A Day To Remember

The September 11 attacks happened less than two months after Kelley and I moved to New York City to launch The Journey. In an odd way, I thank God that He brought us here before that infamous day. There is a sense in the city, even seven years later, that if you didn’t experience September 11, 2001 as a New … Read More


Nelson SearcyMinistry

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God Is In The Details

Earlier this week, I came across a quote by Og Mandino that really struck me: “Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best you can do.” When I read this quote, I immediately thought about the Raving Fans principle of … Read More


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Monday Proflections – September 8, 2008

The fall ministry season has officially started and I’m more excited than ever about the next few months!  September to December is one of my favorite times of the year.  Here’s what’s happening with me and Church Leader Insights that may be of interest to you this week: Monday – Our team @ The Journey will be focused on follow-up … Read More


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One Month to Live Begins Today @ The Journey

Today at our Manhattan location we kick-off a four week series based on the bestselling book “One Month to Live” and the author of the book, Kerry Shook, is our guest speaker.  Kerry is the pastor of Fellowship of the Woodlands in Woodlands, TX.  His church was one of our sponsoring churches when we started in 2002.  I can’t wait … Read More


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Lessons from “Yes” – Part 3

Today, I will conclude our Lessons from “Yes!” series with three final truths from the book: “Resistant children who easily find excuses not to do their homework or tidy their room are more likely to be persuaded if they’re first asked to take a small step in that direction.   As long as they feel they’ve said yes to the first … Read More


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Lessons from “Yes” – Part 2

On Tuesday, I shared with you what I’ve been learning from “Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive.” Here are some more lessons: Research shows that those who tend to come in on time should be praised for their behavior (as opposed to chiding those who are late). Make sure people know just how much punctuality is appreciated. People … Read More


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Where There’s Slack There’s Lack – Part 8 of 8

SYSTEM #8: THE STRATEGIC SYSTEM It’s hard to believe that we’ve worked our way to the last post in our weekly, Wednesday “Where There’s Slack There’s Lack” series! If you have been taking this opportunity to spend some quality time with your systems over the last eight weeks, I trust that you are already seeing the effects. If you haven’t … Read More


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Lessons from “Yes” – Part 1

Recently our strategic team at The Journey finished studying the book “Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive” by by Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, Robert B. Cialdini.  Between now and Friday, I want to share with you some of my key lessons from the book. I believe that we must learn to better help people say ‘yes’ … Read More


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