CMS Certificate in Pioneer Mission

“Looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross…”

Hebrews 12:2

Are you:

  • pioneering something?
  • looking to develop your understanding of pioneer mission?
  • looking for an opportunity to study pioneer mission locally?
  • able to commit to six weekends and six evenings for one year, as well as some independent study time?

…then the Certificate in Pioneer Mission course may be for you.

The course will be open to people with a wide range of learning preferences and previous experience. Sessions will be led in a variety of styles and will be accessible to those with learning difficulties, whilst ensuring a level of challenge in terms of content and ideas.

The course is intended as an introduction to pioneer mission and will equip you to reflect theologically on your practice.

What will I learn?

The course consists of six modules, for more information click on each title:

  • What is pioneer mission?
  • Reading the Bible for context
  • Doing theology
  • Mission spirituality
  • Mission ecclesiology
  • Pioneering in the rural church

In between each module you will meet your fellow students for an evening hosted by a practising pioneer who will facilitate a discussion around the module themes.


The cost of the course will be £35 per module. Your church may be willing to contribute costs and bursaries will be available in case of financial need.

How does the course work?

The course will be delivered through Holy Rumpus, the Bath & Wells CMS Hub. Course leaders are experienced practitioners as well as established speakers and writers on pioneer mission.

Modules will run from Saturday morning to Sunday lunchtime in locations identified as Pioneer Hotspots in the diocese. This will enable students to get first hand experience of different pioneer contexts.

The first module took place on in September 2020. Subsequent dates are as follows:

  • 20-21 March 2021
  • 22 – 23 May 2021
  • 17 – 18 July 2021

Meeting dates in between modules will be fixed when the course starts. Assessment will be by portfolio.

How do I apply?

Students for the course will be recruited between January and June.

Click on the link for The Story of the CMS Certificate in Pioneer Mission Yr 1.

CMS is a place where ‘abnormal’ is the norm. 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. As a student at CMS, I feel strongly that I’m where God wants me to be. My natural talents are being fostered and I’m challenged to think way outside the box.

Bryce Tangvald, initiator of the Hope station at Frome Market