Pioneers are people called by God who are the first to see and creatively respond to the Holy Spirit’s initiatives with those outside the church; gathering others around them as they seek to establish new contextual Christian community. They combine the ability to see a new future with the skills and gifts to make the future accessible now.

Training and Becoming a Lay Pioneer

Initial training may be through the eight week Pioneer Envoy Community, focusing on the mission of God, understanding ‘church’ and building a team

There is also a discernment process, which you can read more about in our leaflet:

Pioneer Ministers leaflet | PDF




Di's Story

Watch the video below to hear Di Grano further share her experience of being a Lay Pioneer.

More information

To further find out whether this is for you, do contact us to find out more:

Gail Southgate,Lead Evangelist at the Suffolk Centre of Mission

Case Study - Pioneer | Alicia Holmes

I saw the job of Pioneer Developer and immediately felt excited about the possibilities of the role.

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