Wagner on Knowing Your Gifts

“Just as important as knowing what gift God has given you is knowing which gifts He hasn’t given you. Many Christians try for years to function with gifts they never had in the first place, and this doesn’t do the Lord’s work much good. It’s like trying to hear something with your knee or throw a ball with your nose. … Read More


Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

The Well of Wellness: How Water Promotes Weight Loss

When there is enough of it, water accomplishes some amazing things in your body. Water gives you energy; regulates digestion by breaking down and flushing waste; helps stabilize blood pressure; clears toxins from your body; reduces the chance of kidney stones; helps maintain your body’s proper acid and alkaline balance; improves focus and mental acuity; and hydrates your skin and … Read More


Nelson SearcyHealth, Leadership

Notoriously Late? Here’s How to Develop a 10-Minutes-Early Habit

Leaders who are consistently late are viewed as weaker and less effective. So being on time should be the standard for every renegade pastor. But we would encourage you to take it a step further and make it your practice to be ten minutes early everywhere you go. Adopting this habit is surprisingly easy. With some simple changes to your … Read More


Nelson SearcyLeadership

Calvin On Defending the Lord

“A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.” — John Calvin (10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564) was a French theologian, pastor and reformer in Geneva during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system … Read More


Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

The Four Spaces of Spiritual Growth

Well-meaning church leaders have long been trying to force a high level of familiarity within groups, even though the environment is just not conducive to it. Understanding that there are four primary spaces where we grow spiritually can help stop this tendency. Here is a quick overview of the four spaces of spiritual growth. 1. Public Space Public space is … Read More


Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

Shepherd Your Flock: How to Grow Disciples Through Stewardship

A giving challenge is an ideal way to get hesitant members to commit to giving for a specified period of time and to re-engage those who may have fallen off. The best way to introduce a giving challenge is to tie it in with one of your messages or testimonies on stewardship. Turn your people’s attention to the idea of … Read More


Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry

Being a Godly Leader

“The godly offer good counsel; they teach right from wrong. They have made God’s law their own, so they will never slip from his path. The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip.” – Psalm 37:30-31 (NLT)


Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry, Preaching

Calvin on God’s Infinite Goodness

“However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts.” — John Calvin (10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564) was a French theologian, pastor and reformer in Geneva during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism, aspects … Read More


Nelson SearcyLeadership, Ministry