Small new Christian communities created by pioneer ministers, both lay and ordained, are popping up everywhere ââ¬ on housing estates, in community centres, schools, cafes, among different age groups and in numerous other contexts beyond the local church. This practical book is for all who are engaged in this form of ministry and it begins by identifying some basic principles from a wide variety of creative examples of pioneer ministry.
Illustrated with actual examples throughout, it explores
ââ¬¢ how to ââ¬Ëlistenââ¬ to the physical, social and spiritual environment of a local context
ââ¬¢ how to discern a communityââ¬s needs and the appropriate missional response
ââ¬¢ how to build a creative team
ââ¬¢ the art of the start ââ¬ how to begin well
ââ¬¢ how to build relationships and create community by acts of authentic love
ââ¬¢ how to become and stay Jesus-centred
ââ¬¢ how to live and tell the gospel in meaningful ways
ââ¬¢ how to grow disciples
ââ¬¢ how to stay fresh (and avoid rotas!)
David Male is the Church of Englandâs National Adviser for Pioneer Development.
ââ¬ËDave has given us a gift in How to Pioneer. It is full of practical advice, stories, experience and wisdom. This book equips us to take that exciting first step in partnership with Godââ¬s Spirit and inspires us to see where it will lead.ââ¬
ââ¬ËBrilliant in its simplicity, How To Pioneer is an easy-to-read, immensely practical guide ââ¬¦ It has the wonderful sense when you read it of making you think ââ¬ÅI can do thisââ¬ï¿½ which is the point ââ¬ you can!ââ¬
ââ¬ËThis book is a 'how-to' for anyone looking to live out the mission of God to impact those that would never set foot inside a traditional church. Be careful, this book could change everything for you!'
ââ¬ËPacked full of common sense, stories and accumulated learning from many different contexts, it is a book which has been waiting to be written and one that you shouldnââ¬t wait to read!ââ¬
ââ¬ËA great and timely book- short enough to be hugely readable, long enough to be hugely valuable.ââ¬