Exponential: How You and Your Friends Can Start a Missional Church Movement  -     By: Dave Ferguson, Jon Ferguson
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Exponential: How You and Your Friends Can Start a Missional Church Movement

Zondervan / 2010 / Paperback

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Maximize your impact for the kingdom of God with this dynamic discipleship program! Drawing on the amazing story of the influential Community Christian Church, the Fergusons challenge you to become a "reproducing leader" and share their strategies for generating Christ followers, leaders, artists, teams, venues, sites, congregations, and networks of churches. 192 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0310326788
ISBN-13: 9780310326786
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Series: Leadership Network Exponential

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Authors Dave and Jon Ferguson communicate a simple strategy that will engage millions of Christ followers and challenge every church leader to become a reproducing follower and leader. Exponential lays out a brief but solid theology for a reproducing strategy, giving practical “how-to’s” for reproducing Christ followers, leaders, artists, groups/teams, venues, sites, churches, and networks of churches. Weaved throughout this book is the amazing story of Community Christian Church, which was started by five friends who used the reproducing strategies found in Exponential to grow one of the most influential churches in the U.S. and develop a network of reproducing churches. Many of today’s Christians consider the missional challenge of Jesus—feed the hungry, comfort the lonely, bring people to God’s Word—as inspirational but not something that’s achievable. Or, they’ve heard the challenge of Jesus and are frustrated with how little they’ve done. Jesus gave his followers this mission because he wants them to hear it, be inspired, and then actually do it … Exponential will show them how. Exponential is the anchor book in the Exponential Series.

Author Bio

Dave Ferguson is a spiritual entrepreneur and the lead pastor of Community Christian Church, an innovative multi-site missional church with eleven locations in Chicago. Dave is the movement leader for NewThing, an international network of reproducing churches. He is also the coauthor of The Big Idea. Check out the latest from Dave on his blog (www.daveferguson.org) or follow his everyday adventures on twitter @daveferguson. Jon Ferguson is the cofounding pastor of Community Christian Church - a multi-site church in the Chicago Metro Area. He serves as teaching pastor and leads the Strategic Team of staff champions for adult, student, children’s, and creative arts ministries across all CCC locations. Jon is the cofounder and movement architect of NewThing, whose mission is "to be a catalyst for a movement of reproducing churches." He also serves on the boards of the Exponential Network and Stadia East and is an adjunct professor at Wheaton College Graduate School in the Evangelism and Leadership Department. Jon previously coauthored The Big Idea with Dave.

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  1. Jenny
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book on church planting.
    April 14, 2011
    Jenny
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent book on church planting and right attitudes in replicating ministry.
  2. Chris Land
    Wichita Falls, Tx
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 18, 2010
    Chris Land
    Wichita Falls, Tx
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    This book centers on the idea of how to start a missional church, which is being more of the norm for new churches. The first chapter talks about how the dream of a missional church starts with you. The Ferguson boys (I know it sounds like a Southern Gospel group or a Tag-Team from TNA) wrote about how they got the idea for their church. They did not share there story just to boast in what God has done in their church, but to share the leadership lessons they have learned as they started this church. The next two chapters deal with the path of leadership and getting apprentices (not the way Donald Trump does it) to follow the dream. The rest of the book deals with the idea of reproducing. Reproducing leaders, artists (I loved the chapter on artist because we need them and their gifts to promote the gospel), groups, missional teams, and sites (hint: Multi-site like Mars Hill Church and Lifechurch). Basically it was this whole idea of being a reproducing church.This book was good for church leaders to read but we should not think that everyone is called to start a church and/or a multi-campus church.
  3. Steve Bricker
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    June 16, 2010
    Steve Bricker
    The brothers Ferguson have given the church a book with the singular aim of demonstrating as the sub-title states: How you and your friends can start a missional church movement.The book is divided into four parts as the authors broaden the intended sphere of influence as a movement grows according to Acts 1:8.Movements Start with 1 The authors claim a new paradigm is needed to reach the ends of the earth and requires a three-fold vision.The plan is to reproduce leaders and is based on Christ's calling and sending disciples in Mark 3:13-15.The authors move on to explain the necessity of apprentices with a big dream. Big dreams (like going to the ends of the earth with the gospel) are stimulating and contagious.Reproducing Tribes of 10-100 The focus of this section is reproducing small groups and implementing coaches to help the group leaders effectively lead. The biblical basis given is Acts 2:42-47.The authors are correct to point out the strengths of this group size. The 3 C's can be easily practiced and the body edified. For certain, new groups are somewhat stilted and not have the free flowing of spiritual gifts and expression. Connections are easy enough, but celebration and contribution need to be built up. As a group matures, these areas level out.I wondered why the authors bothered to continue writing about larger groups. Obviously, they had tapped into and described the most effective unit of measure for a local church.Also, it is apparent that the authors understand worship to be only singing led by a polished band singing pop-church material so the congregation can sing and raise their hands and not think about what the lyrics are.Reproducing communities of 100-1,000 This section is dedicated to setting up multi-site churches. And since multi-site is the current wave in evangelical circles, it must be worthwhile. Here the book fails miserably.
  4. Alan Johnston
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 11, 2010
    Alan Johnston
    Ah, math days. You remember...add, subtract, multiply, divide, trig, calculus, geometry, and exponents? You don't remember exponents? Well, by one definition, they are 'shorthand for repeated multiplication of the same thing by itself.' They're used in economics, biology, physics and chemistry. And churches should strive for exponential growth as well. That's the premise of Dave and Jon Ferguson's book Exponential: How You and Your Friends Can Start a Missional Church Movement.They share stories from their own experiences as church planters, injecting real-world experiences and examples, insights they have learned and applied through their church (Community Christian Church in the Chicago area) and network of church plants (New Thing), biblical principles, and humor to challenge us to think exponentially about growth, church plants and reproducing. The way they divide the book into sections that start small (Movements begin with 1) and grow progressively bigger and more visionary (all the way to Reproducing Movements of 10,000s) makes for an easy read whether already ingrained in church planting or merely curious.They begin with a challenge that it begins with you, the reader, and a vision from God. They progress through chapters on leadership and apprenticeship, into the remaining chapters having to do with reproducing in various ways (leaders, artists, groups, sites, churches, networks, movement, etc.). Along the way, they share their stories, and the principles they have learned and applied in their own setting and taught and trained others to use as well.The results speak for themselves...Community Christian Church and its network are models of reproduction and they live out the principles shared in these pages. They end challenging the reader, that wherever he or she is along the process, it's time to get moving and doing what God has called, and a reminder that it can be done, and you can be the one to see it happen, so get out there and do it.
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