Shoe Leather Faith
A devotional daily commentary on the letter of James.
Alan Hoare’s infectious enthusiasm for digging deeper into God’s word is evident throughout this powerful 64-day devotional study of the Book of James. As he explains James’ teachings on difficult subjects such as trials and suffering, faith and action, wealth and poverty, anger and jealously, you will find yourself at once both refreshed and challenged in your daily life.
James’ pastoral aim throughout is to develop in the church a faith that endures the journey of life, walking steadily through good times and hard times; a shoe leather faith.
ISBN 9781911086734 (PB) / 9781911086741 (HC)
“[Alan unpeels] scripture in layers, revealing God’s imminent presence
through His Spirit-breathed Word.”
Alan was born in the South of England in 1948. After leaving school, he started an apprenticeship in precision engineering, whilst being involved in a rock band most weekends. He graduated from Worthing Technical College with a City & Guilds in Precision Engineering. Alan became a Christian in March 1969. In 1971, he left his home Baptist church in Littlehampton, Sussex, to work with Operation Mobilisation in Southern France on a church planting team. He was there for two years. Upon returning to England, he studied at the Elim Pentecostal College, graduating with a Diploma in Theology. During that time, in 1974, he married Maureen (affectionately called Mo). In 1975, he became the assistant pastor of two Elim Pentecostal Churches in North London, and helped to pioneer two more.
In 1977, with Mo and their two small children, Ruth and Joseph, he travelled up to Lincoln to become the pastor of an Elim Pentecostal church in the city. He served there for nearly ten years. During that time, two more children, Simon and Sarah, were born into the family.
In 1987, he joined the large and growing New Life church in Lincoln, and pastored a number of linked congregations around the area. In 1991, he came on staff at the church, and began to head up the pastoral and teaching ministry of the church. In 1993, their youngest son, Benjamin, was born.
Since 2003, he has headed up a growing Bible class called ‘X-Plore’ in Lincoln, teaching theology classes on a monthly basis. He has also written and delivered devotions for the staff at the New Life Church (now ‘Alive Church’) for a number of years. In 2009, he began a Masterís degree in theology at Mattersey Hall, near Doncaster, and graduated three years later. He has also been a contributor for Scripture Unionís online WordLive daily devotions.
In 2011, he reduced his time at Lincoln to three days a week, and became the senior pastor, working two days a week, of a thriving New Life church in Boston, some forty miles east from Lincoln. This he did for about three years, and then helped with the transition of a new senior pastor. He now serves as the teaching pastor and part of the Boston leadership team.
Alan retired completely from the staff in Lincoln in August 2013 to give himself to more study, writing and teaching. He has also been involved in Bible teaching around the area in various churches, and also in different countries.
Alan feels that his ministry is primarily about building strong and deep spiritual foundations. Strong and mature churches are made up of strong and mature believers. He teaches on the developing of a close and mature walk with Christ, believing that our spiritual roots are essential to the growing of a healthy Christian life. He is passionate about getting people to read the Bible for themselves!
He has delivered series of lectures on ‘the life and times of Christ’, ‘the life and times of David’, ‘the life of the apostle Paul’, ‘spiritual theology’ and also systematic theology, biblical and church history, to name but a few.
Alan and Mo have now been married over forty years, and have seen the five children grow up into fine adults. They have, to date, ten grandchildren!