• Special Gathering for Network Leaders

    an energizing, peer-to-peer experience for influence leaders who oversee network and denominational church planting
    there is no charge for this gathering if you are registered for the conference but you must RSVP to Bill Couchenour at bill@exponential.org

    Learn More About Exponential 2018 Fall Events

Leading Multiplication

A Special Gathering for Network Leaders

Exponential is offering an interactive, equipping lab experience addressing the specific issues faced by leaders of organizations. If you lead a local, regional, national or international network within or outside a denomination, this special gathering is for you.

Washington DC

Date: September 10
Time: 9:00 - 11:30am
Speakers: Brett Andrews, Bill Couchenour, Gary Rohrmayer

Southern California

Date: October 2+3
Time: 1:00 - 5:00pm + 9:00 - 11:30am
Speakers: Bill Couchenour, Steve Pike, Gary Rohrmayer

Bay Area

Date: October 22
Time: 9:00 - 11:30am
Speakers: Linda Bergquist, Bill Couchenour, Steve Pike


Date: October 24
Time: 9:00 - 11:30am
Speakers: Bill Couchenour, Steve Stroope


Date: November 6
Time: 9:00 - 11:30am
Speakers: Bill Couchenour, Steve Pike, Gary Rohrmayer, Daniel Yang



Join Like-Minded Leaders


The network leader’s gathering is a great opportunity for organizations to think more innovatively about church planting. North America is changing so quickly and the network leader must keep up in order to plant the right kinds of churches in the right kinds of ways. That’s what we champion at the Send Institute, and that’s what Exponential is doing with this gathering.

Daniel Yang, Director of the Send Institute

The Topics

For Network Leaders

Exponential’s Level 5 framework
Three dimensions of multiplication
Ten characteristics of a Level 5 Multiplying Church
Five organizational shifts required for Level 5
The future intersection of the micro-church and bi-vocational planting
Where Exponential is headed

The Challenge

Our Need for Hero Makers


“I am so grateful that Exponential Team is bringing focused energy to addressing the needs of denominational and network leaders who are the behind the scenes Hero Makers in church planting.”

Gary Rohrmayer, President of Converge MidAmerica

Subject Material Facilitators


Brett Andrews

Brett Andrews

Brett is the founding pastor of New Life Christian Church in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. Since launching in 1993 New Life has grown to be multi-site and has directly planted over 135 churches. They've also built a national church planting ministry Passion for Planting that has impacted countless other church plants by providing free resources, project management, and by shaping Exponential into what it is today.

Linda Bergquist

Linda Bergquist

Linda is a church planting catalyst for the North American Mission Board and the California Southern Baptist Convention. She works with English speaking multi-ethnic churches as well as Chinese, South Asian and Middle Eastern groups in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Linda also teaches church planting, urban immersion, and cross cultural ministry classes as an adjunct at Gateway Seminary in Fremont, CA.

Bill Couchenour

Bill Couchenour

As Director of Deployment at Exponential, Bill primarily serves network and denominational leaders of church planting movements with the Exponential resources. He also provides strategic and operational oversight of Exponential's R&D and expanding educational opportunities. For several years he facilitated, along with Alan Hirsch, Future Travelers, a learning community designed to create a missional paradigm shift for megachurches and denominations.

Steve Pike

Steve Pike

Steve Pike is the President and Founder of Urban Islands Project, a national catalytic organization dedicated to increasing the presence of the Church in the urban core of America's 40 largest urban centers. Prior to initiating Urban Islands Project, Steve served as the Founding Director of the Church Multiplication Network. CMN serves church multipliers to effectively equip, strategically fund and innovatively network new faith communities in America.

Gary Rohrmayer

Gary Rohrmayer

Gary has served on every level of church planting from a church-planting intern, pioneer church planter to a national director of church planting. After pioneering a church plant with his wife Mary, he assisted in planting 17 churches in 10 years in southeastern Wisconsin. In 1998 Gary was asked to bring a new sense of energy and vision to a regional network within Converge that was in decline for 10 years. In the last 17 years Converge MidAmerica has grown from 86 churches to over 225. This new movement of churches has revolutionized this 165-year-old organization on all levels.

Steve Stroope

Steve Stroope

Steve is Senior Pastor of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas. He was called to pastor Lake Pointe shortly after its founding. Church attendance under his leadership has grown from 53 at its inception to over 15,000 today. In addition, Lake Pointe has planted 25 strategic churches in spiritually under-resourced cities like Boston, Montreal, New York, Portland, San Francisco, etc., that have a combined average weekly attendance that exceeds that of Lake Pointe.

Daniel Yang

Daniel Yang

Daniel is the Director of the Send Institute, leading and overseeing all of its initiatives. Prior to directing the institute, he planted a church in Toronto where he also helped recruit, assess, and train church planters through the Send Network and the Release Initiative. Daniel has served on various church staffs including Northwood Church, led by Bob Roberts Jr., where he was trained as a church planter and was involved in global and multi-faith engagement. Prior to church planting, Daniel was an engineer for eight years.

The Mission

Connecting Like-Minded Leaders

“Denominational and Network leaders are the unsung leaders behind the story of many successful church planters. The Special Gathering for Network Leaders provides a place for these rare but crucial organizational church planting leaders to connect, cross-pollinate, become better informed regarding organizational system best practices and catch a glimpse of “where the puck is going to be.”

Steve Pike, Director of the Urban Islands Project

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