One of my favorite mottos from many years ago is this: start small, go deep, think big. I’ve found over time that this approach leads to quality multiplication. Too often we want to start big before something has been field-tested. Or we want to skip over the going deep part. But taking this approach of “start small, go deep, think big” gives you a chance to test out an approach and make the necessary corrections and tweaks before multiplying it. That may slow down your starting time out of the gate, but it leads to multiplication with a much higher degree of quality.
We sow seeds, make investments, and sometimes (not always) we see the fruit of those efforts. I recently received an email from a man with some of that fruit to share. He wrote that he was a church planter who had just celebrated the one-year-anniversary of his church—a great-granddaughter church to the one I planted in Alta Loma, California many years ago.
Among his influences, he counted a seminary course I taught, an internship experience at the church I planted, some cluster coaching sessions with me, and a few informal lunches. He wrote, “Those sessions with Bob were a huge blessing to me and helped shape me into the church planter I have become.”