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Ep 070: Q&A with Anthony Milas

Welcome to Episode 70 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

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Today we will be discussing leadership and ministry questions with Pastor Anthony Milas, Lead Pastor of Granite United Church.

Takeaways for leaders...

There is a big difference between wanting to cast a vision and wanting to echo a vision.
Staff should echo the heart of the vision.
Do our potentials hires and church planters have a preacher's heart, or do they want to share, care for, and echo a vision?

We are not called to see people make professions of faith, we are called to make disciples. Constantly challenge people to take the next step, and make it it so that if they want to take the next step, it is there for them to take.

When you’re inviting people into an environment where you see kingdom potential in them and you’re inspiring, honoring, celebrating, and empowering them, people get pumped up for the kingdom of God.

We are supposed to be creating a thirst in others to want to know God and do more for God.

Investigate: make sure you’re carving out other time to investigate other ministries and ministers. 
Interrogate: reach out to church leaders. Don’t isolate yourself. Find a community that you can be a part of.

How do you run the race well and live a life of integrity in ministry?
Extend grace.
Keep pursuing your spouse. 
Make your family part of your ministry. 
Stay close to the Lord.
Have great ministry friends.

Quotes from this episode...

“Make a friend have a friend forever, burn a bridge and you’re never coming back.” -Anthony Milas

“People are attracted to following a leader who doesn’t put on a front.” -Joshua Gagnon

“Don’t pastor a church in a community; be in a community with that church.” -Joshua Gagnon

“We’re not called to be the largest church in New England, we are called to church New England.” -Anthony Milas

“We need more churches, not more campuses.” -Anthony Milas

“Ministry is who we are, not what we do.” -Anthony Milas

“As we are making disciples, we are called to pull out of people what God has put into people.” -AM

“Healthy churches are reproducing churches.” -AM

Ways to find Anthony Milas:
Granite United Church:
Twitter: @pastormilas

BONUS EPOSIDE: Mother's Day Interview with Pastor Joshua and Jennifer Gagnon

Welcome to a special episode of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast! In today's episode Pastor Joshua and Jennifer Gagnon will be talking about parenting, family, marriage, and intentionality.

Takeways from this episode...

Show your kids what honor looks like. What you want your children to become tomorrow, you have to instill in them today.

You'll never be friends with someone when all you think about is what you don't like about them. Your marriage will never be what you're not personally.

Get where you're going on purpose. Lead your family with intentionality, because outside of intentionality your life has no way of getting where you want it to be. No one ends up anywhere on accident.

We hope you enjoyed this special episode of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

Ep 068: Q&A with Carey Nieuwhof

Welcome to Episode 68 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!



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On today’s episode Pastor Josh Gagnon will be answering leadership questions with Carey Nieuwhof, founding pastor of Connexus Community Church and author of “Leading Change Without Losing It” and “Lasting Impact.”



Some of the questions we answer in this episode include...



What are 3 big trends you’re seeing in the church today?

How do you get everything done?

Where do your ideas and content come from?


Takeaways for leaders:



Rather than driving attendance in our church, we should be driving engagement. What drives the numbers is more important than how big the numbers are. Because when your benchmark is more, you’re never satisfied. When we chase the more, we lose the reality of the one.



As a leader you must protect your time. Do what you can when you’re at your best. You can’t say yes to everything, so save yourself for the things you feel God has called you to.



Always look for inspiration from life experiences for message content. Ordinary, everyday life is full of potential illustrations! Have a good capture system (evernote, etc.) to log your ideas and stories. And remember, your bad ideas give birth to your good ideas.



Learn more about Carey:


The High Impact Leader Course:

“Leading Change Without Losing It”

“Lasting Impact”



Quotes from this episode:




“When we come together as a unit, people will come to see the babbling brooks coming together to form Niagara Falls.” -Joshua Gagnon



“Attendance should be a byproduct of deepening devotion.” -Carey Nieuwhof


“Your bad ideas give birth to your good ideas.” -Carey Nieuwhof

“Great friendships never come from impure motives.” -Joshua Gagnon