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The Legacy of a Hero Maker

Dave Ferguson and Todd Wilson

Have you ever thought that heroes are made? Every hero has a hero maker—a mom or dad, a friend, a co-worker, a teacher, a coach, or you and me.

Hero makers have a pattern of investing in others to see the full potential of others released into others. Essentially, they are disciple makers who make disciple makers. Their scorecards are measured not by what they do and accumulate, but rather by how they invest in others and release their potential.

In this new resource, Dave Ferguson and Todd Wilson look at what makes a hero maker and unpack the five hero-making practices identified in the book Hero Maker (by Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird) with a special focus on the life and memory of Bob Buford. A true hero maker, Bob leaves a hero-making legacy of thousands of hero makers.

For several months, Ferguson and Wilson have been writing and talking about these five practices. This book is the culmination of their efforts to start, shape and steward this important conversation. Throughout each chapter, the authors share inspired stories and helpful insights.

You’ll also find reflection questions at the end of each chapter, as well as a practical and simple “tool” you can use to help you start to implement each of these practices in your own life and ministry.

Bottom line: Level 5 multiplication must be led by hero-making leaders who are passionate about creating and maintaining a biblical culture of multiplication. To advance the Kingdom of God, we need hero makers who will step up to be used by God to catalyze movements of Level 5 multiplying churches.

The Legacy of a Hero Maker will help you embark and stay on this lifelong adventure.

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Author(s)

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.

Todd Wilson
Exponential Director, Author

Todd Wilson is the founder and currently serves as the CEO of Exponential (exponential.org), a national non-profit ministry whose core focus is distributing thought leadership through conferences, books, podcasts, software, and small group learning communities.

I’m passionate about the local church and the starting of healthy, high‐impact new churches. I enjoy starting new things focused on Kingdom impact and multiplication, as well as helping others create an image of future possibilities and the strategy to implement them.

I’m also co-founder of discipleship.org, Passion for Planting (church-planting.net), Made for More, and the Multipliers Project.

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

After a two-year wrestling match with God, I entered full‐time vocational ministry as the Executive Pastor at New Life Christian Church where I played a visionary and strategic role for several years as New Life grew and implemented key initiatives such as multisite, externally focused, and church planting. My passion for starting healthy new churches continues to increase, and I now spend most of my energy engaged in a wide range of leading-edge and pioneering initiatives aimed at helping catalyze movements of healthy, reproducing churches.

I’m also passionate about seeing people discover and deploy their unique personal calling.

I’m a certified Life Planner and strategically invest in the lives of several leaders and organizations each year. I’ve written/co-written multiple books, including Stories of Sifted (with Eric Reiss)(2012), Spark: Igniting a Culture of Multiplication (2014), Becoming a Level Five Multiplying Church (with Dave Ferguson)(2015), Dream Big, Plan Smart (with Will Mancini)(2016)More: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure (2016), Dream Big Workbook (with Will Mancini)(2016), Dream Big Questions (with Bill Couchenour)(2016), Multipliers: Leading Beyond Addition (2017), The Legacy of a Hero Maker (with Dave Ferguson – 2018), Made for More (with Rob Wegner in 2018), Mega-Multi-Multiply (with Ralph Moore in 2018) and The Mobilization Flywheel (with Larry Walkemeyer in 2019).

I live in Manassas, Virginia, with my wife Anna.  We have two grown boys, Ben and Chris, and two beautiful daughter-in-laws, Therese and Mariah.

My calling?  I am an ENTREPRENEUR (my BE), who ENVISAGES OPPORTUNITY (my DO), wherever there is potential for EXPONENTIAL KINGDOM IMPACT (my GO)!

My passions?

  • My family
  • The local church
  • Kingdom opportunities with potential for impact and multiplication
  • Helping Kingdom-minded leaders find their sweet spot of calling
  • Starting new things, including healthy new churches

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