If you are a Christian you are called to be pioneer breakthrough person and your church is called to be a pioneer breakthrough church. We are not designed to be contained within the four walls of a building; if the devil can contain us he can control us. In Acts 2 the disciples were all with one accord in one place and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. As a result, the upper room couldn’t contain them, Jerusalem couldn’t contain them, Judea or Samaria couldn’t contain them and they took the gospel to all the known world.
Characteristics of Pioneer, Breakthrough Pastors, People, Churches or Businesses
1. Pioneers dream of a better life—based on the Word of God (Hebrews 11:10, 16). The dreams I like come from deep imaginative thinking based on the Word of God and prayer. Dreams that will resolve problems, help humanity and expand God’s kingdom. Big breakthroughs and accomplishments begin with a big dream. Dream, live the dream and in living the dream, we dream again!
2. Pioneers are willing to go where they have never been before and do what they have never done before in order to obey God: “Abraham obeyed…and he went out not knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8). Today’s breakthroughs are the result of yesterday’s obedience and tomorrows breakthroughs are the result of today’s obedience (Hebrews 10:36).
3. Pioneers are willing to put up with what is less than ideal, because of what they see happening in the future (Hebrews 11:9). They are willing to live in tents; setting up and tearing down. They are not afraid of hard work and sacrifice because they know sacrifice is always rewarded (Mark 10:29-30).
4. Pioneers always want to go further (Hebrews 11:13). In 1947 Chuck Jaeger was the first man to break the sound barrier at 769 miles per hour. The pilot and the plane went from the Comfort zone to the Crisis zone into the Blessing zone! Many quit just too soon (Galatians 6:9).
5. Pioneers are a tough breed of people—they don’t quit. They would rather die than go back to their old dull boring way of life (Hebrews 11:15, 33-34).
6. Pioneers are builders—they start with nothing and make it into something. They will cultivate the wild land, turn the desert into an oasis and bring order out of disorder (Hebrews 11:7).
7. Pioneers are willing to fight for what they believe (Hebrews 11:33). Pioneers don’t just roll over and play dead when opposition comes their way. They see obstacles and opposition as a challenge that must be conquered.
8. Pioneers break the way open; they blaze a trail for others to follow (Hebrews 11:20-22). We don’t have to reinvent the wheel; we can take off where other pioneers left off. Roger Banister broke the 4 minute mile barrier in 1953, and in the following 12 months over 300 other runners did the same (Micah 2:13).
Your future is worth fighting for and your future is not just about you!
Yours for the emerging of an army of pioneer, breakthrough leaders,
Dr George Hill
President and Founder of Victory Churches International