The Bishop of London is backing the identifying and training of new pioneer leaders in order to birth ‘new churches, for new people in new places’, across London.
In a joint venture between the Centre for Church Planting and Growth and Church Mission Society, the School of Pioneers will, for the first time, allow the diocese of London to offer formal training to lay pioneers. This move, the centre said, testifies to the growing importance of ‘pioneering’ in the Church’s strategy to reach a generation who have grown up in a post-Christian culture.
The 2017 electoral roll figures for London showed a 13 per cent increase in church membership since 2012, bucking the national trend and demonstrating a clear demand for church growth. The school is aimed at lay people in London. It is part of a network of training hubs for lay pioneers being developed in partnership with dioceses around the country.