Joshua Gagnon

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Ep 061: God's Timing- an interview with Adam Weber

Welcome to Episode 61 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

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On today’s episode we have special guest Adam Weber! He is a pastor at Embrace Church at 6 different locations in the Midwestern area. Growing up he never thought he would be called to ministry, but God had other plans in store for him.

Takeaways for Leaders:

Listen to God, listen to His words and learn who you are in Christ. He is always trying to reach out to you and to guide you.

When God gives you something, instead of saying “what’s next?”, take that moment to worship Him, thank Him for what He has given you.

Don’t forget the Fruits of the Spirit. Everything you have you owe to God and what He has given you. Stay humble and willing to change yourself, there is always room to improve.

Learn to have perspective on not sweating the small things.

Be open to advice from others and be someone who is constantly wanting to learn new things.

It takes time to get to where you are, and even more time to get to where you are now to where God wants to take you. Everything is in God’s timing and not on your timing.

 

Mentioned in this Episode:  

www.AdamWeber.com

“Talking with God: What to Say When You Don't Know How to Pray.”

https://www.amazon.com/Talking-God-What-When-Dont/dp/1601429444

The Conversation with Adam Weber:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-conversation-with-adam-weber/id1119318768?mt=2

 

Quotes

“What if everything takes time, and we just have to be okay in that time.” -Joshua Gagnon

“The awesome God moments take time, even years to do.” -Adam Weber

“You can either grow unhealthy or grow healthy,  you’re never going to grow healthy doing what you’ve always done.” - Joshua Gagnon

“We’re actually better at praying than we even think we are, we just need to direct it towards God.”-Adam Weber

“He’s not looking for sacrifice, He’s looking for hearts.”-Adam Weber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ep 060: The NLC Assimilation Process: Update

Welcome to Episode 60 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

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On this episode we are talking again about assimilations, which is a huge part of every ministry department in a church. Our hope for you as leaders is to not be afraid of change. If you find that you’re making something better, embrace it. Here are some key points on today’s episode:

We’ve made some changes!:

If you’re too over/under emphasized in any particular area, there will be no balance and it can stop the growth of your church. It does not matter how many first, second, third time guests you have, if you cannot disciple them.

We’ve transitioned into a church management system called “Rock” online. “Rock” is a program that works for our church but does not necessarily work for every church. All of our information on our members are stored in that database, so for follow ups everything we need for contact information is already there.

Follow up!:

For a first time guest, we make sure to welcome them and have them fill out our welcome card. We want first time guests know we are not going to use their information on the card for anything other than reaching out, and making them feel welcome.

First time guests and decisions for Christ are very important things that Location Pastors need to learn to invest their time in. We try to decentralize some of those steps and focus on putting tools and skills into our Location Pastors, while trusting them to be great decision makers.

When we have four different types of contact, it makes connecting after their first time experience easier on helping them continue their journey with God.

In NLC Kid’s for first time guests, we have them check in and enter their information into our database system. Whoever is at the check-in station at that time, will then follow up with our first time guests with a handwritten letter. They let them know to have the child bring back the card to be able to pick out a prize that following weekend. We do this as a small incentive to bring families back.

One type of follow up that we offer is for those who choose to become a follower of Christ. Once they dedicate their lives to God, we send them a video from our Pastor Josh explaining what it looks like to make that decision to follow Christ.

Mighty Call Script

“_____, thanks for being at Next Level Church today - we're glad you came & pray God moved in your life! We'll call you soon to see how we can serve you.”

Link to our new church management system “Rock”

https://www.rockrms.com  

Quotes

“If you’re making something better, embrace it.” -Roman Archer

“Our legacy as a church, the fruit that we show isn't going to be in the number of seats that we fill but at the end of the day how many people are truly impacted.” -Roman Archer

We value families, we value kids, and so we want to show that by follow up. Show that they were noticed.’’- Roman Archer

“We want to give where we know that’s fruitful and fertile ground. We want to be good stewards of what God has given us.”-Roman Archer

“Think through the contents and the lens through which God’s called you to do ministry.”-Daniel King

Ep 059: The Curious Christian with Special Guest Barnabas Piper

Welcome to Episode 59 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

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On this episode we are hearing from author and pastor Barnabas Piper as our special guest. Initially known for being John Piper’s son, Barabas has now written three books, “The Pastor’s Kid”, “Help My Unbelief” and “The Curious Christian”; and he is also featured in two podcasts, “The 5 Leadership Questions” and “The Happy Rant”.

Here are some of the main ideas from this episode.

“The Curious Christian”

  • As leaders we need to stay curious. Curiosity is the pursuit of truth in all things; truth is the reality as God intends it to be.

  • Once you become curious, you see how life can be deeper than it appears. Pursuit of truth in relationships, work, ministry, and in our own spiritual lives start to peel away by the layers.    

  • God is infinite, and we have been created as image bearers. How can we, as finite people, reflect an infinite God?

  • We as leaders should be constantly curious, constantly searching and digging deeper for a better understanding of God’s character and promises.

Spiritual Discipline

  • Spiritual discipline should not be seen as a boring list of tasks that you need to do daily. They are an exploration of an infinite God; a doorway into infinite goodness.

  • When we pray it gives us the ability to speak from our hearts and to hear from God.

  • We should not be worrying about the tasks, but we should be focusing on the why behind it.

“So what?”

  • Starting with “why”.

    • What does this say about God?

    • How is this going to help people?

    • Is it profitable?

    • Is it the right timing?

  • The “so what” should be the purpose behind our work as a leader.

“How to stay curious.”

  • We as leaders need to continue to learn, find wonder and excitement in our everyday lives.

  • If a pastor does not stay curious they will become disconnected.

  • If you want to be the best leader you need to be curious about non-leadership things.

  • You need to be developing people as opposed to developing ideas. The more you are invested in people the better leader you will become.

  • Be a sponge and always stay be humble to new knowledge.

  

Learn more about Barnabas:

http://www.barnabaspiper.com

"The Pastor’s Kid" : http://a.co/3hq57NE

"Help My Unbelief" : http://a.co/fi0bdXx

''The Curious Christian" : http://a.co/dpuyig7

Barnabas Piper’s Instagram: @bpiper31

Barnabas Piper’s Twitter: @BarnabasPiper

 

Quotes from this episode:

“The starting with “why” it is both the unpacking of particular projects but also the purpose behind our work.” - Barnabas Piper

“The thing that keeps us vibrant and fresh as leaders is curiosity.” - Barnabas Piper

“How do individual people need to be led?” - Barnabas Piper“If you want to be the best leader you need to be curious about non-leadership stuff.” - Barnabas Piper

“ Building a relationship, being curious about them as people, creates a better, more efficient working environment.” - Barnabas Piper

“If your teaching is not developing people, as opposed to developing ideas, it’s probably misdirected.” - Barnabas Piper

“I can lead people better when I know their life.”- Barnabas Piper

“The moment you’re an expert, you're obsolete.” - Barnabas Piper

“You are a student of culture.” - Barnabas Piper

“God created a beautiful world and He created us to create.” - Barnabas Piper

“See where that takes you because that's the amazing thing about curiosity - if you start somewhere it will always take you somewhere else. There will be the surprising connections to ideas, to people and to cultures that you just never anticipated.”- Barnabas Piper