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EP274 - Dave Ferguson, BLESS, Digital Missionaries & Next Level Ministry



In Dave Ferguson we trust! Visionary Leader of Exponential as well as NewThing Network and lead pastor at Community Christian in Chicago, Dave has been a huge supporter of Digital Church! In fact, Dave let us borrow B.L.E.S.S. practices to be the framework for digital missionaries! I’m continually blown away by the love and support he shows to digital ministry and digital planting. (You’ll catch a bit of this at the beginning of the podcast.)

Now as we’re talking how to take your Digital Ministry to the Next Level, Dave and Dr. John Harris (my co-author for Sharing Jesus Online) jump on a podcast to talk about the power of a digital missionary, and the potential to have that missionary reaching into digital community to connect with a digital person.

As we explore the potential of taking your digital ministry to the next level, digital missionaries are a big step towards your church reaching people the buildings aren’t reaching.

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Host: Jeff Reed
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Guest: Dave Ferguson
Author, Lead Pastor, Visionary for NewThing, President of Exponential
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Guest: Dr. John Harris
Author, Pastor, Consultant and Coach 
Website // Twitter// Instagram // Facebook

ABOUT Dave Ferguson

Dave Ferguson is an award-winning author, founding and lead pastor of Chicago’s Community Christian Church, a missional multi-site 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


ABOUT Dr. John Harris

Dr. John has a passion to see pastors win so that churches grow in every expression of church. He enjoys coaching pastors and seeing them begin to lead with the excitement, focus, and confidence. In over 29 years of ministry, he has served as a chaplain in the United States Air Force, Christian Education Pastor, Teaching Pastor, Small Groups Pastor, and Executive Pastor.

Currently he serves churches across the country full-time as a consultant and coach. As a Lead Navigator with Auxano Church Consulting he helps pastors and their teams discover their unique identity and where God is leading them. As a coach he uses The Pastor’s Leadership Accelerator, a 4-month coaching program that helps pastors break personal growth barriers that lead to breakthroughs in church growth barriers.

In January of 2021, he and his wife launched Hearts Like His ministry on Facebook that now reaches people across the U.S. and several other nations. He holds a doctorate in Transformational Discipleship from Gateway Seminary. John lives in Roseville, CA with his amazing wife, Jeanine, and their three beautiful daughters, Elise, Sydney, and Grace.




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Jeff Reed
Jeff Reed

With about 20 years experience serving the church in the digital/technological realm, Jeff loves working with churches. As passionate about Discipleship as he is Technology, Jeff uses his passion to help Churches develop technology systems to bring people far from God closer to him. Oh, and he loves Digital Church & Church Online.

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