I’ve spent the last 10 days working my way through a new resource from Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird. Hero Maker: 5 Essential Practices for Leaders to Multiply Leaders is set to publish on March 13, 2018. Personally, I can’t wait to pick up copies for both of the teams I serve on!
Ferguson is the 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. Bird is a primary researcher and writer for Leadership Network and has collaboratively written twenty-nine books, all on subjects of church health or church innovation for leaders.
Hero Maker grabbed my attention from the first few pages. My copy is more marked up, underlined, starred and dogeared than anything I’ve read in the last 5 years. I’ve been telling everyone this is the must-read and apply book of the year!
What’s so great about Hero Maker? For starters, the premise of this book is a powerful game-changer. Whether you are leading ten people or ten thousand, shifting from hero to hero maker maximizes your leadership and potentially extends your impact to the 4th generation.
As much as I love the premise though (and I am tremendously inspired by it), what I really appreciate is that Hero Maker includes everything you need to practically begin to apply the 5 essential practices of hero making.
The 5 essential practices of hero making?
- Multiplication Thinking: dreaming big and strategically investing yourself in others to multiply your effort
- Permission Giving: making yes your default response as a leader.
- Disciple Multiplying: investing in the work of helping others multiply apprentices.
- Gift Activating: releasing leaders to new opportunities as their gifts and skills grow.
- Kingdom Building: defining success by what you release and send out.
Every chapter has what you need to understand and practically put into motion the practices that lead to generational impact. Very, very practical and application oriented, every chapter includes the tool that makes the practice work and an inspiring story of an authentic hero maker. Finally, every chapter includes a great set of discussion questions and is built to be a team resource.
As much as I like the way the 5 essential practices are presented, there are some powerful ingredients in section three that anticipate challenges and tensions that come with the practices. Ever practical, even the appendices include resources that will help shift from concept to application.
Let me say this again. Hero Maker is the must-read and apply book of year! If you have a passion for true impact, do not miss this!