Monday, March 29 at 4:00 p.m. ET
The Starfish and the Spirit: Creating a Culture for Multiplying Disciples
Featuring: Rob Wegner, Lance Ford, Myron Pierce, and Bill Couchenour
Leveraging the metaphor Ori Brafman popularized in his NYT best-selling book, The Starfish and the Spider, Rob Wegner, Lance Ford, and Alan Hirsch show why the distributed structures of starfish organizations are uniquely fit to the church. They can function without a rigid central authority, and their regenerative abilities make them nimbler in reacting to external forces. Seeding starfish networks inside today’s churches will prepare the church of tomorrow to be agile while still maintaining the necessary accountability to be effective.
“The Starfish and the Spirit is a handbook for movement making.”
—Dave Ferguson, lead visionary of NewThing & Co-Founder of Exponential
Rather than advocating the adoption of a starfish structure in place of the hierarchy of the spider, Wegner, Ford, and Hirsch emphasize the advantages of adapting the structure and order inherent in a spider organization toward a hybrid model–either a Spiderfish approach (leaning toward centralization) or a Starder approach (leaning toward decentralization).
“I could recommend twenty good books… or you could just read this one.”
—Brian Sanders, founder of the Underground Network
The Starfish and the Spirit is about creating a culture where church leaders view themselves as curators of a community on mission, not the source of certainty for every question and project. It is about creating a team of humble leaders “in the middle” of the church, not at the top–leaders who naturally reproduce multiple generations of leaders, from the middle out on mission. Imagine a church led by a team whose gifts and talents are completely unleashed, enabling everyone to show up and step up with all they really are. The joy and vigor coming from the collective strength, intelligence, and skill in the community of leaders not only brings greater potency but better yields for your ministry as well. What would it be like to see this kind of healthy leadership reproduced into the second, third, and fourth generation, on multiple strands?
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Hirsch is the author of 5Q: Reactivating the Original Intelligence and Capacity of the Body of Christ, The Forgotten Ways; co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come, ReJesus and The Faith of Leap. (with Michael Frost); Untamed (with Debra Hirsch); Right Here, Right Now (with Lance Ford): On the Verge (with Dave Ferguson); The Permanent Revolution (with Tim Catchim).
Alan is founder of 5Q Collective and resident coach and consultant with the team. The 5Q Collective aims to create a training options where fivefold imagination and practice can be activated and developed throughout the Body of Christ.
His experience includes leading a local church movement among the marginalized, developing training systems for innovative missional leadership (Forge Mission Training Network), and heading up the mission and revitalization work of his denomination. Over the last six years Alan has been helping existing large churches transition towards missional movement through paradigm shifting process in Future Travelers. His major focus at this critical point is on founding and developing 100Movements (100M), an organization committed to reanimating authentic transformative missional movements around the six elements of mDNA through a process of deep change. Church Resource Ministries (CRM) is Alan's formal sponsor and employer in the US. Alan's role with CRM is in missional leadership development.
Rob served as Teaching Pastor at Granger Community Church (Granger, IN) for 21 years, and helped start Monroe Circle Community Center, a hub for neighborhood renewal in the inner city of South Bend, IN, and at Westside Family Church in KC, for five years. Rob also serves as Global Catalyst for Relationships and Reproduction for New Thing. New Thing is a network of over 1,400 churches committed to planting churches that reproduce at every level.
Rob is an author, his latest books are Find You Place (co-written with Brian Phipps), Made for More (Exponential Theme Book 2018), and The Starfish and the Spirit.
Rob and Michelle have three amazing young daughters— Madeline, Whitney and Belle. As a family, they love living deeply in their neighborhood, hiking, photography, and being silly together.
Lance holds a Masters Degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. His book, Right Here Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People, was co-authored with Alan Hirsch. He serves on the National Leadership team for Forge America Missional Training Network.
He graduated from Grace University with a degree in biblical studies, and business leadership. He's written two books, started two churches, three businesses, and a nonprofit entrepreneurial incubator. His life's mission is to inspire hope in the heart of every person he meets. He's taken the life-transforming power of Christ and, his message of hope to thousands of people.