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BECOMING a Level FIVE Multiplying Church

Todd Wilson, Dave Ferguson and Alan Hirsch

In this new book, Exponential co-founders Todd Wilson and Dave Ferguson introduce and explore Exponential’s focus and theme for 2016: Becoming Five. Becoming a Level Five Multiplying Church continues a conversation started in the 2014 Exponential book Spark: Igniting a Culture of Multiplication, drilling down into more detail focusing on how we can each play our part in moving the needle on church multiplication. While Spark introduced these three core elements of culture, in this book Todd and Dave press more deeply into how we live them out. In this expanded version, Alan Hirsch also provides an additional chapter & comments throughout the book.

Focusing on the specifics of helping churches identify where they are on the multiplication scale (Levels 1 - 5) and what’s needed to become a Level 5 multiplying church, Todd and Dave champion multiplication and equip future church multipliers to move beyond the prevailing addition-growth scorecards. The bottom line, the authors say, is that we need to rethink the operating system that’s producing growth but not producing multiplication—and aim for more healthy Kingdom growth that’s focused on multiplication.

Becoming Five is the theme for both Exponential East 2016 & Exponential West 2016. To dive deeper into how to become a level 5 multiplying church, you can register for either conference, which features speakers like Matt Chandler, Brian Houston, and J.D. Greear.

Note: The book is positioned as a “field guide” to help leaders compare and contrast the differences between subtraction, addition and multiplication cultures. (You’ll find plenty of real-life examples and stories of multiplying churches in Exponential’s upcoming FREE eBook series starting fall 2015!)

Key Takeaways:

  • Insightful interactive quizzes to help you assess your thinking and beliefs about church multiplication
  • a new framework and vocabulary for multiplying churches, including a framework for balancing addition and multiplication for healthy growth
  • a framework for discerning five different levels of multiplication
  • five actions needed to move the needle on multiplication and close the gap between our aspirations (what we want to be) and our practices (what we’re actually doing).
  • a thorough exploration of three core tensions that all leaders will face in their journey toward becoming a Level 5 multiplying church.
  • helpful appendix offering detailed descriptions of the five levels of multiplying churches—equipping any church to identify where it is currently and the practices needed to move to the next levels.
  • information about a new assessment tool for helping leaders discern which of the five levels of multiplication (Levels 1 - 5) their church is currently living out

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Author(s)

Todd Wilson
Exponential Director, Author

Todd Wilson is co-founder and director of Exponential (exponential.org), a community of activists devoted to church multiplication. The international organization’s core focus is distributing resources for church multiplication leaders.

Todd received his B.S. in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree equivalent from the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. For 15 years, he served in the Division of Naval Reactors on nuclear submarine design, operation, maintenance, and overhaul.

After a two-year wrestling match with God, Todd entered full-time vocational ministry as the executive pastor at New Life Christian Church where he played a visionary and strategic role for several years as New Life grew and implemented key initiatives such as multisite, externally focused outreach, and church planting. His passion for starting healthy new churches continues to grow. Todd now spends most of his energy engaged in a wide range of leading-edge and pioneering initiatives aimed at helping catalyze movements of healthy, multiplying churches.

Todd has written/co-written multiple books, including Stories of Sifted (with Eric Reiss), Spark: Igniting a Culture of Multiplication, Becoming a Level Five Multiplying Church (with Dave Ferguson), and More: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure (Zondervan Publishing).

Todd is married to Anna, and they have two sons, Ben and Chris, and a beautiful daughter-in-law, Mariah (married to Chris).

Dave Ferguson
Author

Dave Ferguson is the lead pastor of COMMUNITY, an innovative multisite missional church passionate about “helping people find their way back to God.” COMMUNITY has grown from a few college friends to thousands every weekend meeting at 14 locations throughout Chicagoland and was recognized as one of the most influential churches in America. Dave provides visionary leadership for NewThing whose dream is to be a catalyst for a movement of reproducing churches. He is an award-winning author of books such as The Big Idea, Exponential, On The Verge and the eBooks Discover Your Mission Now and Keeping Score.

Alan Hirsch
Missional Guru

Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network. Currently he co-leads Future Travelers, an innovative learning program helping megachurches become missional movements. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is considered to be a thought leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world.

Hirsch is the author of The Forgotten Ways and The Forgotten Ways Handbook; co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come, ReJesus and The Faith of Leap (with Michael Frost); Untamed (with Debra Hirsch); Right Here, Right Now (with Lance Ford); On the Verge (with Dave Ferguson); and  The Permanent Revolution (with Tim Catchim). His experience includes leading a local church movement among the marginalized, developing training systems for innovative missional leaders, and heading up the mission and revitalization work of his denomination.

Alan is co-founder and adjunct faculty for the M.A. in Missional Church Movements at Wheaton College (Illinois). He is also adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, George Fox Seminary, among others, and he lectures frequently throughout Australia, Europe, and the United States. He is series editor for Baker Books’ Shapevine series, IVP’s Forge line, and a contributing editor of Leadership Journal.

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