CNLP 103: Gavin Adams…Unscripted on the Pressures of Leadership, Getting Healthy and (Massively) Growing a Church

This episode is a great example of why I love the chance to do this podcast. Gavin Adams, lead pastor of Woodstock City Church—a rapidly growing church of 8,500—talk off the cuff about what he learned on sabbatical, getting healthy and the challenges of scaling a church.

Welcome to Episode 103 of the Podcast.



Guest Links: Gavin Adams


Woodstock City Church

Gavin on Twitter

Delegation Dilemma with Andy Stanley, Part 1

Delegation Dilemma with Andy Stanley, Part 2 

Links Mentioned

Orange Tour

Injoy Stewardship Solutions

Joe Sangl

Pete Wilson

3 Things You Can Do Right Away

When you’re a high-capacity leader, how you manage your time, the people you lead and your life at home bring a unique set of challenges. Here’s what Gavin learned about serving others better while recently taking a 30-day sabbatical to recharge.

  1. Allow yourself to grieve. No matter how menial a loss is, it still needs to be grieved. When we grieve a loss well, we can bury it well. Any loss that is un-grieved still gets buried, but it gets buried alive. And when something comes back after it was buried alive, it never looks good as it did originally.
  2. Learn when to be present and when to step back. You think that having your hand in everything is a good idea at first. It lets people know there’s a leader who can be trusted, and they’ll be thankful to know someone is steering the ship. As your organization grows, you’ll learn how to delegate, give others the opportunity to set up and allocate your time where it can be best served.
  3. Protect your time. Gavin arrived at a place where he realized being connected to his senior leaders and volunteers was critical. He made it a priority to connect with people who were leading change so he could reach out to those coming to know Jesus. When everyone is pulling you in different directions, try to figure out what people really need and leverage the talents of those who can serve others. Be strategic with your availability and take the time to process your initiatives.

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Next Episode: Casey Graham

Casey Graham has interviewed dozens of CEOs of 7 figure businesses. Surprisingly, the same issues entrepreneurs face in growing their companies to beyond $200,000, $600,000 and even a million dollars in revenue are almost identical to the issues church leaders face in growing their churches past 200, 600 and 1000 weekend attenders. Carey and Casey discuss the very real simliarities.

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