Pioneer School

Encouraging theological and critical reflection through an exploration of pioneering practice

Pioneer School is a course specifically designed by CPL for practising pioneers. It is held on 6 Saturdays over a period of about 8 months. Each day is structured with input and discussion in the morning followed by small, peer-led groups in the afternoon. These small 'hub' groups offer a space to process the morning's input, share stories and pray for one another. Numbers are deliberately kept small, not more than 20, to enable individual pioneers plenty of space to explore topics and questions that directly relate to their contexts and speak directly into the day-to-day business of pioneering within Christian community.

The ethos is very much based on learning together, listening to God's Spirit in our own lives and the context within which we are placed and encouraging an entrepreneurial spirit. This happens in an environment that begins and ends with worship.


Topics include:

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  • Pioneering Leadership
  • Church in Everyday Life
  • What Shape the Church?
  • Mission-Shaped Discipleship
  • Worship for a New Context
  • Mission and Evangelism for New Times

Each session is led by an experienced leader who will provide input, but also use a variety of facilitating styles to enable practitioners to address and discuss theological and practical questions that are relevant to their own specific contexts and pioneering in general.

Course fee is £225, which includes lunch, refreshments and all course materials.

Pioneer Intensive

We  also offer this course in an alternative format. Our Pioneer School Intensive covers the same content as Pioneer School, but over a week. As the name suggests, it is a more intensive experience that suits pioneers coming from overseas for a limited period of time, or those who are unable to commit to 6 Saturdays. Practitioners made attend this course either on a residential baseis, or as day participants. 

Pioneer Intensive takes place in beautiful Cambridge, either in July or September. Look out for details of the next course on our Home or Events pages.


Our current Pioneer School tutors include:

  • Rev David Male, National Advisor for Pioneer Development - Pioneering Leadership
  • Rev Dr Mike Moynagh, Fresh Expressions Director of Network Development - Church in Everyday Life
  • Dr Clare Watkins, Lecturer in Ministerial Theology, Roehampton University - What shape the Church?
  • Rev Dr Phil Meadows, Director of the Inspire Network - Mission-Shaped Discipleship
  • Rev Jonathan Dowman, Pioneer Development Worker Leicester Diocese - Discipleship
  • Dr Paul Weston, Tutor in Mission and Homiletics, Ridley Hall - Mission and Evangelism for New Times
  • Rev Dr Adrian Chatfield, Director of the Simeon Centre, Ridley Hall - Worship for a New Context