VentureFX Pioneers talk about their experience of
We believe that the good news of God's love in Jesus is for all
people, not just for those who are already part of the
Church. However, the culture in which we live is changing so
rapidly that sometimes it can feel as though there is an increasing
gap between existing forms of church and the majority of people in
the UK today, particularly those under 40, who don't have any
church connection. But the reality is that many of them are
spiritually open and are willing to explore a Christianity that
engages seriously with their context.
VentureFX is part of the way the Methodist Church is trying to
respond to this. Rather than beginning with church, VentureFX
pioneers begin with communities of people. As they explore
what it means to be disciples of Jesus there, new and relevant form
of Christian community are beginning to emerge. They are
based on pursuing a radical and authentic lifestyle based on the
teaching of Jesus, but they are marked by a re-imagination of what
church might need to look like for them.
There are 13 VentureFX locations around the UK where pioneer
mission leaders are working with others to explore Christian
discipleship and form new Christian communities where faith can be
explored and lived out.
The VentureFX pioneers form a network that has a Rhythm of Life at its heart.
There are VentureFX pioneers based in circuits in Edinburgh,
Inverness, Colwyn Bay, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Cambridge,
Dartford, South London, and Exeter, and in the Sheffield, Chester
and Stoke-on-Trent, Plymouth and Exeter, and Cornwall districts.
Pioneers are from a variety of backgrounds, lay and ordained, women
It was originally hoped that there would be 20 VentureFX
locations but, in the light of the cost of funding them, it has
been decided to keep the number as it is. However it is hoped
that the scheme will be able to share with others what is being
learned, and support others around the Methodist Church who are
doing, or who would like to do, similar pioneer mission.
The links below will take you to some resources that you might
Could it be me?
(For those exploring a call to pioneer ministry)
Could it be here?
(For circuit or districts thinking of starting a pioneer
How are we doing?
(Resources for gauging the health of a pioneer
(Resources for those who manage or oversee a
scheme is co-ordinated by Rev Ian Bell who can be contacted
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5JR
Tel: 0207 467 5193
'Sharing the good news of Jesus in ways that make sense to all
involved is an important part of the calling of the Methodist
Church, and VentureFX is a great investment by the church in
mission for today's world. However, all of us need to find
pioneering ways to share our faith with those who aren't currently
part of church life. I hope that VentureFX will inspire many
others in circuits and districts all over the country to do
The scheme was independently reviewed in the autumn of 2011 and
the report ofthat review can be read here:
Click on any of the pictures below to read about some of the