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Ep 036: Rebuilding to Reach - An Interview with Gary Moritz

Welcome to Episode 36 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

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Today’s guest on the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast is Gary Moritz, the lead pastor of Twin City Baptist Church, located in Lunenburg, MA. Called to pastor a church that was in desperate need of “rebuilding”, Gary and his family left their home and church in Virginia to fulfill a need he saw in the least-churched region of the country. Because of his faithfulness to God’s challenging calling, Twin City is now a thriving and growing church reaching wider demographics. Pastor Gary is a “down-to-earth communicator," talented leader, and visionary. He is married to his best friend, Jana, and they have two daughters.

Learn More About Gary:

Gary’s Blog

Garry’s Twitter

Mentioned In This Episode:

“The Key to Everything” by Matt Keller

“Next: Pastoral Succession That Works” by Warren Bird

www.leadership.net

“Who Stole My Church: What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century” by Gordon MacDonald

3 Takeaways for Leaders:

  1. Don’t take Jesus’ job of building His church. When Gary stepped into his role of pastoring Twin City, he learned that there is a high failure rate for reviving dying churches. But Gary came to the conclusion that, although there may be a failure rate, Jesus does not fail. As long as we allow God to direct us in building up His church, we will be met with success.

  2. The decisions we make today will affect our destiny tomorrow. As leaders, we must constantly be looking forward and see what is up ahead at what God wants us to do. Stop being comfortable, get out, and allow God to do great things in you and through you.

  3. Succession can’t just be reserved for retirement scenarios, it has to be about emergency planning. Have a system in place where you are raising up leaders who can step in if you are unable to. Come up with a plan for leadership succession and write down a standard procedure for all systems.

Quotes From This Episode:

“Jesus didn’t call us to be comfortable, he called us to be conformable.” - Gary Moritz

“We can’t allow finances dictate our faith.” - Gary Moritz

“Honor up, honor down, honor all around.” - Gary Moritz

“Every pastor has a pain file.” - Gary Moritz

“If the pastor is healthy, the church is healthy.” - Gary Moritz

“We have to realize that we have a short life and we have to have maximum impact.” - Gary Moritz