Jesus’ sphere of influence was huge, but he first lead a small group. There are times in the gospels where it is unclear whether Jesus is teaching the crowds or his closest disciples. Where he is teaching just the twelve, how do we apply this? The very fact that He poured way more teaching into the twelve than the crowds should teach us about ministry. It is better to lead a small group and help them become better leaders than it is to try to lead a crowd. You may still lead a crowd, but each person will have a circle of influence where they can lead for real change. This is why small groups are so important in Church. What is interesting is that each follower of Christ has this leadership potential in their life. When they pour into relationships in life they are effecting people for the good of God’s Kingdom. We need to help people realize that they have this power and responsibility.
Luke 12:1 – “Meanwhile, when the crowd gathered by the thousands, so that they trampled on one another, he began to speak first to his disciples…”