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Over a course of a decade Patrick O’Connell went from being a non-leader and non-believer to leading a whole network of reproducing churches. Patrick became a Christ follower at Community Christian Church and on the evening he was baptized someone asked him to be an apprentice in a small group. Two years later he began raising support, moving to Kansas City, and serving a residency there to learn how to reproduce sites and churches.

Every church has a different story, but all churches need a clear leadership development track for leaders, volunteer and paid. What is often missing is a path that leads to multiplication. Drawing directly from the practices of Jesus, this book focuses on helping your church outline and refine its leadership path. It helps leaders identify their starting points, and then walks them forward from there with guidance and specific examples from many different churches for points all along the way.

The Hero Maker shows church leaders how to become a “Level 5” church led by “Level 5” leaders, redefining a church’s success as more than growth - as reproducing and multiplying. Included are illustrations and field guide exercises on how to develop apprentices, lead small groups, and coach leaders.

About the Authors

Dave Ferguson is a spiritual entrepreneur and the lead pastor of Community Christian Church, an innovative multi-site missional church with eleven locations in Chicago. Dave is the movement leader for NewThing, an international network of reproducing churches. He is also the coauthor of The Big Idea. Check out the latest from Dave on his blog (www.daveferguson.org) or follow his everyday adventures on twitter @daveferguson.

Warren Bird (PhD, Fordham University) serves as a primary researcher and writer for Leadership Network and has more than ten years of church staff and seminary teaching experience. He has collaboratively written twenty books, all on subjects of church health or church innovation. Warren and his wife live just outside of New York City.

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