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Exponential: How You and Your Friends Can Start a Missional Church Movement (Exponential Series) Paperback – April 17, 2010
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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
Jon and Dave Ferguson have been pictures to every young church-planter of the courage, faith, and sacrifice 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 for anyone who has ever wondered if they should start a church. If you are sitting with a dream, read this book at your own risk, but know that it will definitely push you to take the necessary step of faith which will unlock the greatest adventure of your life. -- Jeanne Stevens
The church is a major part of God’s heart for bringing his people back to his love. This book helps us to return to the reproducing-church movement, which is a fulfillment of his great commission. We need to see a greater movement toward reproducing churches around the world, and the only institution that can reproduce church is the local church. -- Marc Choi
This book will be a great tool for young leaders and church planters in Europe. It’s simple, to the point, challenging, and encouraging. I love it. -- N. D. Strupler
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 NewThing 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
Whether pastor, priest, or peasant, we all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. If you’re tired of having God just for yourself, and desire to see your life and your church find their place in God’s magnificent global renaissance, this book is for you. -- Hugh Halter
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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.Read more ›
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
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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This book is an excellent resource on how to practically make church that reproduce other churches, disciples, and leaders. A must read for any church pastor and planter.Published 1 month ago by William Horne
Incredible work that helps a church grow, become and move beyond itselfPublished 4 months ago by Avid Reader
Purchased this book as part of a study group prepping to plant a church. It was informative and an easy read.Published 5 months ago by Jessica and Zach
I love the clear admonition and process of developing leaders and specifically an apprentice. A helpful book for those in ministry.Published 8 months ago by Courtney Solstad
Amazing, applicable, & great read! This is a must read, especially plan to read it with a group of people.Published 10 months ago by Philip B.
Very good in understanding how to grow your church with real resultsPublished 12 months ago by Raymond Holsemback
Wow! Very knowledgeable about church growth and in particular multisite churches!Published 16 months ago by Douglas G Kay