Special invitation from Kenji
Kenji Adachi, pastor of All Peoples Community Church and church planter, is one of our 50+ speakers at the Exponential Regionals this fall.
LEADING AS A DISCIPLE MULTIPLIER
Kenji Adachi, All Peoples Community Church
Would you rather be a Super Bowl MVP quarterback or the head coach of a Super Bowl team? Joe Montana was a three-time Super Bowl MVP Quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. Bill Walsh was the former head coach for the 49ers (Btw – I’m a Dallas Cowboy apologist). They both won championships together. Same team, same goals. Wouldn’t you want to be the hero, the Super Bowl MVP, than the coach?
“Joe Montana” and “Bill Walsh” are two paradigms to discipleship and church planting. Both are successful, but one is a true level five multiplier. Coach Walsh has directly “discipled” 12 NFL coaches who served as his assistant coaches. In addition, there are 32 NFL coaches, third and fourth generation disciples in his coaching tree that have impacted countless NFL players and personnel. This is multiplication. This is a hero maker. In the Church, we don’t have to win Super Bowls or know how to run the “West Coast Offense,” but to be faithful in entrusting what we have learned to faithful men and women who will be able to teach others (2 Timothy 2:2).
This is the “Middle East Offense” – a multiplication mindset that began with the Lord Jesus spending three years of his life into twelve men. There were enough headaches and heartaches to prune the branches from the discipleship tree. But once the Holy Spirit enabled and empowered them to abide; they bore much fruit to the Father’s glory (John 15:8). Multiplication took time for Jesus. It takes time for us – five, ten years beyond our discipleship investments.
Last month, All Peoples Community Church (APCC), a small and young church plant of 1.5 years, sent Aaron Nichols, his family, and a team to plant a Mosaic City Church in one of the fastest growing areas in the Washington, D.C. metro. Aaron joined APCC to be a church plant resident ten months ago. But this seed to multiply began fourteen years ago when I began discipling him as a freshman at George Mason University. This discipleship group grew every year adding young men – many who became disciple makers and are now leaders in our church plant. We all marvel at how God built His church through a bunch of knuckleheads. If you were to ask how, who, or what, the answer is multiplication through discipleship. Yesterday’s disciples, are today’s disciple makers, church leaders, and church planters. We don’t need MVPs but hero makers who believe in the “Middle East Offense.”
Join Kenji and other speakers at the DC regional conference!
Hero Maker Conferences
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. At each conference, we will unpack the 5 essential practices for leaders to multiply leaders: multiplication thinking, permission giving, disciple multiplying, gift activating, and kingdom building.
|5 Main Sessions||10+ Speakers||FREE Equipping Labs|
Other Regional Conference Locations
- Washington, DC: September 10-11
- Southern California: October 2-4
- Bay Area: October 22-23
- Houston: October 24-25
- Chicago: November 6-7
- New York City: December 5-6
To learn more and to register for any of the 2018 Hero Maker conferences, click here.