The following is a guest blog post by Nancy Ortberg, CEO of Transforming the Bay with Christ.

They are in their late 70’s. They have raised three now-grown children and yet nearly every Sunday this couple is pushing a baby stroller into the nursery before they settle in for the worship service. Just a few months ago I saw them with their 103rd foster baby.

For years now Dave and Shirley Bostic have given themselves to a sacrificial availability in the care for and nurture of babies whose families need some time to get their lives in order. The fact that they will probably never land on the cover of Time Magazine may say something profound about the typical heroes we worship.

Mary Goerz is a woman in her 80’s who just as recently as five years ago lost four members of her immediate family in such horrific ways it knocked her to the ground. Over time, through shock, grief, anger and everything in between, her feet touched the bedrock of God. These people are heroes to me because with enough sacrifice and suffering they have tested the truth of the gospel and found it can bear the weight…found that is strong enough to hold and buoy, repair and redeem.

These people are heroes to me because being in proximity I find the most noble parts of my soul, dormant and not fully formed, are trembling to wake and follow. I see in them this vision of who someone can be when they scratch and kneel to follow God.

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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.

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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

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Your HeroMaker Story

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  • 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.
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