Jesus’ ministered on earth for three short years. During those years, he focused much of his time and attention on the 12 Apostles. He identified them, taught them and lived with them. Jesus’ spent his time training the 12 to think like him, speak like him and to act like him. When Jesus ascended to heaven, he commanded the 12 to follow his pattern of living. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Jesus invested deeply in a few.
92% of MTS ministry apprentices were influenced to go into full time ministry by those who were leading and mentoring them. The “tap on the shoulder” is key. The Entrusting Family Tree approach not only urges Christian leaders to mentor the next generation, but keeps the Team accountable and focused on the vision: to multiply Gospel workers through ministry apprenticeships.
Ben Pfahlert spoke on Entrusters (people to whom the Gospel is entrusted) at the 2015 MTS Mission Minded conference. To view the slide show and hear the talk click on the video link below: