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

Maximizing Easter Online Training This Week – Your Special Code

You are invited to join me over Zoom this week for a 90-min Maximizing Easter Online Training. Don’t let this be an average Easter — at this online training, I will show you easy, practical ways to Maximize Easter. You will discover the easy-to-implement (and proven!) ideas you can use to overcome your current challenges and still GROW your Easter attendance. Collected, developed and honed at The Journey Church … Read More

Sandra OlivieriChurch Systems, Easter, Evangelism, Leadership, Ministry

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On Singular Ambition

“I would rather win souls than be the greatest king or emperor on earth; I would rather win souls than be the greatest general that ever commanded an army; I would rather win souls than be the greatest poet, or novelist, or literary man who ever walked the earth. My one ambition in life is to win as many as possible.” -R.A. Torrey (January 28, 1856 – … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

The 7 Commitments of a Renegade Pastor

Your life is shaped by the commitments you choose to make. As you refine your commitments, you shape the contours of your future. When it comes to abandoning average and beginning to live the no-holds-barred life of a renegade, there are seven essential commitments you must make in order to put and keep yourself on the right path. Here is … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

Working Together for God’s Purpose

“It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.” – 1 Corinthians 3:7-8 (NLT)

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry, Preaching

To Be Right with God

“Preaching a man a sermon with a broken head and telling him to be right with God is equal to telling a man with a broken leg to get up and run a race.” – Richard Baxter (November 12, 1615 – December 8, 1691), English Puritan church leader and theologian

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

Embracing a Bifocal Vision

There’s a distinct difference in how average pastors and renegade pastors view the expansion of God’s kingdom. Average pastors wrestle with one of two opposing temptations. Either they are tempted to focus solely on their own churches, to the exclusion of any involvement in the greater Kingdom, or they get so excited about outside kingdom opportunities that they let their … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership