One of the best ways I have found to learn about a new topic or area of interest that I want to implement in my life is to study models of others that have done so successfully. I usually try to find patterns and themes in that model that I can digest and integrate into my own approach so that I eventually have something that fits with my personality and circumstances. I don’t believe there are cookie-cutter approaches to most things and trying to find a silver bullet to solve a complex problem is usually a fools errand.
When it comes to growing my sphere of influence by developing a platform there are a few models that I have looked at that I will be sharing with you on this blog over time. They are from a wide variety of fields and formats but I felt the first one we should look at is an ancient one from the Bible. I believe this model is timeless and can be relevant to you even if Christianity is not your faith tradition.
When you examine the life of Jesus and His message in three years of focused ministry on earth there are some very clear themes that are parallel to building a movement today. With very limited resources and a very humble beginning, He was able to systematically build a following that has only continued to grow more than two thousand years later. He definitely had and continues to have a tribe.
Yes (if you believe as I do), He had the advantage of being the Son of God, but even if you just study what He did with an eye for some patterns that can be applied today, a model for your platform will emerge which I think you will see is very simple to grasp and will help to give you a roadmap that you can build on for yourself.
Over the next few posts, I will begin to paint this picture using the Gospel according to Luke chapter 4. If you would like to read ahead, you can find it here.