Hero Maker  is the theme for Exponential 2018. The theme focuses on the shift from being the hero to coming alongside others for them to become the heroes in our church’s unfolding story. Marked by a sense of holy and humble tenacity, leaders of a Level 5 multiplying church shift from being the hero and instead leverage their power and influence to become hero makers that lift up and support others. Leading a level 5 multiplying church requires Christ-like humility, dying to self, a God-given, Kingdom vision and a daring shift in the following practices: Multiplication Thinking, Permission Giving, Disciple Multiplying, Gift Activating, and Kingdom Building. Below is a list of resources related to the hero Maker theme.


Exponential Regionals are designed to make the main stage programming at our national event in Orlando more accessible to church leaders in local geographic areas. These gatherings are for leaders who are unable to attend our national event OR need a more affordable option to bring their entire team. These events are shorter in length than our national event to help leaders save on travel expenses BUT are still filled with the full punch of the national event theme. These gatherings include pre-conference equipping labs and 5 main sessions.

Locations: Washington DC, Southern California, Bay Area, Houston, Chicago

Digital Access Pass

This package includes the talks and creative elements from all main sessions at Exponential 2018. Download and use the videos for your personal training, training with your team, or create a custom retreat-type event for your staff or launch teams.

5 Practices of Hero Making

These videos give an overview of the 5 practices for leaders to multiply leaders. Each practice includes a training video from Dave Ferguson, a podcast interview between Dave and a Hero Making leader, and an article about the practice.

Practice 1: Multiplication Thinking

Practice 2: Permission Giving

Practice 3: Disciple Multiplying

Practice 4: Gift Activating

Practice 5: Kingdom Building

Hero Maker Book by Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird

This book provides you with all the principles you need to begin thinking in terms of multiplication, and equips you with invaluable tools – like the “Dream Napkin” – to apply multiplication thinking to your personal ministry. You’ll start maximizing your ministry efforts immediately with multiplication thinking!

Hero Maker Assessment

Our Hero Maker Assessment Tool seeks to measure your personal multiplication leadership capacity. Click here to take the assessment.

Hero Maker Testimonies from National Leaders

Who’s your Hero Maker? That’s exactly what we asked dozens of national leaders like Francis Chan, Matt Chandler, and Louie Giglio, and their responses will have you watching for hours!

Hero Maker Webinars

In these webinars, Dave Ferguson provides an overview of the 5 practices for leaders to multiply leaders, and then opens up the floor for Q&A discussion. Each webinar is unique, offering a different perspective based on the audience’s questions.

Special Podcast with Carey Nieuwhof

Exponential President Dave Ferguson talks about the future of church growth, how to develop leaders and why every leader can have a shot at leaving a legacy of new churches in the future. Listen here.

Interview with Dave Ferguson from Outreach Magazine

This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of Outreach Magazine.

Chapter 7 of Multipliers by Todd Wilson

Multipliers combines the best of Exponential’s multiplication-focused content into one single handbook for aspiring Multipliers that are committed to seeing the Kingdom advance! Chapter 7 is on the shift from Hero to Hero Maker. Read here.

Sample Chapters from Hero Maker by Dave Ferguson & Warren Bird

Chapter 1: Jesus’ Leadership Secret

Chapter 2: The Wrong Questions

Promotional Video by Dave Ferguson

Hear what Hero Maker is about in less than 3 minutes. Watch Dave Ferguson’s overview here.

Blog Posts by Todd Wilson

Hero Maker: Daring to Lead a Level 5 Church

Hero or Hero Maker: Which Will You Be?

Are You a Hero Maker?

Hero Maker Podcast

Exponential CEO Todd Wilson joins Exponential President Dave Ferguson to kick off the Hero Maker podcast series. Here, the two leaders focus on the importance of hero making to Exponential’s “4-10” mission (to see the number of reproducing churches in the United States increase from less than 4 percent to greater than 10 percent) and why these statistics represent a leadership problem in the church.

Other Resources