A Fresh Perspective on Fresh Expressions of Church and Pioneering in the Diocese of Ely

Welcome to the second edition of Fresh Perspective, a round up of all that is fresh and pioneering in the Diocese of Ely. Each addition will have information on seminars, conferences and training happening in this diocese as well as further afield. There will also be links to other useful Fresh Expressions publications and events. We’ll also feature stories of some of the Fresh Expressions of Church in Ely diocese.  

Get paid to Pioneer!

Not just another intern scheme!

We are excited with the progress of The Pioneer Exchange,  an exciting opportunity for six enthusiastic individuals to explore pioneer ministry within a programme of tailored learning by working in local ‘Blended Economy’ parish contexts that have both traditional and Fresh Expression of Church, within the Diocese of Ely. Successful applicants can choose between 1-2 years and will be paid an annual salary of £20, 000.

Do you know anyone who would like to apply?  

For more information:
Visit: www.thepioneerexchange.co.uk
Email info@thepioneerexchange.co.uk
Twitter: @exchangepioneer  

3 stand alone sessions that aim to go deeper and  explore further, open to all who pioneer. Each master class will be run by experienced practitioners and will tackle a key contemporary issue.
Sessions run in a number of locations in Ely:
9.30am-1pm and repeated at 7-9.30pm    
26th September 2017 : Breaking the  4th wall.
Lisa Olsworth-Peter a Vocal Coach and  former West End Performer explores how the  relationship between the actor and the audience can inform  the way we worship as a pioneer community.   
8th March 2018: Fresh Expressions & The Eucharist
Jonnie Parkin, an ordained Pioneer explores the importance and place of the Eucharist within Fresh Expressions of Church and the practical,  pastoral and legal implications of this.
10th May 2018: Sustaining Pioneer Ministry
Ed Olsworth– Peter, Adviser for Fresh Expressions of Church explores how Pioneers can sustain their ministry looking at issues of identity and expectation.
For venue information and to book your place
Email: mission@elydiocese.org or call 01353 652736

Are you thinking of starting a Fresh Expression of Church? Are you wondering if you might be a Pioneer? Do you have a passion for mission in an innovative way but you’re not sure where to start? Emerging Pioneers is a pop up, one stop learning community that can come to your church, leadership team, PCC, Deanery… to help you to explore what it means to pioneer a Fresh Expression of Church. It offers tailor made learning from a selection of topics, facilitated conversation about your specific context or project and first hand examples from experienced pioneers. Once we’ve gone there is an expectation that the group will be continue to explore what has been covered and there will also be an opportunity to set up a visit or placement  experience at a Fresh Expression of Church local to you. Group numbers can be between 5-20 people and can be booked for an evening or day time session lasting  2-3 hours.
Choose four 10 minute topics from the following:
-What is a Fresh Expression of Church?
-What is Church?
-Being a 50/50 blended economy: traditional & pioneer church working together
-Genres of Fresh Expressions of Church (sport, nature, café church…)
-Models of Fresh Expressions of Church
-What is a Pioneer?
-From franchise to enterprise: being a missional entrepreneur
-A changing 21st Century context for mission
-Fresh Expressions and Children
-Fresh Expressions and Youth
-Fresh Expressions and Millennials: (18-35’s)
-Sustainability: leadership, money, growth  
-Local context: rural, new housing, urban
To book Emerging Pioneers to come to your Church community
email ed.olsworth-peter@elydiocese.org

Break Out 
High Leigh Conference Centre

Lord Street, Hoddesdon
EN11 8SG, United Kingdom
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 at 14:00 – Friday, 15 September 2017 at 15:00
‘Breakout is a creative and dynamic space for Pioneers to be inspired and sustained by God as we partner in his mission.’ This year’s theme is Radical and Rooted. We will discover that we need to go deeper into God’s love to enable us to go further for his Kingdom with the help of three great speakers; Carolyn Skinner, Calvin Samuel and Paul Unsworth.
We do this through:
1. Engaged minds: by helping people to think deeply about mission and pioneering
2. Practical resources: providing a forum for resources, help and ideas from those attending & speakers
3. Personal renewal: by interrupting our journeys to meet with God
4. Community: meeting up & hanging out with like minded pioneers
We are meeting in Hertfordshire – please click here for details of how to find the High Leigh Conference Centre.
The fees for this gathering include all meals and conference materials. We will be welcoming you at 2pm to register, with coffee available from 3pm. The first session on Wednesday starts at 3.30pm and dinner will be around 6pm. We finish after lunch on the Friday.
book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/break-out-pioneer-gathering-2017-tickets-31931245214
by 1st September
Dave Male
National Adviser for Pioneer Development for the Church of England.

Blended is back!

Saturday 4th November 2017
10am-3.30pm (networking from 9.30am)
The Old Palace, Kings Ely
Palace Green
Ely, CB7 4EW

After the success of Blended ’16, the first Fresh Expressions of Church conference for the Diocese of Ely, Blended is back as an annual event. Whether you would call yourself a Pioneer or are just wanting to find out more about Fresh Expressions of Church this event is for you! The Diocese of Ely has a vision to become a 50:50 blended economy by 2025, aiming by this point to have equal numbers of inherited and pioneer communities. This years conference is entitled ‘#Blended a Deeper Expression’ and will explore how to grow and sustain Fresh Expressions of Church. We are delighted that Ian Adams, tutor in Pioneer Learning and Context-based Training at Ridley Hall will be joining us.
Book your tickets here: 

The Mission Shaped Ministry course starts again in September and we have 18 free places to give away (worth £185 each). Mission Shaped Ministry is a one-year, part-time course which takes people on a learning journey as part of a supportive community, training them for ministry in Fresh Expressions of Church. Run ecumenically, MSM has been presented over 115 times across the UK with more than 3,600 participants.
Maybe you’d like to pioneer something new but you’re not sure where to start? Or you’d like to build up more leaders in an existing Fresh Expression of Church?

You can find out more at:
To book your place email:

The St Etheldreda Community is launching a New Monastic Missional Community. It will meet once a month in Prior Crauden’s Chapel (downstairs) for food, discussion, prayer and Compline. It will also seek to be a dispersed community following a Benedictine Rule of Life and using social media to connect community members. The community is launching on 28th September 7-9pm.
For more details and to hear more about how to join the community email:

Fresh Perspective is a mailing from the Mission Department of the Diocese of Ely to bring news and views about Fresh Expressions of Church and Pioneering. If you don’t want to receive this mailing please email Ed Olsworth-Peter to unsubscribe.
For more information about the Diocese of Ely please visit www.elydiocese.org

Ed Olsworth-Peter is the Adviser for Fresh Expressions of Church and Young Adults for the Diocese of Ely. You can contact him by:
or call
01353 652714