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The Emerging Micro-Church Era: Addition, Reproduction, or Multiplication?

10 Questions to Consider

Todd Wilson

In early 2010, Exponential published a white paper titled, “A Micro Manifesto,” in which we took a forward look at where we saw the Church in the United States heading in the coming decade (from 2010 to 2020). As forecasted in the report, we’re now seeing the natural progression of the “mega-focused” church to the “multi-focused” church to the next era of the “micro-focused” church. As most mega-multi churches continue their addition-growth focus, the next logical, evolutionary frontier is to extend and leverage the multi into the micro context.

As Exponential continues to look for new wineskins necessary for Level 5 multiplication in the United States, we see a potential awakening for the Church. This new emerging era of micro-focused churches is now positioned to produce a much-needed fresh wind and reformation in the Church. Or, conversely, it could represent a major distraction and barrier to multiplication.

To help you and your team discern the path forward for you and your church in this next season of church growth, Exponential has developed a white paper, “The Emerging Micro-Church Era: Addition, Reproduction or Multiplication? 10 Questions to Consider.” You’ll get a comprehensive look at this burgeoning movement and more importantly, specific questions to guide your decision-making process as you consider if or how your church will engage. We’ve also included the paper we wrote back in 2010, “A Micro Manifesto.” You can download this white paper as a FREE eBook in pdf, ePub and mobi (Kindle) formats.

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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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