My Story

David Putman's Bio

I currently serve as Auxano’s Disciple Making Lead and Multiplication Specialist having served on the Auxano Team since 2013. I also get to serve as a Strategic Leader and Founder of Planting the Gospel, a disciple making network committed to multiplying disciples, churches, and networks.

I have a  long history of church multiplication dating back to 1988 when I served in south Atlanta as a church planting missionary planting my first church. My experience includes serving with the North American Mission Board (NAMB), where I was responsible for helping set strategic direction for the Church Planting Group. While serving with the NAMB, I was part of a team responsible for the development and implementation of the Church Planting System and was the architect behind the Nehemiah Project, a strategy that brought church planting to the forefront of seminary training.

I was also a founding member and later Executive Pastor of Mountain Lake Church (now Local Church) in North Atlanta and co-founded, a coaching ministry for church planting leaders.

In 2022 the Auxano Team was approached by Todd Wilson, then CEO of Exponential, and a partnership was formed to develop The Multipliers Journey of which I  have served as the chief architect. The Multipliers Journey is a “how to” coaching/consulting process for churches wanting to start planting or 10X their current church planting.

I’ve written contributed to a number of books including :
  • Church Planting at the End of 20th Century (Contributor with Charles Chaney) (1993)
  • Seven Steps for Church Planting (with Tom Cheyney and Van Sanders) (2003)
  • Breaking the Missional Code  (With Ed Stetzer) (2006)
  • Breaking the Discipleship Code (2008)
  • Detox for the Overly Religious (2010)
  • The Gospel Disciples (2012)
  • I Woke Up in Heaven (2012)
  • The Gospel Disciple Life Journal (2020)
  • The Gospel Disciple Life (2020)

I earned a Master of Divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City Missouri and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC.

I currently live in the Atlanta Metro area with my wife Tami. Tami and I have two grown children, and three grandchildren. When I’m not traveling around the country coaching and consulting disciple making/church planting churches, I spend my time shepherding a local disciple making movement  that began in my fitness community.