The relationship between The Methodist Church and the Pioneer Network began in earnest in 2010 and has been steadily growing ever since. Our video stories will help you to gain something of a picture of how it began and is developing.
Whilst there is no formal "covenant" between our churches, recognition from the Methodist Church and Pioneer has come in a number ways:
Pioneer's successful application to become a member of Churches Together in England was sponsored by members at the highest level of the Methodist Church.
Pioneer was invited to attend the 2014 Methodist Conference as an Associate Member of Conference, fully recognising Pioneer's status as an Ecumencial Partner.
Part of the work of Pioneer Connexion is being funded by a Methodist "Mission & Ministry" Connexional grant, recognising the "connexional significance" of the work being undertaken. Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church, was the opening keynote speaker at the 2014 Annual Leaders Conference. Billy Kennedy, leader of the Pioneer Network, was invited to address the 2013 Methodist Conference.
Many Methodist Circuits and Districts are now involved directly in our partnership projects and a number of these have been co-funded by a combination of Pioneer and Methodist Circuit/District funds.
October 2014 saw our second Pioneer Connexion leaders summit meeting at Methodist Church House in London, jointly hosted by Billy Kennedy and Martyn Atkins with approxiately 75 attendees.
See the latest video 'Our Story 2015'