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Ep 057: What Our Staff Values (Part 2)

Welcome to Episode 57 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 iTunes 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!

This episode is part 2 of a 3-part series where Pastor Josh shares Next Level Church’s staff values. These 11 values are the key ingredients in shaping the staff culture of NLC. As they are shared, the hope is not that you would copy them but that they would inspire you to see the importance of creating a unified, intentional staff in whatever organization or team you lead.

Click here for part 1: http://www.joshuagagnon.com/blog/056

The values covered in this episode are:

Better not bigger - We believe that better always leads to bigger, therefore we will focus less on the numbers themselves and more on constantly getting better. Great just isn’t good enough. When we get better consistently, getting bigger will always follow naturally.

Complete don’t compete - We will complete other Bible-believing churches, not compete with them. We believe that any church that preaches the gospel is on our team and will do everything we can to encourage and equip them to reach more people for Jesus.

The only thing constant is change - Fast is better than slow. We will constantly challenge the status quo and happily adjust to accommodate any change that will make us more effective in reaching people for Jesus. “We’ve always done it that way” will never be part of our vocabulary.

For the one - Every experience is someone’s opportunity to meet Jesus. We will work hard every week, we will not take our foot off the gas, and we will make sure every environment is the one we would want created if we had invited someone to church with us that day.

 

Quotes From This Episode:

“Bigger, bigger, bigger was an idol that consumed us.” - Joshua Gagnon

“Comparing ourselves with everybody else became an idol to which we could never measure up.” - Joshua Gagnon

“Anyone who is telling people about Jesus is on our team.” - Daniel King

“Values are only valuable if when it is not easy you still honor them.” - Joshua Gagnon

“We will always challenge the status quo. We will never be okay staying just because staying is comfortable.” - Joshua Gagnon

“We do not change just for the sake of change because change comes with a cost.” - Joshua Gagnon

“If you don’t value change, you won’t value being better.” - Joshua Gagnon

“If you’re avoiding a necessary change, you’re really just accepting that you will be dying a slow death.” - Joshua Gagnon

“If I invited ____ to church this weekend, I would hope and pray that my church had given it all that weekend.” - Daniel King

“We do nothing different on Easter or Christmas than we do every other weekend.” - Joshua Gagnon

Ep 056: What Our Staff Values (Part 1)

Welcome to Episode 56 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 iTunes 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!

This episode is part 1 of a 3-part series where Pastor Josh shares Next Level Church’s staff values. These 11 values are the key ingredients in shaping the staff culture of NLC. As they are shared, the hope is not that you would copy them but that they would inspire you to see the importance of creating a unified, intentional staff in whatever organization or team you lead.

The values covered in this episode are:

Keep the new car smell - Excellence is doing the best we can with what God has entrusted to us today. We will reflect the greatness of the God we serve by doing everything we do with the excellence that Jesus deserves and honor what God has given us by caring for it well.

Dig a ditch - We believe God has called us to a vision too great to achieve on our own, so we will do our part by digging ditches in faith and trusting Him to fill those ditches with rain. We will fight to do more with less and trust God to honor our bold, risk-taking steps of faith by teaching us to fail forward.

Protect the house - We will always be unified under the vision God has given to this house and to our Pastor. We will speak well of each other and live within a default position of trust and honor. We will always be a raving fan publicly and bleed green in all we do and say.
 

Quotes From This Episode:

“Excellence is doing the best with what you’ve been given.” - Joshua Gagnon

“We want to dig some big ditches so that God can send a lot of rain.” - Joshua Gagnon

“We’ve never hit a hail mary. We are a combination of ditches we’ve dug that God has sent a little bit in some and more than a little bit in others.” - Joshua Gagnon

“People don’t have to pretend that they are happy, they can come and talk to their leader.” - Joshua Gagnon

“Communication has to happen from top down, bottom up, and peer to peer.” - Joshua Gagnon

“Once there is no trust in an organization, communication begins to unravel.” - Joshua Gagnon

“The quicker that you grow, the more tricky that communication gets.” - Roman Archer

“You may choose to fill the expectation gap with either suspicion or trust.” - Joshua Gagnon

“We love to build stories off of realities that will never happen.” - Joshua Gagnon

Ep 055: Q&A with Josh Gagnon

Welcome to Episode 55 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 iTunes 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 this episode, Pastor Josh answers the questions, submitted by you the listeners, on a wide range of topics. Questions we answer in this episode include:

  1. What are some qualities you see in top leaders in their 20s?

  2. What does it look like to “work hard and play hard”? How do you balance the two?

  3. How do you stay healthy and not burn out?

  4. Why do you use the term “location” rather than “campus” for multisite churches?

  5. When do you move on from an organization?

  6. How do you balance grace and accountability on a church staff?

Quotes From This Episode:

“When we look to hire someone, the first thing we look for is culture.” - Joshua Gagnon

“Culture within your organization will define what it becomes.” - Joshua Gagnon

“In other professions if you mentioned ‘burned out’ they wouldn’t even know what you are talking about.” - Joshua Gagnon

“Give the leader above you what you would want those under you to give you.” - Joshua Gagnon

“Accountability isn’t just telling someone twelve times to do something. Accountability is having consequences.” - Roman Archer

“Conversations are development. Accountability is the consequences that hold someone to those conversations.” - Roman Archer