LIVE from Orlando – Best Tweets @ the Renegade Pastors Conference

I’m writing to you in the middle of our BIGGEST 3-day Renegade Pastors Conference yet! Over 250 pastors have descended upon sunny Walt Disney World, Orlando to join me and and all-star line-up of speakers, including Dr. Thom Rainer and Lance Witt. And a few have been tweeting live from the conference because in addition to the great sessions, this … Read More


Nelson SearcyChurch Growth, Coaching, Leadership

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Lessons from Lyle Schaller

Considered the preeiminent church consultant of the last century, Lyle Schaller passed away on March 18 this year at 91. If there were one, he would win the Guinness Book of World Records award for most parishes consulted – with thousands and thousands of visits! Here’s a snapshot of some ideas we can glean from Schaller that I shared recently … Read More


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Senior Pastor Success Story: Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas has led Breckenridge United Methodist Church in Breckenridge, MI since 2013; it is the first church where he has served as pastor. He is a member of my Renegade Pastors Network and upgraded to Senior Pastor Coaching in February. I am thrilled to see pastors like Paul so committed to abandoning average and making incredible changes in his … Read More


Nelson SearcyChurch Systems, Coaching, Leadership

LIVE from Orlando – Renegade Pastors Conference

I’m writing to you today from sunny Walt Disney World, Orlando – in the middle of our biggest 3-day Renegade Pastors Conference yet. Check out this fantastic group of pastors, from every part of the country and even as far away as Nigeria! We’ve had a content-packed conference with new teachings from me, Dr. Bob Whitesel, Dr. Elmer Towns, Steve Reynolds and Kerrick … Read More


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Meet My Mentor

How’s your walk with God? Seriously, how are you growing in your relationship with God? Too many times as pastors, we find ourselves asking others that question without anyone asking or holding us accountable for our own spiritual growth. One of my mentors, Dr. Elmer Towns, has really challenged me in making sure that I’m growing in my relationship with … Read More


Nelson SearcyCoaching, Leadership

Senior Pastor Success Story – July’s Renegade Pastor of the Month

A Renegade Pastor is someone who has abandoned average in favor of excellence. He is a rebel with a purpose – someone who rises up against resistance, mediocrity and conformity. And he is a hard worker, but knows how to work efficiently and manage his time for maximum benefit. Today we’re celebrating our Renegade Pastors – with special accolades to … Read More


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Treat First-Time Guests with “Raving Fan” Service

A first-time guest wants to feel respected and welcomed. He wants to know that you are happy he’s there, and that you are serious about making sure he has a good experience. The way you, your team, and your regular attenders treat him and his family will tell him most of what he needs to know. Sadly, a large majority … Read More


Nelson SearcyAssimilation, Church Systems - General, Coaching, Ministry, Strategy

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The Renegade Pastor – Abandon Average! New Hardcover Book – Just $1

As a leader you must continually position yourself for growth – the health of your ministry depends on it. And as a leader you bear full responsibility for that growth. Just like you can’t force the people in your church to grow, no one can force you. The choice to keep growing is yours – and yours alone. Attendance at … Read More


Nelson SearcyBooks, Coaching, Leadership, Ministry, Preaching, Strategy, Worship Planning

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What is a Renegade Pastor?

What exactly is a renegade pastor? A renegade is someone who has abandoned average in favor of excellence.  He is a rebel with a purpose– someone who rises up against resistance, mediocrity, and conformity.  A renegade is not a lawbreaker.  He’s is not contrarian for contrarianism’s sake.  He is not looking for a fight with other church leaders, but with … Read More


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Celebrating an amazing Easter! Now what?

Easter Sunday is always such an amazing day. I hope you had as wonderful of an Easter service as The Journey did in all of our locations. God truly blessed us with so many gifts. The gifts are the people that walked through our doors for the first time yesterday. Now we get to show our faithfulness by following up … Read More


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