What’s the quickest way to the greatest impact? For the sake of the Mission of God?
Maybe “quickest” and “greatest” are not compatible when it comes to impact.
Leaders often equate “quickest” plus “crowd” with “greatest impact.” Particularly if “crowd” was modified with larger or bigger!
There’s a growing uneasiness among leaders with this equation:
Quickest + Crowd = Greatest Impact
Jesus taught the crowds. (Luke 5:1)
Jesus healed the crowds. (Luke 4:40)
Jesus fed the crowds. (John 6:10)
But Jesus discipled the few.
“Go! I am sending you out…” (Luke 10:3)
“Peace be with you…why are you troubled?…” (Luke 24:36, 38)
“Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25)
And at the ascension, Jesus addressed the discipled few, and not the crowds: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised…” (Acts 1:4).
To be honest with you, something has to die in me (Galatians 2:20) to admit that my greatest impact may not be in front of a crowd but in investing in a few. (Something inside my heart sings in front of a large crowd!)
The best of leaders, I think, reserve space in their lives to disciple the few.
Who are your few?