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Ep 096: Preparing a Message

Welcome to Episode 96 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

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On today’s episode we will be talking about the process of preparing a message.

Takeaways from this episode:

When you look at who you are and what you’re designed to do, look at what breaks you heart.

Don’t just do something because it’s what the influential churches are doing.

Preach from your life.

Don’t feel like you have to plan sermons way in advance, and don’t feel like you need to be spontaneous. Find your own rhythm as a preacher.

 

 

 

Ep 095: The Car and the Engine

Welcome to Episode 95 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

If you enjoy listening to this podcast and it has helped you and your team in any way, please leave us a review on Apple Podcast or Stitcher or take the time to share it on social media.

Do you have a question for Pastor Josh about leadership, ministry, or any other topic we’ve covered on the podcast so far? Submit your questions to info@joshuagagnon.com or @joshgagnon on Twitter and Pastor Josh might answer it on a future episode!

On today’s episode we will be talking about how “looking good” as a church does not, on its own, sustain growth.

 

 

Takeaways from this episode:

 

Looking good from the outside does not sustain growth.

“Coolness” can attract people to the party, but it won’t make people stick.

Who we are is not defined by how we look as a church.

Attracting a crowd does not keep a crowd.

-If the engines are not polished underneath the hood, then we are not going to be sustaining growth.

-What structures and systems do you have in your organization that are really good, but you’re not doing them?

Stop focusing on problems you have, and start focusing on what’s creating those problems.

You need an engine to drive you where you want to go.

Live within the systems and structures you create.

Don't just have the parts, make sure they work well together.


Quotes from this episode:

“You don’t have to talk bad about what has been to stand firm in who you are.” -Joshua Gagnon

“Sometimes we think things matter that don’t matter.” -Joshua Gagnon

“Maybe ‘coolness’ does not grow God’s church.” -Joshua Gagnon

“It’s not enough to have structures and systems, you have to do it well.” -Joshua Gagnon

“It’s not enough to have good atmospheres, you have to have good structures and systems.” -Joshua Gagnon

“Every organization has the possibility and the opportunity to develop systems and structures in a healthy culture that will produce healthy outcomes.” -Joshua Gagnon

“Every part of an engine has to work cohesively together for the car to run smoothly.” -Joshua Gagnon

Ep 094: Christmas Planning at Next Level Church

Welcome to Episode 94 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

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Do you have a question for Pastor Josh about leadership, ministry, or any other topic we’ve covered on the podcast so far? Submit your questions to info@joshuagagnon.com or @joshgagnon on Twitter and Pastor Josh might answer it on a future episode!

On today’s episode we will be talking about how we plan and promote Christmas at Next Level Church within all of our departments.

 

 

Takeaways from this episode:

We’re not trying to do anything different, trick people, or bait and switch people around Christmas time. We want it to be the same when they come back the following week.

Christmas is special because of the holiday, but not for the format our experiences.

We put the same amount of effort and planning into Christmas as we would any other weekend at NLC.

What we consider when picking experience times for Christmas Eve: morning vs. evening, portable vs. permanent, and the day of the week it falls on.

We have two ways of advertising Christmas at NLC: internal and external. The approaches are both different.

If you are using a series around Christmas time, make sure that the message makes sense on their own for new guests coming in.

If you are a multisite church decorating for Christmas, create a scheme (colors, decor ideas, etc.) for your locations to use as a guideline to keep it cohesive.

You can do something this Christmas to market your church. You don’t need a huge budget or endless resources, just start small and be creative!

Play off the cultural relevance of Christmas with your marketing to grab people’s attention.


Quotes from this episode:

“Christmas is one of the few times of the year where church is on people’s minds.” -Daniel King

“We always have to think of our target audience when planning our marketing methods for Christmas.” -Daniel King

“Put as much energy and effort into the few weeks after Christmas to get people to come back.” -Daniel King

“What you can do the next three or four weeks after Christmas is equally as important as Christmas itself.” -Daniel King