Are you called to lay pioneer ministry?
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 Ridley 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?
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 course specialism resources you for this ministry
How the course specialism resources you for this ministry
All students at Ridley Hall undertake in-depth theological and biblical study as well as modules specific to ministry and mission in their specialism. The modules undertaken by lay pioneer ministry specialists include Pioneer Ministry, Discipleship, Pastoral Care, Management, and Leadership. All students have the opportunity to undertake research in an area of interest at level 6 (third year). There is also opportunity to engage in classes alongside pioneer ordinands studying at Ridley Hall.
A key element of the student's learning takes place in ongoing ministerial practice. Students specialising in lay pioneer ministry may be engaged in a wide range of ministries or focused within a particular area of interest, in accordance with their calling.
To support deep learning, all students engage in theological reflection and are placed within ministerial practice groups for the duration of their studies. Theological reflection occurs within all module teaching, and ministerial reflection groups take place during each block teaching week. Students specialising in lay pioneer ministry will join a ministerial practice group facilitated by an experienced pioneer minister.