Trailblazers, Pioneers, and Settlers

Posted by Marta Escarcega on November 9, 2015 at 6:10 PM

I once heard a teacher give a message on stages of church planting and growth. After hearing it, I began to understand my gifting a little more. I am a trailblazer and pioneer. I've come alongside other pioneers (church plants) and started educational programs, non profits and social enterpises.

First, there are the trailblazers. They are the ones who not only have the vision to go somewhere, but they are willing to go through the rough times of trailblazing-knocking down the thorn bushes and blazing a new trail where no one has gone before.

Right behind or alongside the trailblazers are the pioneers. They are willing to bring the working tools to help build. Although some of the pioneers will stay to settle, many of them will leave to start new works. I’ve found pastors get nervous when the pioneers leave; and may ask themselves, did something go wrong?  Pioneers usually like change and often like the challenge of building. Sometimes they are judged by leaders or settlers who wonder what is wrong with them for not ‘staying’ at one place, but it is ok, they know they are called to plow and to plant.

Then there are the settlers. They will come once the buildings and vision have been established. They bring sustainability. 


Categories: Spritual Living (church)

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