Church Growth Hero – Elmer Towns

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking to 11,000 students at convocation at Liberty University and was further honored to sit on the platform with my old friend Elmer Towns. He and Jerry Falwell founded the “little school” in Lynchburg, Virginia, back in 1971.

These days, Dr. Towns is the Dean of the School of Religion at Liberty and that “little school” has over 11,400 students on campus and over 30,000 more enrolled through their online programs.

He has spent the last 60 years serving Jesus Christ and doing his part to see God’s Kingdom expand. I could write an entire post on the influence of his “Friend Day” concept alone (an idea that inspired my BIG DAY resource).

His writing and teaching contributions to the Church in America and around the world have come in such areas as: systematic theology, evangelism, church growth, church planting, fasting, prayer, and more.

If you don’t know much about Dr. Towns, here’s a link to his official bio: click here

Our server here at CLI doesn’t quite have enough space for me to list all the books that Elmer Towns has written over the last 5 decades, so here are a few that I recommend you order today and read as soon as they arrive:




Dr. Towns, thanks for your contribution to the Kingdom – and for being one of my heroes!


P.S.  Built on the shoulders of heroes like Elmer Towns and my own research and experience over the years, I have put together a resource called The Growth Barriers Workshop.  Click here to secure your Boxed CD Set or Download It Now & save $20!

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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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