“We dream of a culture of innovation across the diocese. The ultimate aim is that this project releases creativity and starts a ripple effect of grass roots pioneering right across Somerset.” Revd Tina Hodgett, Pioneer Project Lead
The Diocese of Bath and Wells has been awarded £1.6m by the Church of England Commissioners to deliver an innovative project that will create nine new pioneer posts to catalyse pioneering activity across Somerset.
The nine pioneer posts will be phased in over three years, 2018-2020. Each post will be for an initial 5 years. The recruitment process started in February 2018 and applications from both lay and ordained people are welcomed.
The purpose of the new posts will be to reach out to areas and communities where the church has little impact. Those appointed will focus on areas of deprivation, new communities and work with young people. The pioneers will be open to God’s missional imagination as they seek to establish new and sustainable worshipping communities and to act as catalysts of further pioneering activity. Alongside this, the diocese will identify, train, and support emerging ‘grass roots pioneers’. These will be voluntary, unpaid pioneers who have a vocation to mission in their local context.
The project is one of eight across England to receive a share of £24.4 million in funding to support major work on growth and change in the Church of England. It is a key part of the Diocese of Bath and Wells’ strategy and its vision to live and tell the story of Jesus within our communities. The grant is matched by a financial commitment of £1.5m from the Diocesan Board of Finance.
Download the detailed plan for the Pioneer Project 2018-2025 below, along with our Called to be a Pioneer leaflets, a guide to the process of appointing grassroots pioneers and details of timings.