BOOK TOUR — Shift: The Path to Level Five Multiplication, by Dietrich Schindler

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Featuring Dietrich Schindler, Dave Ferguson, and Øivind Augland

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Monday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Shift: The Path to Level Five Multiplication

By: Dietrich Schindler

Shift is a treasure trove of contrarian yet biblical approaches to ministry that will help you rewire your approach on doing church.

These pages are beyond challenging—giving you tried-and-true, practical ways of implementing specific shifts to your ministry focus.

If you are tired and frustrated with living the status quo, this book is for you. It will lift you up, inspire your vision, feed your thirst for application-based truth, and give you a road map of how to do ministry more effectively. If you are like the author, then you are thankful, but not satisfied.

Shift is for the unsatisfied ones of this world. It’s for you!


“For years, Exponential has championed the Level 5 language for multiplication. Many church leaders have found it inspiring but very difficult to attain. Dietrich’s twelve shifts are designed to help you think practically about what’s hindering multiplication in your local church or movement.” 

—Ed Stetzer, Jeff Christopherson, and Daniel Yang, Send Institute


“With the savvy of a seasoned veteran, the wisdom of a sage, and the creativity of a think-tank researcher, Dietrich Schindler challenges us to counterintuitively rethink our approach to church planting.”

—Craig Ott, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, coauthor Global Church Planting

In this new Book Tour series, Exponential is partnering with authors of upcoming and recently released books in the church leadership space in order to equip church leaders to be more fruitful for the cause of disciple making and church multiplication.



Church planter in Germany; author

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Featured Guest

Dietrich Schindler

Dr. Dietrich Schindler is a first generation German American, the son of German immigrant parents who settled near Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1950s. Dietrich was named after Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dietrich is married to Jan and together they have three adult children. Dietrich and Jan have been ministering in Germany as church planters and leaders of church planters since 1985.

Dietrich has dedicated his life to planting churches in Germany, having planted five churches within the Evangelical Free Church of Germany in the cities of Kriftel, Oberursel, Mannheim, Kaiserslautern, and Ramstein. In 2008 Dietrich was appointed the executive director of church planting for the Evangelical Free Church of Germany (Bund freier evangelischer Gemeinden, Witten). Under his leadership the denomination is seeking to plant 100 new churches in Germany in ten years.

Dietrich earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2006, having written a dissertation entitled “Creating and Sustaining a Church Planting Multiplication movement in Germany.” He is also a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div. and M.A. in NT), as well as from Columbia International University (B.A.).

Dietrich is a well known lecturer on church planting, church development and leadership, having ministered in most European countries, the USA and Canada.

Michael Carrion

Michael is the Senior and planting pastor of Promised Land Covenant Church, a missional church in the North and South Bronx. He also serves Redeemer City to City, recruiting and training church planters in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens. He has 25 years of experience in urban ministry, with specific focus and gifting in urban church planting, designing and leading urban charter schools and launching national social justice movements. Michael has received national recognition from the US Government for his work in urban centers, specifically throughout New York City, and has consulted for a variety of church- and faith-based organizations.


Dave Ferguson

Dave Ferguson is an award-winning author, founding and lead pastor of Chicago’s Community Christian Church, a missional multi-site community considered one of the most influential churches in America. Dave is also the visionary for the international church-planting movement NewThing and president of the Exponential Conference.

Øivind Augland

Øivind Augland is together with Jürgen Eisen the initiator for Exponential Europe. He is the founder of M4 CP network in Europe. M4 is today working in 15 different European nations. Øivind has also initiated the NC2P (National Church Planting Process - The goal for the NC2P network in Europe is to mobilize the whole body of Christ in a nation, working together to strategically respond on the need for church planting in the nations. He has been a pastor and church planter within the Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Norway for the last 25 years. Today he is leading the area of church planting in this denomination. He is the founder and part owner of Xpand Norway and Persolog Norway. Øivind's call in life is to bring unity and multiplication. Unity: To bring people from all nations, generations and denominations and ministry to work side-by-side in expanding the Kingdom (Nehemiah 3:1f). Multiplication: Train others who can train others in a life of Grace and Truth. (2 Timothy 2:2). He is married with Linda and have 4 kids ages 25; 22; 20; and 18.

We are better together!

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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