The Best Way to Raise Up New Small Group Leaders

In John 5:19, Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” Organic apprenticeship is the best way to raise leaders in your church. You don’t need heavy training or extensive leadership-development programs. You can raise leaders by … Read More


Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

The 7 Keys to Setting Effective Deadlines

Deadlines are an important tool. Try to attach one to every task you add to your to-do list. Keep the following seven keys in mind to help you start setting deadlines like a pro: Decide whether the proposed task is worth doing. As mentioned previously, don’t waste your time on activities that either don’t need to be done or could … Read More


Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

Get a FREE digital copy of my Healthy Renegade Pastor book

Does your health and wellness keep getting pushed further and further down the priority list? These days, when time seems short and stressful demands are growing, it may seem easiest to push your health needs to the bottom of the list — but doing this can eventually catch up with you! So I want to make it easier for you … Read More


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Summer Sermons Sale: My newest and best series – Over 75% OFF

Summer Sermons Sale

School’s out, temperatures are warming up and Summer is (almost) here — a great time to kick off planning for your Summer and Fall teaching series. So starting today you can choose from 24 of our best sermon series for over 75% off! Preaching sure requires a lot of advanced planning — but these resources will cut your planning time dramatically! I’ve already gone through my full library of powerful, “done-for-you” sermons to provide you with this list of … Read More


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Leaders Teach the Word

“Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.” — Hebrews 13:7 (NLT)


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Zwingli On Christ’s Faithfulness

“Christ, having sacrificed himself once, is to eternity a certain and valid sacrifice for the sins of all faithful.” – Huldrych Zwingli (January 1, 1484 – October 11, 1531), Father of the Swiss Reformation


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5 Under-Utilized Practices That Give Your Leadership an Immediate Boost, by Church Leaders

If you’re like me, your leadership might seem to get bogged down sometimes. It can appear stuck in the myriad of things to do. The internal consequence is frustration, which nearly always reduces your effectiveness. Frustration sucks the energy and creativity out of you. You might become consumed with why some things don’t work, rather than focusing on a little … Read More


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Breaking the Cycle of Stress: The Big Sleep

Sometimes the best thing you can do to accomplish more is to get some much-needed rest. That is the idea behind the big sleep—a concept we came across several years ago and have made great use of ever since. Let’s say it is Thursday afternoon. You are trying to pull things together for an upcoming weekend commitment, but because of … Read More


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Choose to Be a Church Of—Not With—Small Groups

When it comes to small groups, there are two primary types of churches–churches of small groups and churches with small groups. Drag will subtly latch itself onto a church when leaders make the conventional decision to operate with small groups instead of deciding to be a church of small groups. A church with small groups offers its people a buffet of ministry options to choose from–different programs and … Read More


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