Big Difference in a Few Lives

Mentoring young apostlesBlogs can have a major impact on the world today – and an impact for Jesus.

One pastor in Washington, D.C. had more thn 10 million hits on his blog by October of 2009 (he is reporting in an articles I just read). And this is great as he is making a quantitative difference – hopefully, through his daily writing, having an impact on those who are dropping by to read what he has written.

However, he is also looking to make a qualitative difference and he recognizes that this can best happen by meeting one-on-one with men whom he is discipling and mentoring, equipping and training.

Jesus would preach to the multitudes – but He would also spend a great deal of time working with His chosen 12 … discipling, training, equipping and mentoring them. The quantitative is good – but we must also recognize the need for the qualitative as well.

As a leader I can tend to focus on the quantitative dimension. But it is the qualitative dimension that leaves a lasting legacy. There is nothing wrong with making a little difference in a lot of lives. But the ultimate impact is making a big difference in a few lives! Pictured above is one of my new disciples – an apostle-in-training – who lives and worships in Kirovograd, Ukraine. One of three new ones the Lord added to our team from the same local church during our recent visit.

When I work overseas the services where I minister can number anywhere from 20 to 400 depending on the size of the local church we are working with and the purpose of the visit. This last trip into Ukraine we held a conference or seminar in the first church and it was open to anyone who wanted to attend. Daytime attendance ran 150, evenings ran 250. In the last of three places I ministered it was in-house and only for the members of the local church. We met with groups as small as two and as large as 30. We were there to focus on and help the local church and its leaders so the focus was much narrower and the audience more selective.

However, throughout the two week trip I was also working constantly with a team of ten men and women – apostles and prophets in training – who gathered from the four corners of the nation (and one from another nation) to help us in the ministry and to continue learning how to use their gifts and move in their calling. I worked one-on-one with these young people, teaching, training, touching their hearts and bringing major changes and new revelations into their spirits. I encouraged, imparted, taught, and literally poured myself into these young people. I invested in them at every opportunity there was – during services, between services, late at night, while travelling by bus or van … thus making a qualatative difference while still ministering to the larger quantity of people at the two or three main services each day. This is what apostles are called to do – father the younger leaders, disciple, train, equip and eventually release them into their full-time calling.

So, numbers matter but they cannot be our only focus. Everyone loves to be in a large service with hundreds of other believers as there is a natural or supernatural electricity or momentum to a large service; a dynamic that is not there in a small group. But, I believe some of the most important work is accomplished after the doors are closed and just a few remain behind and we get to sit and talk, share and pray together as a small team of committed young people who have willingly given themselves to the plans and purpose of God for their lives.

I am very thankful for my team of young men and women – apostles and prophets in training – who are in four nations of the former Soviet Union – Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus – and I am believing God for many more from many other nations in Eastern Europe and around the world.

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