There are basically two types of people in the Church, and in the world. Both are needed and vital to whatever sphere they operate in. The first group are pioneers; the second are settlers. Pioneers tend to be visionaries, always looking ahead, wanting to explore what is unseen and unknown. They are willing to step out, take risks, and challenge the status quo. Easily bored when not moving forward, they become restless and discontent without regular challenges. They actually thrive on challenge, the harder, the better and more exhilarating. That which seems impossible to most, thrills them and pushes them ever onward, seeking to take new territory no matter what the cost.
Pioneers are forerunners. They blaze new trails, conquer obstacles that stand in the way, and make a path for those who come behind them. They are unafraid of the unknown, totally confident in the One who is leading the way. Possessed by a passion for what could be, they are undaunted by the enemy’s attempts to stop them. Without pioneers, the Church, or whatever field they work in, would never grow or become a significant influence in the world around them. It is because of a group of bold, courageous pioneers that our nation came to be. Inventions are created, cures are discovered, and breakthroughs occur when pioneers are at the helm. They are catalysts for change, which often causes upheavals in business as usual. They will not sit back and observe as society crumbles around them. They must be at the forefront, leading the way to bring something new and fresh to that which as become stagnant and stale. Often they are misunderstood, believed to be rebellious or strong-willed because of their seeming lack of concern for tradition and the opposition from small-minded, fearful people. Others may see them as unpredictable, flighty, or even fickle.
Settlers, on the other hand, have a need to remain in one place. They see the potential around them and want to get involved to make a difference. They build and establish and are steadfast and hardworking. They will not quit until the job is done. Rather than pursuing adventure, they long to put down roots and bloom where they are planted. They are committed to the task at hand and remain faithful to see it through to the end. Because of their desire to settle down in one place, they become adept at building long-term relationships and are usually trustworthy. Keenly aware of their surroundings and the needs of those they see regularly, they continually look for ways to improve the local culture. Thus, they are great at gathering resources and manpower to make the necessary changes to benefit their local community. The dedication they possess enables them to create places where everyone thrives, dreams are realized, and generations are blessed. Like pioneers, they too, are often misunderstood. Others may see them as unwilling to change, boring, or passive. They may be labelled as fearful of taking risks, set in their ways, or immovable.
Both of these personality types are necessary and invaluable to whatever area they are involved in, be it the Church, the business arena, the government, etc. Differing perspectives are critical to the success of any endeavor. Whichever type we may be, we need to see the other as complimentary to our task, not oppositional. No one person or group has all the insight, understanding, or knowledge to complete our individual, much less corporate assignments. God designed us to need one another, learn from each other, and value what He has placed in others, that we would succeed in being and doing that which He has called us to do. May we learn to do our own part and give freedom and grace to others to do theirs that we all may benefit.