How To Pioneer – David Male
This book has an associated workbook also, and we’ve used it as a group in York to look at practical things to consider when Pioneering. David Male is a central figure in the development of Pioneer Ministry in the UK, and Andy has heard him speak at many conferences. This book is straughtforward, easy to read. It draws perhaps a little too heavily on traditional models, even though it encourages you not to, but its still worth a read.
The Blurb for the book is as follows…
Small new Christian communities created by pioneer ministers, both lay and ordained, are popping up everywhere 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 how to listen to the physical, social and spiritual environment of a local context how to discern a community s needs and the appropriate missional response how to build a creative team the art of the start how to begin well how to build relationships and create community by acts of authentic love how to become and stay Jesus-centred how to live and tell the gospel in meaningful ways how to grow disciples how to stay fresh (and avoid rotas!)