CNLP 087: Starting a Church From Scratch in a New Community and Some Insights on Mentoring with Josh Pezold

Josh Pezold has done at least unique things in the last few years. He’s parachuted into New England to start a church from scratch in a community in which he never lived, and he chose Carey Nieuwhof as a personal mentor. We talk about both in today’s podcast.

Welcome to Episode 87 of the Podcast.



Guest Links: Josh Pezold

BridgePointe Christian Church

Young Church Leaders

Top 8 Things I’ve Learned While Being Mentored by Carey Nieuwhof

Restoration House Ministries

Young Church Leaders Facebook

Young Church Leaders on Instagram

Josh on Twitter

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Andy Stanley; Episode 1

Andrew M. Beal

Reggie Joiner

David McDaniel; Episode 47 

Things You Can Do Right Away

It’s not every day you hear about a pastor’s enthusiasm for planting a church in a region known for having a large unchurched population. And as a young pastor, Josh was presented a set of challenges that required a patience and grace from a God-given vision. In this episode, he told us about what he did to reach the community and how he looked to mentorship for guidance.

  1. Be relational. Josh went out into the community and started meeting people at local businesses and neighborhoods. He joined a gym, held meetings in local restaurants, became acquainted with staffs and started building relationships. You can’t expect to have a substantial influence on someone if you don’t take the time to know them.
  2. Host events. While getting involved with the community, Josh and his team held free events that catered to the community. They held parties in the park, passed out free hot chocolate at the local skating rink and performed random acts of kindness with altruistic hearts. “This is what Christians do,” Josh said. “They do life together. It’s messy and dirty sometimes, but it’s a huge blessing.”
  3. Be transparent. When you’re transparent and can lead from a place of vulnerability, you’re opening the door for better relationships and greater influence. People desire open relationships and it was Josh’s goal to create an environment where that could happen organically. “I can’t lead someone where I’m not going,” Josh said.
  4. Find a mentor. Throughout the process of planting a church, Josh looked toward mentorship for guidance. You won’t learn without taking risks and asking questions, so don’t miss an opportunity because you’re feeling insecure. Have a mentor who will hold you accountable.

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How do you break the 200 attendance barrier? Martin Daland became the senior leader in a conflicted small church of 180.Within two years, saw his church grow to over 300. He talks about how he changed pastoral care, fought burn out, and got the church healthy. Amazingly, he did this in Norway, where only 5% of the population attends church. But the application is universal.

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  1. […] The sole mission of every disciple of Jesus is to help others know, love, and follow Jesus. That happens BEST in relationships. (Check out my interview with Carey Nieuwhof for more details on relational discipleship) […]

  2. Benjamin Lusic on May 11, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Hey Carey! Really enjoyed the podcast. Looking to start a church someday. I moved states about a year and half ago to be mentored by someone and be involved first hand in their church. So, the question I have is, you mentioned in the podcast you both came with a list of questions when you met together by phone or in person. Can you give me some examples of what kind of questions I should be asking when I meet with my mentor? Thanks for your time.

    • YoungChurchLeaders on May 12, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Hi Benjamin!! Thanks so much for listening. Happy to know it was helpful. I can probably help answer that question for you. I was usually the one who came with a set of questions I wanted to cover with Carey. What I would say is that questions are primarily on the plate of the one being mentored to create. Not in every mentoring relationship, but for us I came with a set of questions i wanted to discuss with him and I sent the questions to him several days in advance. These questions were more to help guide the conversation and not help to strictly. I divided my questions into three big categories. Leadership, Personal, and Hot Topic. (The Hot Topic category i just made up while typing this. But the basic idea was I picked ONE big topic I wanted to discuss that was most relevant to me at the time. Examples… Conflict management, Preaching, Fear, etc.) Personal questions were… well… personal lol. They might deal with… What’s your time with Jesus like? What’s He teaching you that you think I would benefit from hearing? How do you overcome insecurity? Leadership questions are numerous depending upon the season of ministry you are experiencing.

      I would say there isn’t really a magical set of questions you SHOULD ask. The biggest benefit to asking questions is forcing yourself to think through what you are currently experiencing that needs deep attention and focus. Forming these questions makes you more self aware and able to verbalize what you should take some time to process through. The mentor’s role is to listen well, and give you perspective. Sometimes Carey has said, that’s the wrong question. That’s awesome for me! So I know what i should and should not be focusing on. Hope that helps. Keep working hard Benjamin!

      • Benjamin Lusic on May 16, 2016 at 4:22 pm

        Thanks Josh for getting back to me. Those suggestions are really helpful, I will put them to good use. Also helps me find direction on some other topics/questions as well.

        • YoungChurchLeaders on May 16, 2016 at 9:24 pm

          Wonderful! Glad it was helpful Benjamin. Keep asking great questions!

  3. Shawn Allee on May 10, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I love article.. been praying about church planting for a while. Also, i love the shirts you are both wearing… I knew I liked this info and blog!

    • YoungChurchLeaders on June 20, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks for the compliments Shawn! This is a great blog to learn a lot about church planting. You should search through the archives and listen to several great leaders Carey has interviewed.

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