Pioneers 4 Life

Explorations in theology and wisdom for pioneering leaders

David Male (editor)

Currently out of print £8.99


There is a growing awareness that the Church must commit to radically new agendas and fresh initiatives in order to connect the gospel with the widest possible spectrum of our society. Faith, commitment, sacrifice and boldness are needed - and an emerging generation of pioneering leaders focused on breaking new ground and growing Christian communities where none have flourished for many years, if ever.

This book emerges from the strategic thinking and shared experiences of those attending the Breakout Pioneers Conference (, an annual three day gathering of pioneer church leaders, both lay and ordained, from across the denominations. Established to seek out and draw together pioneers, the gathering also looks to support and train them so that they are free to pioneer as God leads them.

Contributors include:

  • Richard Bauckham is Professor Emeritus in the University of St Andrews and Senior Scholar at Ridley Hall College, Cambridge.
  • Adrian Chatfield is Director of the Simeon Centre for Prayer and Spiritual Life at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He is also a member of the Fresh Expressions team with responsibility for prayer and spirituality.
  • Bishop Graham Cray is the Archbishops' Missioner and leader of the Fresh Expressions team.
  • John Drane is a mission consultant, co-chair of the Mission Theology Advisory Group and also Professor of Practical Theology at Fuller Seminary in California.
  • Peterson Feital is originally from Brazil and has been an evangelist for 16 years. He worked as a mission and discipleship adviser for large churches in Brazil and was a Bible lecturer at a Baptist University. He is now training to be an Ordained Pioneer Minister.
  • Beth Keith is Learning Networks Coordinator for the Fresh Expressions team, developing and supporting learning networks, and works for the Church Army's Sheffield Centre.
  • George Lings is the Director of The Sheffield Centre, Church Army's research unit into fresh expressions of church and church planting.
  • David Male is the Director of the Centre for Pioneer Learning in Cambridge and teaches pioneers in training at Ridley Hall and Westcott House in Cambridge. Previously he was part of the team that planted the Net Church in Huddersfield.
  • Kate Middleton is a psychologist and was director of Anorexia and Bulimia Care. She is now Director of Care at Hitchin Christian Centre.
  • Lucy Moore is a professional actor and storyteller who started the first Messy Church. She is a member of the Barnabas children's ministry team that now oversees Messy Church activities in the UK.
  • Mike Moynagh is based at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, works for Fresh Expressions as editor of Share and has a watching brief for the education and training of Ordained Pioneer Ministers. He is also co-director of the Tomorrow Project, which advises businesses and government on social trends.
  • Mark Russell is the Chief Executive of Church Army. He is a member of the Archbishops' Council and General Synod of the Church of England.


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Author info

David Male is Director of the Centre for Pioneer Learning based in Cambridge and Tutor in Pioneer Mission Training at Ridley Hall and Westcott House, Cambridge. He is Fresh Expressions Adviser for Ely Diocese and was previously Vicar of the Net Church, Huddersfield, a 'network type' church that was one of the pioneers of fresh expressions in the UK. He has also written Church Unplugged: Remodelling church without losing your soul (Authentic).


From The Good Bookstall - 4 May 2012

Contributors are Richard Bauckham, Graham Cray, John Drane, Lucy Moore, Mark Russell.

This book includes article-length offerings from various authors, interwoven with stories from pioneering leaders engaged in grass-roots level church and evangelism. The articles are generally well-written and informative; they include an assessment of the contemporary scene by Graham Cray, insights from Paul and Acts by John Drane and Richard Bauckham respectively, as well as contributions from Mike Moynagh and George Lings. However, it was the selection of stories from practitioners which most caught my imagination! Details about some very exciting pioneer work are recorded here and these would be an encouragement to many others who are working at the coal-face of such ministry or contemplating a call to do so.

If you are interested in pioneer ministry, this book will be worth your while, both for its Biblical and theological thinking as well as its stories. It also includes a helpful list of web-based resources for pioneers which would help you explore this topic further.

Reviewed by Chloe Lynch

Book details

  • ISBN: 9781841018270
  • Published: 19 August 2011
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
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