How Ordinary People Can Pioneer a New Form of Church

By Shannon Kiser

Be honest...when you think of a pioneer leader for a fresh expression of church, a picture probably forms in your mind’s eye. That picture is likely someone who is su- per-charismatic, super-knowledgable, super-talented...frankly, super-human. 

You probably don’t picture yourself. 

You probably look in the mirror, and an ordinary per- son looks back at you. But have you ever noticed how many ordinary people God used in Scripture to do extraordinary things?

Abraham was just an ordinary older guy living his daily routine in a town called Ur

Joseph was a written-off teenage victim of human trafficking

Daniel was a forgotten Babylonian captive

Amos was just a regular guy taking care of fig trees and sheep

Nehemiah was a guy whose job was to drink first out of the king’s cup and not die

David was the overlooked, youngest child shepherding the herd

Peter and John were fishermen

Mary was a young bride-to-be Joseph was a carptenter Lydia was a street vendor 

Meet the Author

Shannon serves as Director of Training, leading our team of mission strategists and trainers in the development and implementation of the Mission Shaped Ministry course through Pioneer Learning Communities. She is also a pastor on staff with Riverside Church in Sterling, VA, a Church that worships in two languages and engages in several Fresh Expressions of Church. In the last several years, Shannon has been involved with the Presbyterian Church’s New Worshiping Communities initiative, and has directed the coaching network that supports pioneer leaders.  

Shannon lives in Springfield, VA with her husband Patrick and teenage daughters Catherine and Suzanne.