richard sudworth reflects on mainstreaming pioneer ministry where he suggests
The truly innovative step would be to offer training that is wholly related to the context of mission.
which of course is exactly what we intend to do with the pioneer training we are developing. but richard goes on to say that this is as second best as other things on offer because what is really needed is a reappraisal of all ordination practices which should be framed by a missionary theology.
i agree with all that richard is saying - i would love to see the whole system reappraised and changed but that is going to take some time and not something within my particular remit of possibilities right now. so i think developing something that reframes the whole training around mission in context as we are doing is a great way to go. i'm a bit confused as to why it's as second best as what is out there, or does richard mean second best in relation to changing everything?... who knows!