So much has changed and is changing in the church. And the good news is that the future is a much more level playing field than the past.
Exponential President Dave Ferguson talks about the future of church growth, how to develop leaders and why every leader can have a shot at leaving a legacy of new churches in the future.
Welcome to Episode 169 of the podcast.
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3 Insights from This Episode
1. It’s not about longevity it’s all about legacy
The best thing we can do as leaders is invest in other people and other churches to help them bring hope to their communities. Think about leaving a legacy that goes beyond your own longevity. New churches and rising leaders create growth and help more people find their way to God. Remember that the mission is not about the expansion of your message. It’s all about the reach of God’s message and legacy builders can move that message so much further by providing opportunities for others to partner with them.
2. 5 Essential Practices of Leaders that Multiply Leaders from Dave’s new book Hero Maker
1. Multiplication Thinking – You’ve got to dream big.
2. Permission Giving – See people differently by asking God to work through their gifts instead of your own.
3. Disciple Multiplier – There’s an opportunity to grow people at any level.
4. Gift Activation – The commissioning moment when everyone knows the leader is ready.
5. Kingdom Building – Keeping track of current and cumulative apprentices.
3. A screen shot into Dave’s RPMS journal routine
Dave pauses each day to rate himself on a Relational, Physical, Mental, and Spiritual level. Check out how he was doing the day of our interview.
Quotes from This Episode
Some Help For Your Church
So you would love to reach more people, but how? Your church just can’t seem to sustainably grow past the 200 barrier. And you’re really not sure why.
My new online course called Breaking 200 Without Breaking You is designed to help senior pastors and their boards and leadership team break through the barrier 85% of churches never move past: the 200 attendance barrier.
So many leaders who try to break it either get stuck at 150-250 in attendance or burned out in the process of trying.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Believe it or not, the reasons most churches never break 200 aren’t spiritual reasons, they’re practical reasons. Strategic reasons.
So whether your church is 50, 150 or 250 in attendance, the principles will help you gain the insight you need to break the barrier more than 85% of churches can’t break.
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