CMS has a history (and present!) of pioneer leaders in mission who have crossed borders, shared the gospel in new cultures and contexts, planted churches, built schools, catalysed indigenous mission movements, developed leadership training, effected social transformation, changed the world.
As a community of the Church of England CMS have been involved in the last 10 years in the UK journeying with others to effect change and help recover a church that is mission hearted and shaped.
The church has now recognised that alongside those leaders with the gift or skill set for being a pastor/teacher the church also needs pioneers.
There is now a designated pathway for ordination – OPM – ordained pioneer minister, for those with this call and gifting. And the Ministry Division of the Church of England invited CMS to become an approved pathway for training pioneers, both lay and ordained.
The report Mission Shaped Church recommended that
“A course, college or other institution with specialist skills in cross-cultural mission should be identified to provide key training modules and facilitate cross-cultural mission experience and learning.”
It seems a perfect fit! CMS mission partners will also be able to opt into some of the modules that fit with their learning plan.
CMS has also been recognized and encouraged by the South Central Region to be a hub for pioneering mission leadership.