CNLP 207: Bobby Gruenewald on Leveraging First Mover Advantage, Innovation, AI, Technology and the Future Church

Bobby Gruenewald leveraged first mover advantage in building and selling an internet hosting service and the world’s largest wrestling fan site. Then he moved into church world, creating Church Online and YouVersion.

Bobby talks about how innovation happens, what’s next in AR, AI, machine learning and much more as the church moves into the future.

Welcome to Episode 207 of the podcastListen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.

Guest Links


Bobby on Facebook | Instagram | LinkedInTwitter

Bible Lense

Links from this Episode

Didn’t See It Coming launches soon. Preorder today and enjoy early bird incentives. (Hang on to your receipt!)

Are your church volunteers ready for the fall? Visit TrainedUp and use promo code CAREY for 10% off your services for life!

Cast your vote at panelpicker.sxsw.com for Carey to speak at the 2019 SXSW Conference. Thank you for your support! (Voting is open August 6-30, 2018)

Michael Todd & Transformation Church

3 Insights from This Episode

1. First mover advantage is hard to catch up to

First mover advantage provides the chance to stand out before others realize there’s even an opportunity. If you can get an idea to market before everyone else, often you end up gaining a disproportionate advantage and you’ll have a momentum that is hard for others to catch up to.

2. Acknowledge failure to discover the better idea

We are a people who do not like to lose. So many of us fear defeat. Fear of failure can keep a project going far too long, simply because no ones wants to admit it got of course.

You can’t fully analyze something that’s not working and set out on a new approach until you own up to the truth that a misstep (or missteps) has happened. Admitting failure is a freeing experience that can clear confusion and move you into a position of better understanding. Being secure enough to admit failure can lead to discovering the right idea.

3. There’s a place for leveraging AI and machine learning in ministry

There are mixed opinions on where AI and machine learning are headed in the future and how to best incorporate new ideas without compromising values. The church often struggles to keep up with advancements in technology or to incorporate current trends that could improve connection within their communities. While advances are hard to predict in the years and decades to come, Bobby suggests leveraging these two areas for your church to take advantage of what’s available today.

Leverage Voice Platforms (like Alexa and Google Home) to distribute content and potentially engage fresh channels for things like enhanced small group interaction and next generation ministries.

Leverage Databases to improve your level of communication while respecting the boundaries of privacy. The church doesn’t need to compromise its trust level with the community by being negligent with personal data.

Quotes from This Episode

A Brand New Resource for Preachers

art of better preaching

Ready to start preaching better sermons and reach the unchurched without selling out? Then it’s time to start using the right tips, lessons, and strategies to communicating better.

The Art of Better Preaching Course is a 12 session video training with a comprehensive, interactive workbook that will help you create, write, and deliver better sermons. The course contains the lessons Mark Clark (lead pastor of  Village Church, a growing mega-church in post-Christian Vancouver) and I have learned, taught, and used over decades of being professional communicators.

This is the complete course you need to start preaching better sermons, including:

  • 7 preaching myths it’s time to bust forever
  • The 5 keys to preaching sermons to unchurched people (that will keep them coming back)
  • How to discover the power in the text (and use it to drive your sermon)
  • The specific characteristics of sermons that reach people in today’s world
  • Why you need to ditch your sermon notes (and how to do it far more easily than you think.)
  • How to keep your heart and mind fresh over the long run

And far more! Plus you get an interactive workbook and some bonus resources that will help you write amazing messages week after week.

In the Art of Better Preaching, Mark and I share everything we’ve learned about communicating in a way that will help your church grow without compromising biblical integrity. We cover detailed training on everything from interacting with the biblical text to delivering a talk without using notes, to writing killer bottom lines that people will remember for years.

Don’t miss out! Check it out today and gain instant access.

The podcast releases every Tuesday morning

Subscribe for free and never miss out on wisdom from world-class leaders like Brian Houston, Andy Stanley, Louie Giglio, Ravi Zacharias, Craig Groeschel, Sue Miller, Kara Powell, Chuck Swindoll, Greg McKeown, Jon Acuff and many others.

Subscribe via

Apple Podcasts

Spotify

Google Play

Stitcher

TuneIn

Appreciate This? Rate the Podcast.

Hopefully, this episode has helped you lead like never before. That’s my goal. If you appreciated it, could you share the love?

The best way to do that is to rate the podcast on Apple Podcasts and leave us a brief review! You can do the same on Stitcher and on TuneIn as well.

Your ratings and reviews help us place the podcast in front of new leaders and listeners. Your feedback also lets me know how I can better serve you.

Thank you for being so awesome.

Next Episode: Dana Spinola       

When Dana Spinola was asked at age 5 what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer was simple – “the best.” That drive pushed her on to many things, including launching her own company, Fab’rik, which has grown from a single boutique in Atlanta to over 40 stores in over 10 states. She talks about following her dream, scaling her business, becoming a Christian, burning out and bouncing back.

Subscribe for free now and you won’t miss Episode 208.

Leave a Comment





This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.