Local Pioneer Centres


Pioneer Centres are centres of innovation and good practice which can offer hospitality, advice and inspiration to those wanting to find out more about contextual church planting. Some will intentionally be developed as strategic hubs for creating support and learning communities.

In a relatively new field like pioneering fresh expressions of church, one of the most helpful ways to learn and gain encouragement in any developing situation is to connect with or visit somewhere that has made significant progress. This practice has already proved transformative for many who have visited a place or project similar to the calling they are exploring but which is some steps further on. So in identifying Local Pioneer centres we are merely building on what we and others have already been doing informally with the intent to extend the benefit much wider Fresh Expressions family.

What makes a Local Pioneer Centre and how do they get recognised?

Featured Pioneer Centres 

Each month we'll feature Pioneer Centre's from amongst the many that have been recognised.  This is simply to make sure that each centre doesn't get overwhelmed with visitors.  Click on the images below to find out more. 

St. Philips Sheffield

Sorted, Bradford

Wichelstowe Estate, Swindon

Re:generation Romford

Threshold Lincoln

If you'd like to view a full list of our centres follow this link. 

Local Pioneer Centres

Visiting Pioneer Centres

If you like to visit a Pioneer Centre there are three simple steps. 

  1. Complete our response form below or email lpc@freshexpressions.org.uk. Then we'll get in touch with you.
  2. If all's ok we'll put you in touch with the centre to arrange a visit.
  3. We'll follow up your visit and the learning you've gained from it. 

We are just about to announce the names and locations of our Local Pioneer Centres and when we do, we will detail how they can help you and how you can get in touch.