Are You a 4th Seed Leader?
Identify, Recruit, and Train Your 4th Seed Leaders
In the United States there are 350,000 churches (average attendance of about 100), and 108,000,000 men 15 years of age and older. We estimate that 1% of these men are 4th seed leaders—leaders passionate about reaching men for Jesus Christ. That would be about one million men—roughly three per church. Also, many women are passionate about seeing men find faith.
What Is a 4th Seed Leader?
In the parable of the sower Jesus described four seeds. Of the 4th seed he said, “But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown” (Matthew 13:23).
A 4th seed leader is a person who “gets” the gospel, lives in the overflow of a vibrant relationship with Jesus, increasingly feels humbled by the grace of God, and, ultimately, feels like they will explode unless they can lead others to Christ and help them grow. 4th seed leaders must share the gospel, or they cannot be happy. They want to “bear much fruit, showing themselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8). How much fruit? 100, 60, or 30 times what was sown.
Identify Your 4th Seed Leaders
Some leaders will content themselves to reaching a circle of 3, 6, or even 10 people. Let’s applaud this—better 6 souls than the “0” that many Christians reproduce. But to achieve Christ’s vision “to make disciples” of every willing man, woman, and child we also need leaders who DREAM BIG, THINK BIG, RISK BIG.
Look for leaders who want to reach your entire church, your whole city, all their peers. Look for leaders who want to reach 30, 60, 100 or more souls for Jesus Christ. Look for leaders who “dream big, think big, risk big.”
Let’s say you made a list of 12 prospective leaders. You took them to lunch and shared your vision. You end up with a circle of 6 likeminded leaders. Now what? Go take some leadership training together. Bring a group through the leadership training we offer at Man in the Mirror’s Leadership Training Center or choose another quality leadership training program.
But do it as a “team”. Nothing demoralizes quite like attending training alone, getting fired up, and then not being able to translate it to your cohorts back home. The by-product of training “together”—the ability to talk the same language, feel the same passion, be on the same page—may actually be more valuable than the training itself.
For the glory of Christ and no other reason,