Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fresh expressions formalised in South Australia: updated

Exciting weekend here in South Australia, with the Uniting Church Synod (council of all Uniting churches in South Australia), voting to accept a number of resolutions including the following:

  • develop Fresh Expressions and Church Plants throughout South Australia
  • develop a network/community of Pioneer Ministers
  • ask the Uniting College (of which I am a part) to take the lead in developing training for Pioneer Ministry, both for lay people and for those wanting to live out their ordination as Pioneer Ministers

(Updated: full resolutions here)

So there we are – a church denomination making Fresh expressions a priority, and formally charging it’s training arm to train pioneer leaders.

It dovetails beautifully with the fact that as a Uniting College staff, we’ve been putting in hours of work in the last few months into developing a unique pathway by which to train pioneer leaders. This will be as part of our new B.Min degree programme. If our application is successful it will mean we are offering two training paths. One path will be a more conventional mission and ministry degree.

The other path will also offer a B.Min degree, but with a focus on innovation and pioneering. It will offer learning by doing, in situ in a fresh expression, observational intensives so people can broaden their vision and practice of ministry, expect mentoring – both individual and in community – along with integration through study in areas of leadership, mission, Bible and Christian discipleship.  So if you sense God calling you to train as a fresh expressions pioneer leader, we at Uniting College just may be able to help you.

All quite exciting.

Posted by steve at 08:36 PM


  1. Exciting stuff, Steve. Just had Pete & Kath Atkins stay with us for a few days as they were teaching the MSM trainers for FXCanada. We live in interesting times.

    Comment by Bill Kinnon — June 20, 2010 @ 1:42 am

  2. Exciting stuff indeed, will look forward to seeing what comes about

    Comment by Geoff — June 20, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

  3. That’s really exciting Steve! Well done to the SA Uniting Church!

    Comment by Paul — June 22, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

  4. that’s great news steve…

    Comment by jonny — June 28, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

  5. good to hear this Steve! look forward to seeing it unfold.

    Comment by michael volland — June 29, 2010 @ 1:00 am

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