…The Five Year Plan just launched aims at raising the number of clusters with an intensive programme of growth to 5,000. A continuing flow of homefront pioneers will contribute significantly to this monumental goal.” — The Universal House of Justice, 23 May 2016 letter to the Bahá’ís of the world, paragraph 3)
Guidance on Homefront Pioneering
Goal Clusters needing Homefront Pioneers
How bountiful, moreover, will be the rewards which He who watches from on high the varying fortunes of the Plan and presides over its destinies, must either in this world or in the next — and it may well be in both — choose to confer upon those, who, at the hour of the Plan’s greatest need, will fly to its succour, exhibit the rarest evidences of courage and heroism, and choose to subordinate their personal interests to the immediate needs and future glory of the community to which they belong. — Shoghi Effendi, The Unfolding Destiny of the British Bahá’í Community, p. 233
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Urgent Need comparable to the Ten Year World Crusade
The field is indeed so immense, the period so critical, the Cause so great, the workers so few, the time so short, the privilege so priceless, that no follower of the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh, worthy to bear His name, can afford a moment’s hesitation. — Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 46
There is a particularly urgent path of service in the Atlantic Region: homefront pioneering. The Universal House of Justice raised this call to the Bahá’ís of the world in two highly significant messages dated May 23, 2016, the Anniversary of the Declaration of the Báb, writing: “A continuing flow of homefront pioneers will contribute significantly to this monumental goal” of advancing 5,000 clusters worldwide to the stage of an intensive program of growth. The Atlantic Region has pledged to advance 72 clusters to this milestone. Currently, 17 of these clusters are urgently in need of homefront pioneer teams to begin the process of community building that will grow to be a self-sustaining intensive program of growth before the end of the Plan. Though the goals are different, the scale of what we are endeavoring to accomplish hearkens to the Ten Year World Crusade when souls arose to open entire nations to the Message of Bahá’u’lláh. The same heroic effort is now required to more deeply penetrate the fabric of our society in some of the more rural areas of the region. We call the lovers of Bahá’u’lláh in the Atlantic Region to arise with boldness, courage and zeal to meet this great challenge.
The House of Justice suggests that “many of those who will arise to serve in the field of pioneering will come from the ranks of the youth”; though, of course, all are welcome at whatever stage of life. There are goals which require a commitment of 2 years or more while others can be “adopted” by youth offering their time during breaks from school or university. Individuals arising can be placed in teams and assisted financially if there is a need. All arising will be supported and accompanied along this very important path of service.
Our beloved Supreme Institution writes: “The friends who arise to foster, with tact, love, unity and fortitude, a pattern of community life in clusters across the globe will undoubtedly draw inspiration from the Master’s heartfelt cry expressed in the Tablets of the Divine Plan: ‘O that I could travel, even though on foot and in the utmost poverty, to these regions, and, raising the call of ‘Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá in cities, villages, mountains, deserts and oceans, promote the divine teachings! This, alas, I cannot do. How intensely I deplore it! Please God, ye may achieve it.'”
The linked and regularly updated map above shows clusters and homefront pioneer goals. To see the map in full-screen view, click on the icon in the upper right corner of the map. Homefront Pioneering Goal Clusters A, B, and C (see definitions in Goal Clusters)
What is a Homefront Pioneer?
A homefront pioneer carries the Message of Bahá’u’lláh into unopened goal areas of the region. “Such friends can kindle a spirit of selfless service and transmit valuable experience from stronger clusters to emerging ones” (Universal House of Justice, 23 May 2016). A pioneer relocates to a goal cluster and builds friendships by having spiritual conversations with local residents in order to come to a shared understanding of the needs of their community and to welcome them to the institute process (children’s classes, junior youth groups and study circles) and to devotional gatherings. Then, the pioneer tutors study circles and accompanies new friends in the practices of the study circles and in their paths of service to initiate and sustain their own core activities. The pioneer attends team gatherings 3 to 4 times a year to reflect, consult, study and plan for the next three-month cycle.
“Invariably, opportunities afforded by the personal circumstances of the believers initially involved—or perhaps a single homefront pioneer—to enter into meaningful and distinctive conversation with local residents dictate how the process of growth begins in a cluster. A study circle made up of a few friends or colleagues, a class offered for several neighbourhood children, a group formed for junior youth during after-school hours, a devotional gathering hosted for family and friends—any one of these can serve as a stimulus to growth. What happens next follows no predetermined course.” — The Universal House of Justice, 28 December 2010 ¶ 4
“Efforts to stimulate activity in a cluster, especially one that has not yet been opened to the Faith, are greatly enhanced if one or more individuals settle there as homefront pioneers, concentrating their attention on part of a village or even a single street where there is heightened receptivity.” — The Universal House of Justice, 29 December 2015 ¶ 5
If you are interested in homefront pioneering, or a period of service please complete this interest form, after which a representative of the Atlantic Regional Baha’i Council will be following up with you as soon as possible.
If you have any immediate questions, feel free to contact the Council Secretariat by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (919) 914-0156.
You will also be welcome to consult with the Auxiliary Board member for your area or for the area of the region to which you are interested in relocating.