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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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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