In this video Rev Dr John Drane talks about the need for  Pioneering Leadership and what that means in our culture today. Pioneering leaders are adventurous — driven to keep seeking bigger and better roles, products, and experiences. They inspire a team to venture into uncharted territory.


Rev Dr. John Drane

John is founder of the religious studies program at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He is also appointed to teach Practical Theology in the Divinity School at the University of Aberdeen. Currently a self-employed consultant working with churches of many different denominations throughout the United Kingdom as well as internationally.

An adjunct professor in New Testament and Practical theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, California, a visiting scholar at Spurgeon’s College in London and a visiting Fellow of St John’s College, Durham. John is also an ordained minister and well known throughout the UK and western world for his academic contributions.

John is probably best known for his two best selling books: Introducing the Old Testament and Introducing the New Testament

Pioneering Leadership

One of the biggest challenges as I see within the next few years is people who have traditional ministries understanding what pioneer ministers are about and pioneers understanding, for their part, how traditional ministries are actually reaching in many cases traditional people. This is the story of the mixed economy effectively. How can we learn from each other without suggesting that tradition is a bad thing or pioneering is on the wrong tracks when actually we need all the resources of God’s people that we can muster in order to begin to touch many different aspects of our culture and society.

Two key skills for pioneers are, first of all, the willingness and ability to listen to the culture because actually the questions are all out there but quite often they’re not expressed in terminology or ways that we imagine would be the right way to ask questions about God or about purpose or identity and life. So we need to listen to the culture first of all and spend serious time listening and by that I don’t mean just reading philosophical books about the culture.

If I was to identify what I think is the most important gift of the Spirit for the 21st century there’s no question about it, that discernment would be at the top of my list.

Discerning where God is at work in the culture, discerning what is the appropriate way to connect with the culture, discerning who this person is or persons with whom I’m engaged at this point in time

Some questions to think about:

  • Where is God at work?
  • What does it mean for me and other Christians to get alongside what God is doing? 
  • How did people relate to Jesus? What kind of person was he?


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