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The Power of the Hidden Influencer Matthew 25:1-13

The Power of the Hidden Influencer

We have a responsibility to build up, not dismantle, the kingdom of God.

At a Glance

In most organizations, including the church, there are certain individuals who might be called "hidden influencers." We speculate that within the two groups of today's gospel text (the wise and the foolish) there might have been hidden influencers as well.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's OT text, see "The Joshua Imperative," November 9, 2008, at

Let's talk about snowballs.

Actually, "snowball sampling." We're not talking about measuring the size and density of actual snowballs. (Note: If you've had an early snowstorm in your region of the country, you might stow a few snowballs of different sizes in a thermo-case, and pull them out as you're speaking.) The snowball in this context is a research tool.

Snowball sampling is used by sociologists for exploratory research.

For example, you're not likely to find a list of homeless people in your city. So how would you develop a ministry to the homeless?

You might use snowball sampling. You would...

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