"The multiplying is in the dividing" -Priscilla Shirer
It is by sharing the gospel, by shifting the focus from us to Christ, that people are drawn to God. Jesus said "And I, if I be lifted up, I will draw ALL men unto me". It's so not about you and I.
It is admirable to look up to other leaders. The world has correctly interpreted and applied the concept of power in comminity. The more the merrier. It takes a village to raise a child. United we stand, divided we fall. However, when we only look to other people, mentors, parents or coaches as our sole source of confirmation, comfort or acknowledgement, we diminish the potential of God's power in our lives.
Where there is no counsel, the people perish; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. - Proverbs 11:14
People will fail you. The bible is clear when it tells us to commit the gospel into the hands of faithful people who can commit it to other faithful people. It is free to all but only those who embrace & apply it are worth following. Hence the term disciple. This is more than a mere "come to the altar" experience. It is a long term relationship that focuses less and less on the discipler and more and more on Jesus who, in term will send the disciple out to disciple others. When the Lord finds that your growth is now sufficient for multiplication, he sends you to the field to be a seed that is broken but will yield more seed in that sacrifice.
Many have the right idea of small group growth but get uncomfortable with the idea of division but this, you see, is the goal. God never meant for us to be a small cluster of trees in unity. He envisions a forest that is thick and deep encompassing the earth. This is the Kingdom mindset versus ministry growth. God's plan is incomprehensible to the human mind that is why I have to use an analogy to even describe it.
The Lord is waiting to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we can ask or think. He saves us, plants us, grows us, and then sends us to save, plant, grow and send out others. When we stay in one phase we are stagnant and not productive to the Kingdom.
I don't want to be unfruitful. - Tru-Image