The Church of England has seen an increase in those committing to serve as missionaries.
According to Christian Today, the Church of England’s Church Mission Society’s Pioneer Mission Leadership Training program has seen an increase in attendees. Recently, 24 new students graduated from the program.
The Bishop of Reading, Andrew proud, spoke on the occasion of their graduation:
“Pioneer leaders have an exciting, pivotal role to play in helping us communicate the love of God to an often confused, hurting and divided world. The growth of the CMS Pioneer Mission Leadership Training programme shows how many people are choosing a pioneer route to ordination and stands as real testament to the quality of CMS's training programme,” said Proud.
Some of the graduates will join the Church as deacons, and others will spread the gospel in other ways.
The mission program also caters to those who struggle with learning difficulties such as autism and anxiety.
“The course gives pioneers, who often display ‘the gift of not fitting in,’ a supportive learning community – a place to belong, as well as equipping and empowering them to initiate and follow through with mission projects that have a wider impact on the church and society,” said Proud.
Students in the program learn different facets of mission work, including theology, how to minister in contemporary society, leadership, and pastoral care.
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Publication date: July 12, 2017