Keep pressing onward beyond your fear
Only the Father goes before you
To your own frontier — you’re a pioneer
from the song “Pioneer” by Nancy Honeytree
Here at the Catch, we are about something coming. We are not about the past except as it informs the future. History only moves in one direction. It will always open a window to the present and the future.
Every “reformation” comes as a surprise to the institutionalized, and faces great opposition — that’s the pattern of history as found in the Reformation or the Great Awakening or the Jesus Movement. Standing on the brink of the next one, understanding the emergence of the Jesus Movement from the counter culture of the ‘60s will help us understand the emergence of a new Jesus movement from the millennials (possibly inspired by boomers).
Something is coming. Many can feel it. It keeps us awake at night wondering, watching, and waiting. You know something is coming, but you don’t know what it is. The one thing you do know is that it’s big, really big! So big, in fact, that it will determine the fate of many.
So we are all about being pioneers. From being older, wiser pioneers of the Jesus Movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s, to the millennial pioneers of today. In a world of accelerating change, it is fair to say we are all pioneers. Therefore, we can embrace what pioneering is:
- Pioneering is exciting.
- Pioneering is dangerous.
- Pioneering is lonely.
- Pioneering requires an investment.
- Pioneering requires perseverance.
- Pioneering requires hope.
- Pioneers break new ground.
- Pioneers overcome obstacles.
- Pioneers change the world.
Pioneers are harbingers of hope. They see over the horizon to what could be, what must be. They are also realists to a degree. They recognize the challenge, but know there is no going back. They must forge ahead to find a new song, a new life, and a new beginning.
Pioneering is about having a vision of the future worth living for — worth dying for. Pioneers see that the mountain is worth climbing, that every journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step, and that change is to be embraced to find the opportunity! Come Holy Spirit. Come show us the way!