Hero Maker Practice 2: Permission Giving

The Practice of Permission Giving

June 21, 2018

The Practice of Permission Giving

Hero-makers take the focus off of themselves and emphasize the leadership potential in who God has put around them. This requires that we shift from a posture of seeing others as God’s gift to our thing to seeing ourselves as a gift to others in God’s thing.

We find Jesus modeling permission giving in Matthew 4:19, “Come, follow me … and I will send you out to fish for people.” Jesus sees something within the disciples that they don’t themselves see. He is calling out of them a greater potential for Kingdom impact and giving them permission to lead.

If we want to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and be leadership catalyst – a hero maker in the lives of others – we have to get good at giving permission. We need to stop and take inventory of what God has entrusted us with. Above all, we must give people permission to engage in the mission God has called them to.

Top 3 Permission Giving Resources

Resource 1 – FREE Online Assessment

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Resource 2 – Video Summary

Dave Ferguson provides a brief overview of Permission Giving.

Resource 3 – Audio Interview

Derwin Gray and Exponential President Dave Ferguson discuss the second essential practice in the hero-making process: Permission Giving. Derwin is founding/lead pastor of Transformation Church in Indian Land, South Carolina, author of multiple books, most recently The HD Leader. He’s also lead “permission-giver” at his church.


Click here to download the interview.

Upcoming Articles

Interested in learning more about the journey from hero to hero maker?  Over the coming weeks, I will be walking through the other essential practices, including Disciple Multiplying, Gift Activating, and Kingdom Building.



This post is the continuation of our ongoing series of articles on hero-making. These articles highlight the five essential practices of hero-makers by featuring reflections from my relationship with Bob Buford, a role-model for Christian hero-makers everywhere. Bob recently passed into the arms of Jesus after leaving a profound impact on the U.S. church. Peter Drucker, the father of modern management, once said of Bob, “You are creating a new field of human activity almost. And you are setting standards of effectiveness. I’ve never seen anything as effective in such economy of means as Leadership Network (the ministry Bob founded).” We are dedicating the remaining 2018 Hero Maker events to Bob’s memory.
Todd Wilson

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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