Jon is the co-founding pastor of Community Christian Church in Chicagoland. Community has grown from a handful of people to a church with hundreds of leaders and thousands of people celebrating at 12 locations in Chicagoland. He also leads the team of staff champions for adult, student, children's, and creative arts ministries across all Community locations. Jon is also one of COMMUNITY'S Lead Teaching Pastors. In addition, Jon led in the launch of NewThing, a church-planting movement, whose mission is to be a catalyst for movements of reproducing churches that includes over 150 churches and sites in the US and abroad. Jon still serves as the Movement Architect of NewThing. He has co-authored The Big Idea, Exponential, and he recently authored, with his brother Dave,Finding Your Way Back to God which was recognized as a Resource of the Year by Outreach Magazine for 2016. Their follow-up book, Starting Over – Living Beyond Your Regrets, will be released this fall. Jon holds a BA in Christian Education from Lincoln Christian University and an MA in Spiritual Formation at Wheaton College Graduate School where he is an adjunct professor. He also serves on the Exponential Conference board. He resides in the Lincoln Park Community of Chicago with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Graham and Chloe. You can follow him on his social media links below.

Share Jon Ferguson’s HeroMaker Story


Think about the people who've invested in you and helped you become the person you are today. God puts just the right people, at just the right time, in just the right place, to speak just the right things into our lives. Most of us can name at least three hero-makers who've had a profound impact on who we've become.

Here's the cool thing... God intends for each of us to be hero-makers-- people who make heroes of others. Our greatest legacy in eternity will be measured not by what we've done, but instead by the people we've invested in. The key question is this... will we see ourselves as the HERO at the center of our story, or will we be the HEROMAKER of others at the center of God's story?

Multiplication starts in the heart of the leader. It starts with each of us surrendering the "hero complex" to a better way. It requires that we shift from being heroes to becoming hero-makers of others. We must put to death measures of success that require us to win, opting instead to assist others in winning.

HeroMaker Conference

Our Exponential 2018 theme is "HeroMaker." We're addressing five practices that are essential in moving from being heroes to becoming the HeroMakers God intended for us to be. The 5 practices include: Multiplication Thinking, Permission Giving, Disciple Multiplying, Gift Activating, and Kingdom Building

Conference highlights include:

  • Same high-quality theme programming as our national events
  • Designed for teams (24 hour format and special pricing)
  • Convenient locations: 5 cities across the U.S.
  • FREE pre-conference equipping labs
  • 10+ speakers, 5 main sessions
  • 5 essential practices for multiplying leaders
  • 100s of church multiplication leaders
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Your HeroMaker Story

Please tell us your HeroMaker story!

  • Use your smartphone or the webcam on your computer to record a 1-2 minute video clip, similar to the one above. Identify a person who has helped shape you into the person you are today. Tell how that person had a significant impact on you.
  • Share your video on Twitter, Facebook and / or Instagram. Use the hashtags #HeroMaker and #Exponential.
  • Send an email to to give us the link to your video. We will select specific videos to feature on our website and in our weekly newsletter. Your posted video gives you a chance to win FREE tickets to an Exponential HeroMaker event.