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Newbigin Pioneering Hub

We are very pleased to announce our partnership in the Newbigin Pioneering Hub.

This is a collaboration between United Reformed Church, the Congregational Federation, Church Mission Society and Seedbeds and named in honour of the inspirational URC Minister and mission theologian, Lesslie Newbigin. This new venture is open to all and part of celebrating the past 50 years of the United Reformed Church and Congregational Federation by investing our future in local communities.

Do you see ...

  • New possibilities?
  • A way where there is no way?
  • Ideas for mission in your community that just might work?
  • A new community of disciples where there is none?
  • How your local community can flourish in God’s love and shalom, but know this can’t happen alone?

If you can see even a glimpse of any of these, then come and be part of the Newbigin Pioneering Hub and see if your hopes can be realised together with us.

Introducing the ‘Newbigin Pioneering Hub’

Newbigin Pioneering HubIt is a collaboration between the United Reformed Church, the Congregational Federation, Church Mission Society and the Seedbeds organisation and named in honour of the inspirational URC Minister and mission theologian Lesslie Newbigin. This new venture is open to all and is part of celebrating the past 50 years of the United Reformed Church and Congregational Federation.

The Hub is the space for training lay pioneers through the certificate and also for supporting those engaged in pioneering work. The desire is that we bring people together to support one another - sharing experience and expertise in the Hub as well as offering support to those engaged in training.

Could God be calling you to step out in faith with us to see your God- given dreams in your local community flourish in faith, hope and love?

‘The CMS Certificate in Pioneering Mission’

This is the foundational course designed and led by experienced pioneering practitioners, for practitioners. Church Mission Society has offered this course around the UK and will now make it available to all, rooted in the United Reformed Church in partnership with the Congregational Federation, and planted in a live pioneering context in inner city Birmingham.

The course will start September 2022 and will include six units run over 3 weekend residential (The Greenhouse at Barnes Close), hybrid sessions (online and in Lodge Road Community Church, Birmingham) on 3 full Saturdays and 3 Wednesday evenings along with personal coaching.

The six units offered are:

  • Pioneering Mission
  • Missional Spirituality
  • Church and Mission
  • Mission and the Bible
  • Community Development
  • Missional Entrepreneurship

There is also a pitch to a resource panel and graduation.

Would you join us in this new venture?
In the first instance, please contact us for more information and to start the conversation of how you could be involved.

Costs:
‘CMS Certificate of Pioneering’ programme: £600 for six modules or £300 for an approved URC or Congregational Federation Participant.

‘Community of Pioneers’ community membership: £24 annually.

The Congregational Federation has secured generous funding which will enable up to five people to access this training at no cost. Contact us for more details.