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Publication Date: 2010
Jesus challenges us to heal the hurting, feed the hungry, include the lonely, and help people find their way back to God. Most people listen to the missional challenge of Jesus as if it were a good motivational talksomething to inspire us, but not something we can actually achieve. Others hear the challenge of Jesus and become frustrated with how little theyve done. The mission Jesus gave us was not just meant to inspire us, nor was it intended to frustrate us. Jesus gave us this mission because he wants us to actually do it! Within each person lies a potential movement that could change the world. The beginning of such a movement is simple: you living a life as a Christ follower that is worth reproducing. You will reproduce what you say. You will reproduce what you do. You will reproduce what you dont do. You will reproduce who you are. Each of us has the ability to catalyze a movement that can accomplish the mission of Jesus. Some of us have the ability to impact 10 people; some of us have influence over hundreds, while others have the potential to reach thousands. The Rapidly Reproducing Church will present a Biblical strategy that explains how every Christ follower can successfully reproduce himself and maximize his impact for the kingdom of God. The purpose of this book is to communicate a simple strategy that will engage every Christ follower and challenge every leader to become a reproducing leader. Our hope is that every church will become a reproducing church. This book will lay out a brief, but solid theology for a reproducing strategy and then give very practical how-tos for reproducing Christ followers, leaders, artists, groups/teams, venues, sites, churches and networks of churches. Weaved throughout this book will be the amazing story of Community Christian Church, started by five friends who used these reproducing strategies to grow one of the most influential churches in the U.S and develop a network of reproducing churches.
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, childrens, 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.
JennyFort Wayne, INAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent book on church planting.April 14, 2011JennyFort Wayne, INAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Excellent book on church planting and right attitudes in replicating ministry.
Chris LandWichita Falls, TxAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5June 18, 2010Chris LandWichita Falls, TxAge: 25-34Gender: maleThis 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.
Steve Bricker3 Stars Out Of 5June 17, 2010Steve BrickerThe 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.
Alan Johnston5 Stars Out Of 5June 11, 2010Alan JohnstonAh, 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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