Pioneer Ministry

The Book

How to Pioneer (even if you haven’t a clue)

Small new Christian communities created by pioneer ministers are popping up everywhere – on housing estates, in community centres, schools, cafes, and in many other places beyond the local church.

This practical handbook is for anyone interested in 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 build a creative team
  • 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!) 

The book recently won the Leadership Book of the Year at the Eden Awards 2017.

You can buy the book from Church House Publishing


‘This is a ‘can do’ book, best put into the hands of people who sense a desire to respond to the call of God to reimagine things, but don’t quite know the steps to realise it. It is deeply practical, deeply hopeful and deeply involving.’ Archbishop Justin Welby

‘Dave 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 rst step in partnership with God’s Spirit and inspires us to see where it will lead.’ Nicky Redsell, Director of the Centre for Pioneer Learning

‘Brilliant in its simplicity, How To Pioneer is an easy-to-read, immensely practical guide ... It has the wonderful sense when you read it of making you think “I can do this” which is the point – you can!’ Jonny Baker, Director of Mission Education, CMS

‘This 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!' Rob Peabody, Co-founder & CEO of Awaken, National Director of Pioneer Development (Young Adults), Fresh Expressions UK

‘Packed 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 shouldn’t wait to read!’ Ian Bell, Pioneer Ministries Coordinator, VentureFX & Methodist Pioneering Pathways

‘A great and timely book – short enough to be hugely readable, long enough to be hugely valuable.’ Rhiannon King, Director of Mission, Diocese of Birmingham

Contents of the book

1. Introduction. Setting the scene for the book.

2. The art of seeing

3. Developing a team

4. The art of the start

5. Making connections

6. Building community around Jesus

7. Telling the Jesus story

8. Growing disciples in community

9. How to avoid rotas and other useful advice

10. Ending and beginnings