Wesley on God-Given Wisdom

“When I was young I was sure of everything. In a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before. At present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me.” – John Wesley (June 28, 1703 – March 2, 1791) devout Anglican who … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

How to Shuffle Your Priorities

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. Don’t you love how Christians come up with acronyms for everything? There’s even one for how you should arrange your priorities in order to experience God’s closeness and joy in your life. You’ve probably come across it at some point. According to the … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

The Power of the Pre-Service

“Most of the people who walk through your door have been burned by the church, by negative press about the church, or by a friend or family member in the name of religion. More than likely, they are skeptical and waiting for you to mess up. When you give them a consistent pre-service experience that makes them feel valued, their … Read More

Nelson SearcyBooks, Evangelism, Leadership

The Privilege to Serve

“By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News. Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ.” – Ephesians 3:7-8 (NLT)

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry, Preaching

Serving Together at the Worship Service

Asking your groups to serve together at the worship service at least once a semester is a great way to integrate groups into the complete life of the church. You can consider asking groups to serve no matter how many you have, but this will work especially well for churches with more than twenty groups. You’ll be giving your group … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry, Small Groups

Leaders Remember God’s Greatness

“‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.’” —Isaiah 55:8–9 (NLT)

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry, Preaching

Wesley On Living with Purpose

“Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.” – John Wesley (June 28 or June 17, 1703 – March 2, 1791) devout Anglican who remained in the Church of England until his death, considered the “Father of the Methodists,” known for his personal devotion to holiness.  

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry