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Pioneer Ministry Post

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Seeking to progress Pioneer Ministry

Pioneer ministry post

Irvine and Kilmarnock Presbytery’s initiative to prune Parish Ministry numbers to encourage new growth through church planting has been applauded by the Church of Scotland with all seven of the Presbytery Pioneer ministry posts, including our own, being approved. In this climate of considerable restrictions being placed on recruitment this is a significant achievement and highlights the level of support our initiative has from the national church.

The role of our Pioneer is to work alongside and grow a team of volunteer leaders to strategise, plan and execute plans together to establish a new Church Plant in the Towerlands area of Irvine.  The Pioneer will work with the teams from our congregation and Mure/Relief churches, building on the existing family work / schools work / Messy Churches to establish a new all-age congregation in the Towerlands area.  The post is for four years, with a review of sustainability after year three.  The post is a 0.6FTE (22.5 hrs per week) with the possibility (depending on skills) that the postholder may also attract the 0.4FTE (15 hrs per week) team leader role. 

In support of the arrival of our Pioneer, four members of the congregation are undertaking the Forge Pioneer Course www.forgescotland.com/pioneer-course/ and a further two are participating in Learning Communities in partnership with a further five members from Mure/Relief www.cairnmovement.com/what-we-do/learning-communities/. The role of the course participants is to prepare the way through the development of learning, skills and promotion of understanding of Pioneering ministry within our leadership and wider congregations and to work alongside the Pioneer to encourage, stimulate and nurture new growth. 

For more information on the Pioneer post please visit:

https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/72072/Mission-Pioneer-Towerlands-Church-Plant-Initiative-Job-Description-Sept-2020.pdf