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Pioneer Ministry & Fresh Expressions of Church

Author: Angela Shier-Jones
Published By: SPCK (London)
Pages: 148
Price: £12.99
ISBN: 978 0 281 06113 6

Reviewed by Emma Maggs.

This is a useful introduction to new ways of doing church, both for individuals looking to initiate and lead pioneer ministry and for churches thinking of resourcing such a ministry.  It is written very much with the Anglican and Methodist context in mind, and its language is inspired by the Church of England’s 2004 report Mission-Shaped Church.  The writer explores helpful principles, however, which are equally applicable to other church traditions.  The most interesting aspect of the book for me was Shier-Jones’ emphasis on the benefits to be gained when a fresh expression of church is initiated, resourced and supported by a more traditional church.  I was less convinced by her arguments for holding a fresh expression of church within a traditional church building; however, on the whole I found the book provided much stimulus for prayerful reflection.

Emma Maggs

Community Outreach Worker

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You are reading Issue 48 of Ministry Today, published in March 2010.

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