What would have happened if Barnabas and Paul had insisted that Antioch (Pisidia), Iconium, Lystra, and Derby be governed from Jerusalem? It would have stifled the spontaneous expansion of God’s work in its movement westward. The gospel would not have reached Rome from Jerusalem in twenty-five years. Instead, they established elders (leaders) in each city from the converts they discipled in only four to five months (Acts 14). If we were to adopt this biblical method today, the speed of evangelism and church planting would accelerate and the task of preaching the gospel to all people groups (Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20) would quickly be finished. Then the Lord will come for His Bride, the church!
Roland Allen, Edited by Sherman Driver