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The Big Idea: Focus the Message--Multiply the Impact (Leadership Network Innovation) [Paperback]

By Dave Ferguson (Author), Jon Ferguson (Author) & Eric Bramlett (Author)
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Item description for The Big Idea: Focus the Message--Multiply the Impact (Leadership Network Innovation) by Dave Ferguson, Jon Ferguson & Eric Bramlett...

Nothing is more dangerous than a single compelling idea that is lived out and nothing is more harmless than lots of little ideas never applied. By creatively communicating one Big Idea every week your church will transform people into genuine Christ followers who live out the mission of Jesus. Less is more!

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Community Christian Church embraced the Big Idea and everything changed. They decided to avoid the common mistake of bombarding people with so many 'little ideas' that they suffered overload. They also recognized that leaders often don't insist that the truth be lived out to accomplish Jesus' mission. Why? Because people's heads are swimming with too many little ideas, far more than they can ever apply.The Big Idea can help you creatively present one laser-focused theme each week to be discussed in families and small groups. The Big Idea shows how to engage in a process of creative collaboration that brings people together and maximizes missional impact. The Big Idea can energize a church staff and bring alignment and focus to many diverse church ministries. This book shows how the Big Idea has helped Community Christian Church better accomplish the Jesus mission and reach thousands of people in nine locations and launch a church planting network with partner churches across the country.This book is part of the Leadership Network Innovation Series.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   198
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.01" Width: 5.35" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 4, 2007
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Series  Leadership Network Innovation  
ISBN  0310272416  
ISBN13  9780310272410  
UPC  025986272418  

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More About Dave Ferguson, Jon Ferguson & Eric Bramlett

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dave Ferguson is 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 New-Thing and president of the Exponential Conference. Dave and his wife, Sue, have three children and live in Naperville, Illinois.
Jon Ferguson is founding and teaching pastor of Community Christian Church and movement leader for NewThing. He is currently helping to plant a Community campus in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children. Brothers Dave and Jon are the coauthors of several books, including Finding Your Way Back to God.

Dave Ferguson was born in 1962.

Dave Ferguson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Exponential
  2. Leadership Network Innovation
  3. Leadership Network Innovation Series

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So Good  Feb 7, 2007
I had a hunch that this book would be good. Especially from a "practical" standpoint. But I was taken back how the authors were able to weave theology & missionality within the context of The Big Idea. Therefore the book, in my opinion, had an even a deeper impact than I was expecting. I also enjoy the fact that the book was written by men who are actively engaged in the process. It's not a history book about how they built a multi-site mega church and planted multiple churches in some of the least-church cities in America (Boston & NYC) 10 years ago. These boys are living within the mess and complexities of the Jesus mission via the local church. Which I think adds so much power and purpose to the book.

I also really like the "adaptability" of the book. It's more fluid than stoic, and every church can take the ideas and principles and tweak them for their local community and environments.
This book can also "cross-pollinate" to various "streams" of church and even the business world. Whether your a mega-church, emerging church, church plant, or traditional/contemporary church, at the end of the day if you do a weekly gathering, then this book can quickly help you process that gathering and be more effective. And if the principles are followed, I think a lot of churches will see an overall improvement that will create a healthy local church culture. Good planning will help cause less stress and conflict, and increase the value of the church in their local community as we (church) strive to truly do our very best to communicate the Jesus story.

I think this book should be apart of every pastors library. Matter-of-fact, I think all church planting organizations should add this text to their "must reads" for future planters, it's that helpful. I also like the fact the The Big Idea calls churches to be more effective, to become good stewards of our time and resources and to put our best foot forward as we try to serve the world and move the mission of Jesus forward.

You can also check out The BIG IDEA Resources & The BIG IDEA Blog
Review: "The Big Idea: Focus The Message, Multiply The Impact"  Feb 4, 2007
Review: "The Big Idea: Focus The Message, Multiply The Impact"

A Leadership Network Innovation Series by
Dave Ferguson, Jon Ferguson, and Eric Bramlett

A Review by Dr. Henry Judy

It has been a long time since there was a book published that has the God ordained ability to impact the church in such a huge way as The Big Idea. For a long time, I have been saying that the people in churches today for the most part are just NOT getting it. We think it is a program problem but it is not. It is a process problem and Dave Ferguson, with Jon Ferguson, and Eric Bramlett have not only brought the problem to the forefront, but provided a process for correction. Hence the concept of "The Big Idea."

Now what is paramount is that this process is not hypothetical in nature. It is a proven concept being used with great success by Community Christian Church in Naperville, Ill. So it works and it will work in every single church out there that is serious about the Jesus Mission. How do we know it works? It is measurable. Not only in terms of individual transformations but in terms of fruitful reproduction of other churches.

The Big idea is the gasoline that will be the foundation for life change in a new movement of reproducing churches. It is Spirit written, Spirit, conceived, and Spirit applicable and if you are serious about wanting to reach people for Jesus and have their lives transformed, then you will devour this book like Momma's Sweet Potato Pie.

Buy This Book and put its principles to work if you want to be a part of people's lives being transformed.
Learn from the Best!  Feb 3, 2007
These guys are a s good as it gets. What they write isn't theory - it's practice. I always benefit when I sit under them. I will push all our church planters to read this and practice it.
Impact Your Church  Jan 24, 2007
This is in my top 5 books that every pastor or staff pastor should read. Dave does a great job not only of explaining the big idea and its need but gives practical and easy ways to implement. Buy this book to truly impact the people you lead.

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