I've been sharing with smaller circles of people within a church something God has been leading me to do for a while. I feel compelled by God this next year to invest more in LEADERS in our church. Try this Bible Study on for size: Read through the New Testament, and notice all of the times Jesus was trying to get away from the crowds. Why would Jesus run from crowds? Spend more time with the leaders: His closest core of twelve followers. What is our tendency, however, as leaders? The crowds. Draw a crowd. teach to the crowd. Spend time gathering the crowds. At our church, we've always done a great job gathering the crowds. We have NOT always done a great job pulling away from the crowds care for and invest into the leaders. That's why, this year at Mountain Lake, we are entering what we're calling: "The Year of the Leader." This year we will be more intentional about investing into the lives of the leaders in our church, We will communicate at a higher level; we will spend more time with them; and invest into them at a higher, more consistent level. Jesus knew that disciples begins (and ends) with leadership. What about it ministry leader? Are you more focused on the crowds? Or the leaders?