Release Date: 20 September, 2018.
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‘Sean has shown me constantly what lies at the heart of the Christian community.’ – Lord Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, in his Foreword.
What people are saying
‘An extraordinary, authentic example of discipleship, and the honouring and validation of the radiant “broken jewels” on society’s margins.’
Stewart Henderson, poet, broadcaster and lyricist
‘Sean Stillman’s community of “glorious chaos and complicated beauty” changes lives. With raw encounters which make us weep, his whole story challenges us to learn from fragile people, too easily dismissed.’
Roy Jenkins, broadcaster and Baptist minister, Cardiff, Wales.
‘A fascinating account of how God’s love shines in surprising places and touches unlikely people. A memorable and moving read.’
Ian Coffey, author, and Director of Leadership Training, Moorlands College, England
‘Sean is a remarkable man with a wonderful story. His ministry resides among the margins, the outliers, the broken, the forgotten. His personal journey, however, is the engine that compels him forward – beyond social convention and organized religion, to a radical understanding and practical application of the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. His work testifies to the good of this world, and we could use many more like him. Rides a mean bike too.’
Rick Elias, recording artist and music educator, Nashville, USA
‘Raw and gut-wrenching. A “righteous” story, rich in Jesus’ life-transforming love and amazing grace. Read it with a box of tissues close by!’
Mandy Bayton, freelance writer and speaker, Swansea, Wales
‘I put some miles on my bike alongside Sean back in the day, and he remains the kind of Christian and human being I aspire to be. Compelling.’
Sean Gladding, author of The Story of God, the Story of Us, Kentucky, USA.
God’s Biker : Motorcycles & Misfits
Zac’s Place is a church in Swansea, Wales. It is a small, sometimes chaotic community of Jesus followers, where the most fragile of life’s walking wounded naturally gravitate to and try to work out their faith.
It’s also the spiritual home for the local chapter of the motorcycle club God’s Squad. Zac’s Place was founded in 1998 and for nearly twenty years has been led by Sean Stillman – a ‘painfully shy, nervous preacher’s kid’ – whose front-line ministry, at Zac’s Place and on the road, has cost him dearly, including physical beating. In Zac’s Place, chaos and disorder sit alongside community and grace in an environment that sometimes resembles an AA meeting mixed with a casualty department.
This is Sean’s personal story of a transformed faith alongside the broken, the story of the church community that formed out of it and the European-wide growth of an unlikely bunch of biker missionaries. At its heart, is a story that searches for the ‘greater righteousness’ that Christ spoke of – It dares to ask the question of what can happen when our concern for the perfect performance is stripped bare and replaced with poverty of spirit.
For thirty years Sean Stillman has served in Christian ministry, primarily among those many consider to be far removed from mainstream church culture. A friend of the outcast, an advocate of the arts and sometimes an irritant to a comfortable church, Sean has learned to see life with the lid off.
Much of his work has been among fringe communities including the biker sub-culture and associated motorcycle clubs – a role which has been hard-earned over many years and many miles on the road. He has served as the founding UK President, European President and International Vice-President of God’s Squad CMC.
In 1998 Sean founded Zac’s Place, a mission church in Swansea, South Wales which continues to be a community of Christian discipleship and care of the poor and marginalized. Sean has also brought these experiences in the development of the Fresh Expressions movement as an associate missioner.
He has spoken in a wide variety of contexts across many church denominations throughout the UK and overseas and aspects of his work have been widely covered in the media. At the time of publication, Sean is completing his dissertation for an MA in Applied Theology with Moorlands College, England. God’s Biker is his first book.
Church Times Interview 5 Oct 2018
Review by Peter Grier 9 Sep 2018