i have just got back from a 24 hour meet up between CMS, fresh expressions and theological educators (colleges and courses). the background to this is that there is a proposal for a new route/pathway to ordination which will recognise pioneer ministers - in practice this means people who will lead missional/emerging/fresh expressions of church. rather than expecting them to be the pastor/teacher type there is a recognition that there is a different gift/skill set and training requirements. you can read more about it here and download the guidelines if you are interested. this goes to the house of bishops in january and is pretty likely to be approved. we were discussing what training is appropriate for this group. then there is the wider issue of training for all sorts of people (not just those likely to get ordained) who are involved in and leading fresh expressions. it was an interesting time, good to catch up with the fresh expressions team and others and to meet new people. things are definitely changing.