McGavran on the Christian Mission

“Christian mission is bringing people to repent of their sins, accept Jesus Christ as Savior, belong to His Body the Church, do as He commands, go out and spread the Good News, and multiply churches.“ – Donald McGavran, father of the Church Growth Movement, missionary to India and China, one of the premier missiologists of the twentieth century December 15, 1897 … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

Mental Wellness: 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 … Read More

Nelson SearcyHealth, Leadership, Ministry

Managing Stress Monday: Let It Go

If we don’t develop the habit of decompressing after every stressful day, and even during each day, we will carry that stress with us everywhere. And the effects will devastate our ministries and our family lives. In order to decompress effectively, take these opportunities to decompress during each day: Alternate between high-stress and low-stress activities. Whenever possible, schedule activities you … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

John Broadus on Interpreting the Bible

“Be willing to let the Scripture mean what it wants to mean.” – John Albert Broadus (January 24, 1827 – March 16, 1895), dubbed “the world’s greatest living preacher” by Charles Spurgeon

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

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

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry, Small Groups

The Five Stones of Financial Peace

You honor God with your finances through giving–through excelling at each giving stage and learning to live an open-handed life. As you make your climb up the generosity ladder, five big stones need to be in place in your financial life. These stones will give you solidarity and grounding as you move through the stages–or up the rungs–toward a life … Read More

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry, Stewardship

A Child is Born

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry, Preaching

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