Joshua Gagnon

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Rethink Leadership 2016 - Session Notes

These are the live-blogged links, documents, and notes from my session at Rethink Leadership 2016. If you have any questions after the session ends that we didn't get to, you can email me at or ask me on twitter @joshgagnon. You can also listen to related episodes from my leadership podcast here.

Rethink Leadership 2016:

Is this God-inspired? Before you go multisite, plant a church, or do anything, you must ask that question. Don't do it because it is trendy or because everyone else it. Do what you do because it came from God.

A good idea isn't always a God idea. Are you living in a God-inspired dream or are you borrowing everyone else's dream and trying to make it into yours?

4 tires that drive multisite:

Focus - who are you and who are you not?

  • Tensions to answer:
    • Will you have high control (identical everywhere) or low control (connected churches) 
    • What's a win for size of a location?
    • Will you use video teaching, live, or both?
    • Will you launch locations by "planting" or by "cannibalization"?

Faculty - multisite multiplies the bad just as much as the good

  • How will you develop leaders? (You can see the NLC Leadership Development Plan here)
  • Who is essential to launch a location?

Facilities - is this the best place we can go or just the best place we can go right now?

Finances - launch from a place of strength, not weakness!

Tier 1: Doesn't cover it's own fixed operating costs - supported by central
Tier 2: Covers it's own operating costs & a % of central expenses equal to its % of total attendance
Tier 3: Contributes to central over and above - supports other tier 1 locations

Q&A takeaways and references

Always find the who before the when and where.

Don't focus on the immediate, but focus on a lifetime of faithfulness.

Better brings bigger.