• Hero Maker Equipping Lab

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    a dynamic, interactive experience hosted by NewThing for receiving training, tips, and practical wisdom from experienced reproducing leaders.

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Hero Maker

An Equipping Lab for Church Leaders

Hero makers shift from being the hero to expecting others to be the hero in their church’s unfolding story. You’ll discover 5 essential practices to becoming a Hero Maker.
 Leading as a GIFT ACTIVATOR


February 26-27, 2018


Monday 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 11:30am


3000 S John Young Pkwy
Orlando, FL


Dave Ferguson, Warren Bird, Patrick O'Connell, Jon Ferguson, Ralph Moore, Oscar Muriu, and Janet McMahon.

The Topics

For Church Multiplication Leaders

 Leading as a MULTIPLICATION THINKER: Multiplication thinking, rather than limiting ministry to what you can do personally, teaches you to multiply ministry through multiple leaders, developing your practice as a “serial minister maker” to accomplish a big “dream napkin” vision.
Leading as a PERMISSION GIVER: Permission givers shift from controlling others to leading with a “yes” – giving them both license and language to advance the mission.
Leading as a DISCIPLE MULTIPLIER: As a hero maker, I commit to sharing what I’ve learned by discipling leaders and not being satisfied until I’ve seen it multiplied to the fourth generation.
Leading as a GIFT ACTIVATOR: Gift activators shift from filling slots to developing people’s gifts and passions.
 Leading as a KINGDOM BUILDER: Kingdom builders don’t stop with counting those who “come” to church-sponsored events, but instead they see the biggest scoreboard win as celebrating those who are “sent” on mission.

A great way to invest in your church. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to be inspired, equipped, and empowered to go from being the hero to a HERO MAKER!

The Opportunity

Shifting from Hero to Hero Maker

“Heroes are common, but hero makers are a rare breed. When you become a hero maker, you make the greatest possible impact for Jesus and his kingdom.”

Dave Ferguson, President of Exponential

Hero Makers


Dave Ferguson

Dave Ferguson

Dave Ferguson is the lead pastor of Community Christian Church, an innovative multi-site missional community that is passionate about "helping people find their way back to God." Community has grown from a few college friends to thousands every weekend meeting at thirteen locations in the Chicago area and has been recognized as one of America's most influential churches. Dave provides visionary leadership for NewThing, whose mission is to be a catalyst for movements of reproducing churches. He is the president and board chair for Exponential, the largest church planting conference in the world and is on the board of Ministry Grid and Leadership Network.

Jon Ferguson

Jon Ferguson

Jon is founding pastor of Community Christian Church in Chicagoland where he provides leadership in new ventures. He also leads the team of staff champions across all Community locations and serves as one of COMMUNITY's Lead Teaching Pastors. He also co-founded NewThing, an international movement of reproducing churches. Jon co-authored The Big Idea, Exponential, Finding Your Way Back to God, and recently released Starting Over. He and his wife Lisa have two children and live in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Janet McMahon

Janet McMahon

After working as a social worker in both adoption and mental health, Janet made a career shift to vocational ministry in 1995 where she served as a ministry director in various capacities, ultimately landing in small groups. In 2007 Janet and her husband Troy planted Restore Community Church in Kansas City, where she currently serves as the Community Life Director providing leadership for spiritual formation and discipleship.

Oscar Muriu

Oscar Muriu

Oscar Muriu is Senior Pastor, Nairobi Chapel, Kenya. Under his leadership, Nairobi Chapel has grown from a 40 person local church to a network of 98 churches with more than 18,000 weekly worshippers. Following a passionate conviction to raise up and develop a legacy of leaders, Nairobi Chapel has trained more than 500 interns. His vision is to see the African church rise up to its place and calling in the Global Church. A thriving missions-focused congregation, Nairobi Chapel operates an HIV/AIDS ministry and has a vision to plant 300 churches in Africa and worldwide.

Ralph Moore

Ralph Moore

Ralph Moore is the Founding Pastor of three churches. He and his wife, Ruby, currently pastor Hope Chapel Honolulu. He spends his free time walking, reading and hanging out at the pool. Like his preaching, his written words deliver solid truth in a humorous and unassuming manner. Beginning with just 12 people, the Hope Chapel 'movement' now numbers over 2,300 churches, worldwide. These are the offspring of the 70+ congregations launched from Ralph's hands-on disciplemaking efforts. Ralph currently travels the globe, teaching church multiplication to pastors in startup movements. He's authored several books, including Let Go Of the Ring: The Hope Chapel Story, Making Disciples, How to Multiply Your Church, Starting a New Church, and Defeating Anxiety.

Patrick O’Connell

Patrick O’Connell

Patrick O’Connell is the Director of NewThing. After graduating college and a stint in the Army, he went to work in the corporate world, eventually becoming a Vice President in a prestigious investment firm. After finding his way back to God, he left his business and moved with a team of people to Kansas City to help start Restore Community Church. Soon after, he began coaching and mentoring church planters. He's become a student of church planting, enrolling in the Master of Missional Church Movements Program at Wheaton College.

Warren Bird

Warren Bird

Warren Bird, Ph.D., oversees the research department at Leadership Network, the nation's leading organization to help entrepreneurial church leaders in growing churches move from ideas to implementation to increased influence and impact. He has been both a senior pastor, church planter, and assistant pastor. He is the award-winning author, co-author or editor of 29 books for church leaders.

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