Far be it from me to suggest that Wycliffe College has any shortcomings. But I have to be honest and tell you (if you hadn’t figured it out already): five courses in the pioneer stream is not enough to train you for ministry as a pioneer! It is a beginning. I believe it lays some good foundations. But it really is minimal. Maybe this will change over time, but this is where we are right now.
So I would encourage you to be on the lookout for other resources to supplement your Wycliffe Pioneer Stream diet. This may be things like:
* peer mentoring groups
* visiting a new church and talking to folks.
Will you get credit for this? No. Will it help you prepare for your ministry? Of course. Will you do it? I certainly hope so, as and when you are able.
And if you need suggestions for any of the above, just ask.
All this is a lead-in to telling you about some upcoming events that may be of interest to you. Some are distant and would require a car and travel time to get there. Nevertheless any or all of them would be highly worthwhile.
* Wednesday November 2nd: Alan Kreider will be speaking at the Wednesday event. He is a Mennonite missional thinker from the UK. Mennonites have not suffered the effects of Christendom in quite the same way that mainline denominations have done, and they have something to offer us. (You will find an outline of his bio on Wikipedia.) This is the easiest: travel time 1 minute or less.
* Thursday evening, November 3rd and all day Friday November 4th: Alan Kreider is speaking at Tyndale on Worship and Mission after Christendom. See here. (Incidentally Marie Soderlund’s nephew Glen Soderholm, is leading the music!) Thursday night is free; Friday is $20 for students (if that is a hardship, scholarships can be found). Tyndale is half an hour’s drive away.
* Saturday November 5th: A Learning Party, organised by a group called the Cultivate Network, taking place in London. The organiser, Pernell Goodyear, has spoken at the Vital Church Planting conference, started a Salvation Army church plant in Hamilton some years ago, and is now helping a “formerly Baptist church” in London become missional. He describes a “learning party” this way: “it’s designed to be everything good about a conference without the usual rigmarole… and much more fun and interactive.” I’ve been to one of these, and they are unique, not least as a chance for people at various stages of pioneering to learn from one another. Cost $35 (again, scholarships can be etc.). London is a two-hour drive.