Joshua Gagnon

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Ep 074: The Field and the Forest

Welcome to Episode 74 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

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Today we will be talking about seasons in ministry; the field and the forest, the highs and lows, the difference between your organization being a speedboat vs. the Titanic.

Takeaways for leaders…

After you have established your organization, it moves from running through a field to running through a forest. 
Being a leader in ministry, or any organization, gets more complex as you progress. 
The field: running at a fast pace with high urgency and few obstacles and little to lose: frequently the early stages of an organization. 
The forest: running at a slower pace with high urgency and more complex and calculated decisions.
How to manage tension between the field and the forest: 
Let your organization be a speedboat rather than becoming the titanic. In any season, be quick and agile, not fat and sluggish. 
Use caution and time in your decision making. 
When you make the wrong decision with dozens of staff, it’s a lot harder to regain momentum. 
Balance urgency and caution in your decision making. It is better to take longer in making a decision and make the right one, then make a hasty decision and lose momentum. 
Understand that there are highs and lows in ministry.

Quotes from this episode...

“Live in the reality of faithfulness.” -Joshua Gagnon

“Faithful people live in an even keel of understanding that everything surrounds faithfulness.” -Joshua Gagnon

“As you mature as a leader, you start mature and learn how to pace yourself for longevity.” -Joshua Gagnon

“Working hard does not always bring you somewhere.” -Joshua Gagnon
“Just because you’re working hard doesn’t mean you’re working towards something.” -Joshua Gagnon

“Leadership is about stewarding energy and maximizing potential.” -Joshua Gagnon

Ep 073: Small Town Ministry with Donnie Griggs

Welcome to Episode 73 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!
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Today we will be talking with Donnie Griggs, Lead Pastor of One Harbor Church. Donnie is passionate about bringing the gospel to rural areas of America by planting small-town churches.

Takeaways for leaders…

From beginning to end, church should be intentional.

Community must be the focal point of rural areas.

Research the community you are looking to plant a church in. Be a student of the culture, read books and articles, find information.

Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who built it labor in vain.”

We serve a God who made everything from nothing. Don’t buy into the lie that something big needs to be going on for something bigger to happen with your church plant.

Work hard to develop the people that God has given you in your ministry.

Romans 8:11 “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”

Quotes from this episode... 
“The smaller the town, the more contextualization matters.” -Donnie Griggs
“We aren’t called to put churches in cool places, we’re called to put churches everywhere.” -Donnie Griggs
“The location matters because God created it and said it was good.” -Donnie King
“There are unique and different communities about every community you go to to plant a church.” -Daniel King
“Excellence isn’t being the best in the world, it’s doing the best with what you’ve been given.” -Joshua Gagnon
“You’ll never grow by thinking about what you don’t have.” -Donnie Griggs
“Dream like God’s in charge.” -Donnie Griggs
“Small towns are one of the largest mission fields in our country right now.” -Daniel King

Find Donnie: 
-Twitter: @TheCarolinaDon
-Contact Donnie: www.smalltownjesus.com/connect/
-Purchase “Small Town Jesus:” www.amazon.com/Small-Town-Jesus-…=small+town+jesus

“Rural America is the new Inner City” article www.wsj.com/articles/rural-amer…ner-city-1495817008

Ep 072: Marriage, Ministry, and Leadership

Welcome to Episode 72 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

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Today we will be talking about the difficulties of marriage in ministry and leadership, and how you can protect and grow your marriage while being in a leadership role.

Takeaways for leaders…

Ask yourself, “Where do you want to end up?”
Map a desire in your hearts of what you want your marriage to look like. Make the vision today so that you can begin to plant seeds for the harvest in the future.

How do you create values for your marriage? 
Look at marriages you hope to someday have and observe what those couples are doing. 
Use your failures as leverage to strengthen your bond. 
Put up safeguards to protect your integrity and guard your hearts. 
Observe your own heart and baggage and recognize how that affects your marriage.

Principles of marriage in ministry:
Be the same at home as you are in public. 
Create an atmosphere of honesty in your home.
Become openly broken to your spouse. 
Make prayer a priority. Prayer develops intimacy.

Quotes from this episode...

“Where do you want to end up? Nobody ends up anywhere on accident.”

“If you want to end up somewhere others are, you’re stupid not to ask questions of how they got there.”

“Never separate church and family.”

“Create an atmosphere of honesty in your home.”

“It’s tough to go to bed mad at your spouse when you make nightly prayer regular.”

“When you think something good, say it.”

“Ask yourself: are you rebuking and critiquing more, or affirming more?”

“You will not get where you want to go in your marriage through a life of critiquing.”