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Product Details

  • Series: Exponential Series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310326788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310326786
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave and Jon Ferguson are two of the most gifted and innovative church planters I know. Their new book, Exponential, will give you practical steps and essential spiritual insights to plant a life giving and reproducing church. --Craig Groeschel, Pastor of Lifechurch.tv; and Author of It

Dave and Jon Ferguson work on reproducing leaders and catalyzing movements has the great potential to awaken the sleeping giant of the American Chruch. It is a timely word for our generation of church leaders. --Matt Carter, The Austin Stone Community Church

Dave and Jon Ferguson are the poster children for ministry reproduction. It's what they live and breathe. Their story of the lessons learned launching Community Christian Church and the New Thing Network will inspire and instruct anyone who longs for a genuinely reproducing ministry. But be forewarned, reading this book might do more. Who knows, it just might unleash the unique ministry dream God has birthed in your own heart as well. --Larry Osborne, Pastor and Author, North Coast Church

Jon & Dave Ferguson have been pictures and pillars to every young church planter of the kind of courage, faith, and sacrifice that is needed to start a missional reproducing movement in the Church. They are passionate about helping people find their way back to God and this book should be required reading to anyone that has ever wondered if they should start a church. If you are sitting with a dream - read at your own risk - but know that this book will definitely push you to take the necessary step of faith which will unlock the greatest adventure of your life. --Jeanne Stevens. Lead Pastor, Soul City Church

To the pastor, priest, or peasant, we all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. If you're tired of God just for yourself, and desire to see your life and your church find it's place on God's magnificent global renaissance, this book is for you. --Hugh Halter, Author of AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church


Exponential is filled with practical examples, compelling vision, and inspiring stories. It will provoke you to reproduce everything at a time when so many churches are not even adding. Jon and Dave are not just theorists. I’ve seen their ministry up close, and they deeply care that people find their way back to God. -- Ed Stetzer

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Dave and Jon Ferguson have written an excellent book entitled "Exponential."
Rusty Posey
The authors write out of a great deal of experience and the book is sown with practical ideas, good rules of thumb that have served the authors well.
This is a great book, i'd recommend all church leaders to read it and implement what they can to improve their impact!
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
The brothers Ferguson have given the church a book with the singular aim of demonstrating as the sub-title states: How you and your friends can start a missional church movement. Much of the book is their own experience in the Chicago area of developing a missional movement of local churches.

The book is divided into four parts as the authors broaden the intended sphere of influence as a movement grows and to explain the "Reproducing Principles" for building a successful movement according to Acts 1:8.

Movements Start with 1 - The authors claim a new paradigm is needed to reach the ends of the earth and requires a three-fold vision: impact others for Christ; plan on reproducing, not growing large; be a catalyst to reproduce churches.

With that in mind, understand the leadership path in order to increase momentum:
Individual - Apprentice - Leader - Coach - Director - Campus Pastor/Church Planter - Network Leader

The plan is to reproduce leaders and is based on Christ's calling and sending disciples in Mark 3:13-15.

The authors move on to explain the necessity of apprentices. They acknowledge that the word disciple is biblical but has poor or suspect connotations in modern culture (i.e., use relevant terms). A part of apprenticeship is the big dream. Big dreams (like going to the ends of the earth with the gospel) are stimulating and contagious. Use that to motivate the three aspects of being spirit-led, missional, and reproducing.

The last two chapters of the section deal with reproducing leaders and artists (read musicians). The chapters are similar in direction and intent and vary only in how to balance excellence in reproducing with excellence in execution.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carter D. Moss on May 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I love this book. It really covers an incredible amount of information (they didn't "save" some of it for another book!). This covers the strategy, skills, Biblical principles and vision from beginning with individual Christians, to small groups, to campuses, to churches, to networks, to movements (and everything in between). And all throughout, everything is backed up with real-life stories, Biblical foundations, practical steps, and even humor! Dave & Jon have an obvious chemistry in their writing.
The discussion questions at the end are also very helpful for individuals, teams, or small groups.
By the end of this book, you will have written your God-given dream out on a napkin, and begun to gather friends together to see it become reality. I guess me and my friends really can start a movement!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Orrin Woodward on January 24, 2012
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The authors capture the need for community in our atomized culture. While so many pastor's and elders are playing church on Sunday, the Ferguson's have reached out to a hurting world. Although my preferred style of worship may be different than what is described in the book, I commend the authors for thinking about how to reach a lost world, rather than just sitting back and watching the world rot.

Small groups are a key community building piece that magnifies the messages of the church into the daily lives of the people in local communities. Starting with just a couple of hundred people, the Ferguson's have grown a community to over 30,000! It's hard to argue with these type of numbers, and when small groups are combined with a solid gospel message, lives are changed. Isn't this the goal of the church? If the gates of hell cannot stand against it, then we must enter into our local communities and this is what the book describes.

So many people throw the baby out with the bath water. This isn't a good leadership principle, especially when it relates to this book, since there are so many solid principles of duplication and reproduction of leaders in the book. By combining leadership and community with the enduring Gospel, the authors have provided a road map for twenty-first century church. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Doug Leddon on May 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book that I thoroughly enjoyed AND learned from. It's a book that is an inspiring personal story of a couple of brothers and their friends who started a church and dared to dream big - God size big! It's a guide/reference book on what they did as leaders to make this multi-site missional church take root - and it continues to change and grow. And it's simple. The thoughts and ideas fit on a napkin! The strategies, practices and principles in this book are logical, and reproducible - absolutely essential to making this movement Exponential! I've met the Fergusons and I know that they live and breathe this missional, reproducing church movement. It is at the very core of their being. They are all about helping people find their way back to God. And they realize that to do that, it will take way more than just them. They need to reproduce leaders, coaches, artists, venues, sites, churches, and networks. This book tells you how they are doing this reproducing and how you can, too. The sub-title says it all - How You and Your Friends Can Start a Missional Church Movement. Well written, funny, informational. It is a book you will read and then use as a reference guide in the future as you and your friends start your missional movement!
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