Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours!

On this joyful Christmas Eve, I know we are all busy with preparations at church and home. But I wanted to pause for a moment to let you know how grateful I am to be part of your ministry and I look forward to serving you for many years in the future. My family and I, and our entire Church Leader … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

The Inclination to Give

An inclination to give is written on your soul, no matter how muted it may be by your present concerns or lack of belief. Sometimes it takes a traumatic experience to bring that God-given pull toward generosity to the surface. Horror novelist Stephen King is not usually associated with sharing timeless biblical principles. But in a commencement speech delivered to … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry, Stewardship

The Privilege of Prayer: On Communicating with God

Stop and think about the incredible privilege of prayer for a minute. You have the ability to communicate with God—the author of the world, your Creator—whenever and wherever you want. You don’t have to know a secret code, use any particular phrasing, or go through a priest. You can talk with God anytime. He is ready and willing to engage … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership

Donald McGavran on a Universal Truth

“A Church Growth principle is a universal truth which, when properly interpreted and applied, contributes significantly to the growth of churches and denominations. It is a truth of God which leads his church to spread his Good News, plant church after church, and increase his Body.” – Donald McGavran, father of the Church Growth Movement, missionary to India and China, one … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

Time Management: Making the Most of Your Sabbath

The benefits of observing a weekly Sabbath cannot be overstated. This is an essential practice for any pastor who wants to wisely manage his time, ministry, and family life. If you aren’t currently taking a Sabbath, please trust us and give it a try. You’ll be amazed by how following God’s prescription for rest—even if he took a day off … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry, Stress Management

The Pitfalls of Technology: What You Need to Know

Technology is continuously changing the way we live—and mostly for the better. We no longer have to go to the bank and wait in line to make deposits or withdraw money. We have access to people at almost any time through our cellphones and email. We can find and catch up with old friends through social media sites. And these … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

Leaders Are Hard Workers for God

“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” — 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry, Preaching

Ralph D. Winter On the Importance of Relevant Churches

“The church cannot grow within peoples where relevant churches do not exist.” — Ralph D. Winter, Unreached Peoples Missiologist (December 8, 1924 – May 20, 2009) Winter was a pioneer in the area of developing strategies to evangelize unreached people groups. He was a longtime professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, and the founder of the U.S. Center for World Mission … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry