BOOK TOUR — The Starfish and the Spirit: Reimagining the Church as a Decentralized Network

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Featuring Alan Hirsch, Rob Wegner, and Lance Ford

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Monday, March 15 at 4:00 p.m. ET

BOOK TOUR
The Starfish and The Spirit: Reimagining the Church as a Decentralized Network

Featuring: Alan Hirsch, Rob Wegner, and Lance Ford 

Join authors Alan Hirsch, Rob Wegner, and Lance Ford as they discuss this key issue as covered in their upcoming Exponential Series book, The Starfish and The Spirit.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

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.

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).

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?

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.

Guests

Alan Hirsch

Author & founder of 100Movements, Forge Mission Training Network, and Future Travelers

Rob Wegner

Author & founding leader of KC Underground

Lance Ford

Author & co-founder of the Sentralized Conference

Todd Wilson

President & Co-Founder of Exponential

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Host

Keri Ladouceur

Keri Ladouceur has built several ministries over the last 14 years including two of Outreach Magazine's fastest growing churches in America.

She also invested a decade in senior leadership at Willow Creek Community Church, most recently building their leadership pipeline after launching over ninety missional communities. She is currently serving as a pastor at Vineyard Christian Church and the founder of New Ground Network. She and her team co-conspire with pastors and ministry teams across the country in Vision Conviction, Strategic Planning, Alignment, Team Health, Leadership Residency and Equipping so that they can pursue new opportunities for Kingdom Impact. Her passion is to see the local church thrive in each unique context and expression, to partner with God in the redemption and restoration of the world.

Keri is married to Marc and they have two incredible kiddos, Leah and Liam.

Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch is the founder of 100Movements, Forge Mission Training Network, and Future Travelers.

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.

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.

Featured Guests

Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch is the founder of 100Movements, Forge Mission Training Network, and Future Travelers.

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 Wegner

Rob Wegner is a member of Disciples Made’s Executive Team, and is a founding leader of KC Underground – a decentralized network of reproducing disciples, leaders, and microchurches. The forty-year vision is 21,000 microchurches connecting with training Hubs throughout the city, saturating Kansas City with beauty, justice and good news of Jesus.

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 Ford

Lance is the co-founder of the Sentralized Conference in Kansas City. He blogs at www.sentralizedgathering.com. With over two decades experience as a pastor and church planter, Lance is a writer, coach, and consultant who has designed unique training systems currently being used by networks, seminaries, and leaders throughout the world. His passion is to give himself to resourcing and equipping churches and leaders anywhere and everywhere as they develop missional lifestyles.

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.

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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