Multiplication Center

We’re Taking The NINES to a Totally Different Level!

September 29, 2017

It all started on September 9, 2009.

The concept was simple. (And it contained A LOT of nines!)

9 minutes

99 speakers

And it started at 9:09 on 09/09/09.

It was a grand experiment we called The NINES.  (Don’t ask me how we came up with the name!)

The concept was simple:  We’d gather church leaders from all over the world online for a live and unprecedented internet conference on church leadership and innovation.

Back in 2009, what we were trying to do had never been done before. Online conferences weren’t yet a thing. YouTube was just four years old. Internet speeds were much slower. Many people were either adoring or hating the long-awaited replacement to Microsoft Vista (which turned out to be Windows 7 by the way). And it would be a full seven months before the first iPad was released from Apple.

I remember that first NINES like it was yesterday. It was a combination of inspiration, unreliable technology, and duct tape. What we thought might draw 1,000 church leaders drew about 30,000.

And each year since Leadership Network has produced an annual version of The NINES.

But this year, we wanted to take The NINES to a whole different level.  This year The NINES becomes Leadership Network’s IMPLEMENTATION LAB. And we couldn’t be more excited.

Instead of being one or two days of great leadership content, we’re doing a different event (we’re calling them ‘labs’) each month.  Each month will feature a different topic and speaker (as well as a host of contributing speakers) with one goal in mind: taking what you learn and actually implementing it in your church.

Here’s our goal for you and your church: We want you to be able to take an IDEA (that we’ll introduce and explain) and IMPLEMENT it in the next 30 days (we’ll provide step-by-step actions and templates to help you make it happen), so that you can have a great IMPACT in your community. We’re also introducing a community around the lab that will help you ask questions of the speakers, and interact with everyone else involved in the lab.  It will be a great way to collaborate and innovate together each month.

Ideas to Implementation to Impact in 30 days. A new topic every month.

The Implementation Lab has the potential to change up everything in your church.

We’d like to invite you to a special preview of the Implementation Lab on Tuesday, November 7 at 1pm Eastern.  It will only last about an hour… but we’ll give you some great content and unpack what the lab will look like for the next 12 months.  You won’t want to miss it. We hope you’ll register for this free preview now!

If you have any questions about the Implementation Lab or how your church can be a part, contact me at

And I’ll see you on Tuesday, November 7 at 1pm Eastern for our Implementation Lab preview!

Todd Rhoades
Implementation Lab Director
Leadership Network

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