Books for the missional leader & missional church

How to Pioneer (even if you haven’t a clue) by Dave Male (SCM Press, 2016).

New Christian communities created by pioneer ministers, both lay and ordained, are popping up everywhere – on housing estates, in community centres, schools, cafes and in numerous other contexts beyond the local church.

How to Pioneer.. is a brilliant starter for anyone feeling called by God to start a new outreach (of any sort) and is looking for practical wisdom on how to get started. Readable, sensible and do-able.

Mission-Shaped Church: Church Planting and Fresh Expressions of Church in a Changing Context. Ed. Graham Cray (Church House Publishing, 2009).

Mission Shaped Church considers the implications of social change in Britain for how churches might engage in mission, church planting and creating ‘fresh expressions’ of church in order to create ‘ways in’ for the people around us to begin to connect to the gospel and the people of God.

Written from an Anglican perspective The Mission Shaped Church has been a profoundly influential document which is detailed, readable and well researched and which gives an overview of recent developments in church planting, tells lots of stories from current examples of ‘fresh expressions’ of church and offers practical help and advice.