Multiplication

BECOMING a Level FIVE Multiplying Church

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In this new book, Exponential co-founders Todd Wilson and Dave Ferguson introduce and explore Exponential’s focus and theme for 2016: Becoming Five. Becoming a Level Five Multiplying Church continues a conversation started in the 2014 Exponential book Spark: Igniting a Culture of Multiplication, drilling down into more detail focusing on how we can each play our part in moving the needle on church multiplication. While Spark introduced these three core elements of culture, in this book Todd and Dave press more deeply into how we live them out. In this expanded version, Alan Hirsch also provides an additional chapter & comments throughout the book.

Focusing on the specifics of helping churches identify where they are on the multiplication scale (Levels 1 – 5) and what’s needed to become a Level 5 multiplying church, Todd and Dave champion multiplication and equip future church multipliers to move beyond the prevailing addition-growth scorecards. The bottom line, the authors say, is that we need to rethink the operating system that’s producing growth but not producing multiplication—and aim for more healthy Kingdom growth that’s focused on multiplication.

Becoming Five is the theme for both Exponential East 2016 & Exponential West 2016. To dive deeper into how to become a level 5 multiplying church, you can register for either conference, which features speakers like Matt Chandler, Brian Houston, and J.D. Greear.

Note: The book is positioned as a “field guide” to help leaders compare and contrast the differences between subtraction, addition and multiplication cultures. (You’ll find plenty of real-life examples and stories of multiplying churches in Exponential’s upcoming FREE eBook series starting fall 2015!)

Key Takeaways:

  • Insightful interactive quizzes to help you assess your thinking and beliefs about church multiplication
  • a new framework and vocabulary for multiplying churches, including a framework for balancing addition and multiplication for healthy growth
  • a framework for discerning five different levels of multiplication
  • five actions needed to move the needle on multiplication and close the gap between our aspirations (what we want to be) and our practices (what we’re actually doing).
  • a thorough exploration of three core tensions that all leaders will face in their journey toward becoming a Level 5 multiplying church.
  • helpful appendix offering detailed descriptions of the five levels of multiplying churches—equipping any church to identify where it is currently and the practices needed to move to the next levels.
  • information about a new assessment tool for helping leaders discern which of the five levels of multiplication (Levels 1 – 5) their church is currently living out
Todd Wilson
Todd is a Kingdom entrepreneur. He spends the majority of his time starting and working with organizations committed to Kingdom impact and multiplication. Todd is a founding member of Exponential, which organizes and hosts the annual Exponential conference in Orlando and live events throughout the United States and world. Todd serves as President and CEO of Exponential, providing vision and strategic direction to the organization. Todd lives in Durham, NC, with his wife, Anna. They have two sons and two daughters-in-law: Ben & Therese and Chris & Mariah, and an amazing grandson Evan.
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Dave Ferguson
Dave Ferguson is the lead pastor of Community Christian Church, an innovative multi-site missional community that is passionate about "helping people find their way back to God." Community has grown from a few college friends to thousands every weekend meeting at multiple locations in the Chicago area and has been recognized as one of America's most influential churches. Dave provides visionary leadership for NewThing, a global movement of multiplying churches. He is the president and board chair for Exponential, the largest church planting conference in the world and is on the board of Leadership Network. He is also an adjunct professor at Wheaton Graduate School and an award-winning author of eight books, including Hero Maker: 5 Essential Practices for Leaders to Multiply Leaders. Dave and his wife, Sue, live in Naperville IL. They have three adult children - Amy, Joshua and Caleb.
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Alan Hirsch
Alan is the 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. Alan Hirsch is the author of 5Q: Reactivating the Original Intelligence and Capacity of the Body of Christ and The Forgotten Ways, and is the 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); and The Permanent Revolution (with Tim Catchim).
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