5 Essential Practices for
Leaders to Multiply Leaders

Hero Maker

By Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird
"Almost every church I visit recognizes both the challenge and opportunity of raising up and empowering leaders. That's why I'm excited about this new book from Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird. They help us unpack five essential practices to grow our leadership and the leaders we are mentoring. For the church to multiply, it MUST multiply leaders. Hero Maker is for every influencer who knows the harvest is plentiful, but the workers...and leaders...are few."

Tony Morgan, Founder & Lead Strategist, The Unstuck Group

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What you'll learn

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  • Multiplication Thinking
  • Permission Giving
  • Disciple Multiplying
  • Gift Activating
  • Kingdom Building

Multiplication thinking means shifting your focus from your own leadership to multiplying and developing other leaders. When you learn how to invest your time and resources to multiply leaders, you're able to more effectively build God's ministry - not just your own - and maximize the gifts and resources God has given you as a leader.

This book provides you with all the principles you need to begin thinking in terms of multiplication, and equips you with invaluable tools - like the "Dream Napkin" - to apply multiplication thinking to your personal ministry. You'll start maximizing your ministry efforts immediately with multiplication thinking!

Permission Giving means seeing the leadership potential in those around you, and giving them permission to engage in leadership opportunities. It means saying "yes" to their potential, to their gifts, and to the way God is working in them. When you lead with a "yes," you give others a platform to fully engage in God's mission.

In this book, you'll learn what permission giving can look like in your ministry, why we are often afraid to give permission, and how to shift your default response from "no" to "yes." With practical tools like "ICNU conversations," you'll be equipped to implement permission giving in your ministry with remarkable results!

Once you learn multiplication thinking, you can teach others how to think the same way. Disciple multiplying means making disciples who make more disciples. When you begin doing discipleship in this way, you extend your impact far beyond your church or city.

This section of the book is the most crucial, because making disciples is at the heart of the ministry God has given us. We'll show you how to make disciples who make disciples based on Jesus' own ministry with the 5 steps of apprenticeship.

Many leaders are simply trying to fill slots in their ministry, but hero makers are all about gift activating. This means developing the gifts that God has given people and sending them out for ministry. Activating the gifts of others enhances your own ministry and creates opportunity beyond your ministry.

In this section, you'll learn what it means to commission leaders for ministry and the two key components of gift activation. God blesses your ministry when you affirm the gifts that he has given and commission leaders for the mission he calls them to.

It's important to think about how to grow your church, but the only thing that ultimately counts is advancing God's kingdom. Kingdom builders shift their focus from measuring attendance to measuring how effective their disciples are. Kingdom building is the only way to have a successful ministry - in the way that God defines success - how much his kingdom is advanced.

This final principle of hero making challenges you to ask yourself, "How will we multiply God's kingdom?" And this book will provide you with powerful kingdom-centered multiplication practices and tools. We'll also teach you two ways to measure kingdom building so that your ministry never stops being effective.

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  • Matt Chandler
  • Andy Stanley
  • Jennie Allen
  • Ed Stetzer

“I am grateful for books like the one you're holding. It gently presses while it superbly encourages. Dave lays out God's plans and calls us to walk in them. I have had the privilege of watching Dave Ferguson live out what he writes in this book. I'm praying that you too will become, by the grace of God, a Hero Maker. What might the church of Jesus Christ look like in 20 years if we would give ourselves to raising up and releasing the next generation of hero makers?”

Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor THE VILLAGE CHURCH

“At last: the core message of the Exponential conference boiled down to five simple, practical, powerful practices. Start here!”

Andy Stanley, Author, Communicator, and Founder of North Point Ministries

“As a visionary leader, Hero Maker is the reminder I need! Do you want to lead well and make disciples? Then make heroes out of the people around you! Dave's book Hero Maker teaches us to multiply our influence by doing just that.”

Jennie Allen, Author of Nothing to Prove, Founder of the IF:Gathering

“Dave Ferguson has raised up an amazing number of leaders, church planters, and pastors. Dave has an unmatched heart and passion for multiplication, and I’m thankful for him! Read Hero Maker to find out how he does it.”

Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguished Chair, Wheaton College


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Order 1 copy and get Hero Maker Score Card eBook, Discussion Guide & Teaching Videos

Enhance your learning with free Hero Maker resources developed to help you and your friends become Hero Makers. Keep track of what really matters with the The Hero Maker Guide to Keeping Score. Plus, get the discussion guide and teaching videos from Dave Ferguson that will help you understand and apply the 5 essential practices for leaders to multiply leaders.

To get these free bonuses, order 1 or more copies of Hero Maker and email an image of your receipt to heromaker1@zondervan.com.

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Order 7 copies and get a live online Hero Maker Workshop with Dave Ferguson & Warren Bird

Share the Hero Maker book with the leaders in your ministry, and then invite them to join us online for a 1 hour exclusive Hero Maker Workshop with Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird on 4/5 at 2:00pm EST. We’ll provide you with practical tools and insight to maximize your team’s leadership capacity and equip you to multiply leaders together.

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Hidden inside this book, you’ll discover how to:

  • Maximize your leadership efforts through developing other leaders
  • Create a platform for other leaders to engage in God’s mission
  • Extend the impact of your ministry through multiplication-centered discipleship
  • Equip those in your ministry by enhancing their gifts and commissioning them for ministry
  • Build a more effective ministry that is centered on the kingdom and focused on reaching the world
  • Become a Hero Maker with countless practical tools and helpful examples, so that you can start multiplying leaders today!
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About the Authors

Dave Ferguson

Dave Ferguson is an award-winning author, founding and lead pastor of Chicago’s Community Christian Church, a multisite missional community considered one of the most influential churches in America. Dave is also the visionary for the international church-planting movement NewThing and president of the Exponential Conference. Dave and his wife, Sue, have three terrific children and live in Naperville, Illinois.

Warren Bird

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

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