Five Essential Practices for Leaders to Multiply Leaders
WHO: Dave Ferguson, president of Exponential and lead pastor of Community Christian Church in Chicago, and his coauthor Warren Bird, primary researcher and writer for Leadership Network.
THEY SAY: “Everyone wants to be a hero, yet only a few understand the power of being a hero maker—a leader who shifts from being the hero to making others the hero in God’s unfolding story.”
THE BIG IDEA: Whether you lead 10 people or 10,000, you maximize your leadership when you become a hero maker. In doing so, you will also help shift today’s church culture to a model of reproduction and multiplication—God’s power and purpose are best revealed when we train and release others, who in turn do likewise.
Part 1 issues the challenge to become a hero maker, drawing on the secret of Jesus’ leadership success—after all, the church stands today on this foundation of equipping leaders to equip leaders.
Part 2 explores the five essential practices of hero making: thinking in terms of multiplication; creating “permission,” and so releasing people into ministry; a pattern of disciple-making that leads us to perceive it as apprenticeship; changing our focus from filling seats to affirming gifts and sending people out into ministry; and kingdom building as opposed to just expanding that one local church—the authors’ simple scoreboard.
Part 3 explores the results of creating a culture of hero making in our sphere of influence and presses toward a church-multiplication mindset.