1. Pray a lot. We can’t do this in our own power
Any sort of Church growth is by the Spirit of God. Using a gardening analogy, Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:6
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow
Most of us, as Christians, know this, but when we get down to it we can find all sorts of excuses not to pray, thinking that if we just do the right things, growth with come. Every person who comes to faith does so by the power of God.
There is also a well-known saying in pioneering (which comes from former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams) that:
mission is finding out what God is doing and joining in.
God is already on the move as we’d do best to find out where. We can never hope to know where or how God is moving unless we pray, listen to God’s voice, and keep our eyes open looking for signs of his work.
So if you are just starting out in a pioneering situation, my advice to you is pray a lot. We prayed some, but I wish we’d prayed some more. Pray alone, pray with your team, pray at home, pray in different places!