Diocese of Portsmouth

Fran Carabott, pioneer minister, at St Margaret's Community Church

Pioneer ministry

We have been recruiting clergy and lay people who can find new, pioneering ways to reach non-churchgoers with the gospel message, alongside traditional forms of church.

That may involve creating new worshipping communities or ways of developing Christian discipleship that are different to the standard, geographical parish model.

We’ve already seen pioneer ministers working in specific parts of our diocese, including Gosport, Havant, Milton, Eastney, Cosham and Whiteley – and we plan to recruit more. Some of our existing clergy have also been given responsibilities to pioneer in new housing developments. We also offer training for our existing clergy to work in more pioneering ways through our Pioneering Parishes workshops and community of practice. We are supporting clergy and lay teams developing and strengthening new Christian communities through the Greenhouse project.

It’s all part of our diocese’s  Live | Pray | Serve strategy, which aims for our churches to grow in depth, impact and numbers. Read more about that strategy and how it is shaping our mission and ministry here.

The latest news about our pioneer ministers is at the bottom of this page or watch our video below showing the story of pioneer ministry in Leesland and what we can learn from that experience:

Dean of Pioneer Ministry

Our Dean of Pioneer Ministry is the Rev Greg Bakker, who supports stipendiary pioneers and raises up lay pioneers to serve in the churches and parishes of the diocese. You can contact him on 023-9289 9668 or by email here.

You can also read more about the Church of England’s overall vision for pioneer ministry on their website.