Becoming More than Mediocre – Average vs Renegade!

RP-Book-3DYou don’t intend to end up average.  You don’t start out in ministry thinking, You know, my goal is to do average things with average people in an average way.

But I bet some of you can relate to feeling average.  Despite your lofty visions and goals, the unrelenting pull of average is real and powerful.  There is a daily, weekly, monthly grind that breeds mediocrity over time.  Resistance is a live, active force.

When you understand the state of the average church and the personal well-being of the average pastor, its not hard to see why the devil wants you to be average.

Let’s take a look at the Average Pastor.

The Average Pastor-


  • Attendance declining by 9% every year
  • Always behind on budget
  • Lacking sufficient volunteers
  • Seeking a new pastor every 18 months
  • Unable to say yes to God’s purposes


  • Frustrated
  • Short on time
  • Lives a reactive life
  • Has strained relationships with family and friends
  • Not experiencing fulfillment

Given these realities, do you think God has any desire for you to be average?

If you want to grow a healthy church and have a happy personal life, one of the best things you can do is to look at what the majority of pastors are doing and do the opposite.  In other words, decide to go renegade!

The Renegade Pastor- 

Defining Characteristics: 

  • Abandons average
  • Challenges status quo thinking
  • Obedient to God
  • Rebels against resistance and mediocrity
  • Contrarian for Kingdom purposes
  • Student of what works and what doesn’t work in life and ministry
  • Passionately abandoned to the plans of God

Additional Qualities: 

  • Pastors a healthy, growing church
  • Enjoys authentic relationships with family and friends
  • Dedicates time to personal and professional growth
  • Lives a proactive life
  • Experiences fulfillment in life and ministry

The differences between an average pastor and a renegade pastor are strikingly clear, so the question becomes: How do you bridge the divide between the two?  The answer lies in the commitments you choose to make.

Your partner in ministry,


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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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