A pioneer is someone who is able to connect with those who are not currently relating to church and Christian faith. They are able to help people to encounter God and explore what it might mean for them to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in the context where they are. They are also able to re-imagine what Church could look like for such people. We think of a pioneer as someone who, as a primary focus of their ministry, is connecting with and aiming to form disciples among un-churched or de-churched people. A pioneer will then be intentionally developing an appropriate new ecclesial Christian community, or fresh expression of church, where these disciples can flourish.
What does it mean to be a Pioneer in the Methodist Context?
Building on the learning and experience of VentureFX, the Methodist Church has created a pathway within the Discipleship and Learning Network which aims to support and resource pioneers across the Connexion. Methodist Pioneering Pathways (MPP) is a framework of support for pioneers - lay or ordained, part time or full time, paid or unpaid. Through MPP the Methodist Church recognises and affirms the distinctive call to pioneer ministry and seeks to build and support a team of pioneers across the Connexion. MPP offers the opportunity to join with others in a movement of mission which God's Spirit has been causing to bubble up in recent years.
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What does Pioneer Ministry look like in the South Circuit?
Pioneering in Liverpool South Circuit is led up by Rev Sally Binymin, who is involved in a number of projects based around the Circuit and city.
Rev Sally Binymin
Ordained Pioneer Minister
Sally Heads up Project 5000+, it is becoming a jointly registered Anglican and Methodist Charity serving the community through hospitality & education. The bus is an after school homework help unit and also a story telling venue. It’s recently been transformed from dirty blue to bright yellow! Pray for regular helpers to resource the bus after school & on Saturdays once a month!
The Inner City of Liverpool is a vibrant multi faith, diverse area which has a lot of churches from various denominations. It is great that there is a vibrant Churches Together team to support one another in all our endeavours in the Inner City!
Sally's other project is the Homeless Communion, Sally said "I’m sure I heard Jesus say ‘I’m the Saviour get me out of here’!" The Homeless Communion began in Liverpool City Centre on Dec 19th 2016 and has continued monthly. Each who takes part has a different reason for releasing bread and wine outside the church building. I hold true to my belief that although the church owns the sacraments, church is wider than four walls because love cannot be contained. It’s a love that speaks for itself in simple sharing. It’s without the religious trappings of preparation and speaks of the gift of grace made available in Christ, present on Merseyside streets.
Can I come to your church location and build a team for homeless communion? Call me! 07903 444773