Adventures in Spiritual Warfare (Church Planting)

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in church planting, it’s to expect the unexpected.

It seems like the spiritual warfare is always a little more intense when it comes to the birth of a new church.

This past Sunday was no exception – we were launching The Journey Church in Boca Raton (click here for details).

About a half-hour from our Grand Opening service (and with people already waiting in the lobby to worship), our sound board blew up.

It just completely quit working.  No early indications, no warning signs – it just quit.

So I did the only thing I know to do when it comes to fixing sound boards…. I PRAYED!

And I sent out a few text messages asking others to pray as well.

Thankfully, one of our sound techs was prepared with a nice 80’s-era 8-channel mixer, which ran our entire setup for over 550 people (with a few slight adjustments).

The service even started on time!

If you’re planting a church or trying to do anything else to push back the darkness and expand God’s Kingdom, be prepared for expect a little spiritual warfare along the way…

You may have heard me say this before, but one of my early ministry mentors told me once, “If you go too long without meeting the devil head-on, you might be heading in the same direction!”

Thank God that He is greater than anything the enemy can throw at us.


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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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