Specialise in lay pioneer ministry

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Are you called to lay pioneer ministry?

Ridley Lay Ministry (RLM) students specialising in lay pioneer ministry are called to mission and building church on the fringes. Pioneers may work in geographical locations where no church exists or with groups of people not engaging in mainstream church communities.

This may involve joining others in an established ministry or taking a lead to set up something new. Whether the ministry is established or new, at its heart will be the desire to engage with communities in contextually relevant and new ways.

Why lay pioneers choose to study here

Why lay pioneers choose to study here

Applicants to RLM wanting to specialise in lay pioneer ministry will often have existing experience in mission and evangelism, and come to Ridley in order to deepen their own theological understanding. Recognising that in doing so, they will become better equipped at developing and growing church in their context.

What makes a good lay pioneer minister?

What makes a good lay pioneer minister?

RLM students specialising in lay pioneer ministry are often first and foremost evangelists. Typically, they have a sensitivity to and desire to reach a specific community for Christ. They are often entrepreneurs in spirit, self-starters and problem solvers. Extraverted or introverted they are typically passionate and committed to their vision, with a strong sense of justice.

How the RLM course specialism resources you for this ministry

How the RLM course specialism resources you for this ministry

All students at Ridley Hall undertake in-depth study in Biblical Studies, Christian Tradition, Ministry and Mission, and Theological Reflection and Reflective Practice. Specific modules undertaken by RLM students specialising in lay pioneer ministry include Bible in Context, Discipleship, Pastoral Care, Management, Leadership and specialist modules in Creating New Church Communities, as well as research in an area of interest at level 6. There is also opportunity to engage in teaching alongside pioneer ordinands studying at Ridley Hall.

A key element of an RLM student’s learning takes place in ongoing ministerial practice and within theological reflection groups. RLM students specialising in lay pioneer ministry are placed within a relevant ministry at the start of their studies. Theological reflection groups take place during each block teaching week and are facilitated by an experienced pioneer minister.