The Newbigin Pioneering Hub.
Do you see…
  • New possibilities?
  • A way where there is no way?
  • Ideas for mission in your community that just might work?
  • A new community of disciples where there is none?
  • How your local community can flourish in God’s love and shalom, but know this can’t happen alone?

If you can see even a glimpse of any of these, then come and be part of the Newbigin Pioneering Hub and see if your hopes can be realised together with us.

More information below!

Introducing the ‘Newbigin Pioneering Hub’

We are a collaboration between the United Reformed Church, the Congregational Federation, Church Mission Society and the Seedbeds organisation and named in honour of the inspirational URC Minister and mission theologian Lesslie Newbigin. This new venture is open to all and is part of celebrating the past 50 years of the United Reformed Church and Congregational Federation.

The Hub is the space for training lay pioneers through the certificate and also for supporting those engaged in pioneering work. The desire is that we bring people together to support one another- sharing experience and expertise in the Hub as well as offering support to those engaged in training. Please contact for more information.

Could God be calling you to step out in faith with us to see your God- given dreams in your local community flourish in faith, hope and love?
 ‘The CMS Certificate in Pioneering Mission’

This is our foundational course designed and led by experienced pioneering practitioners, for practitioners. Church Mission Society has offered this course around the UK and will now make it available to all, rooted in the United Reformed Church in partnership with the Congregational Federation, and planted in a live pioneering context in inner city Birmingham.

The course will start September 2022 and will include six units run over 3 weekend residential (The Greenhouse at Barnes Close), hybrid sessions (online and in Lodge Road Community Church, Birmingham) on 3 full Saturdays and 3 Wednesday evenings along with personal coaching.

The six units offered are:

  • Pioneering Mission
  • Missional Spirituality
  • Church and Mission
  • Mission and the Bible
  • Community Development
  • Missional Entrepreneurship

There is also a pitch to a resource panel and graduation.

Would you join us in this new venture?

Please contact for more information or apply online at


‘CMS Certificate of Pioneering’ programme: £600 for six modules or £300 for an approved URC or Congregational Federation Participant.

‘Community of Pioneers’ community membership: £24 annually.

For help with funding and other support please talk to your local church, synod or apply for a Discipleship Development Fund grant.

Any further questions about URC support, please email