There are times when “fewer” is better than “many.”  The classic illustration of that is Gideon.  You know the story well.

Another stark example is Jesus and His twelve disciples. He trained individuals, not crowds.  It is intriging to notice that Jesus, as the creator of the universe, chose to mentor only 12.  Surely, as God, he could have handled 1000 at a time.  But He deliberately focused on 12. Then as he worked with them, much of the interaction is one-on-one.  He did not always treat them as a group.

God designed discipleship and leadership training to take place within the context of a personal relationship.  Our tendency may be to think that having a class of 50 potential leaders would be better than mentoring one.  But focusing on one may have more impact than having 50 in a group. It is hard to have an close relationship with 50 people at once.  Leaders cannot be mass-produced.

Evangelism training is best done by modeling.  That means it can’t happen in large crowds.  So rejoice in the fact that you only have a few people who want to be trained for evangelism.  You will do a better job with just a few.


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