What is The Path of Discipleship in Your Church?

“What is the path of Discipleship in your church?”  This is a question I get a lot.  My response is usually that the path of discipleship at The Jouney is not knowledge driven with an appeal for people to serve at the end, but service driven with the knowledge that people need provided along the way.  There is a huge difference … Read More

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Q & A: Who Develops Leaders At Your Church?

My friend Che Chowan from Church on the Rock in Ocho Rios, Jamaica (yep, that’s me and him in the pic, taken at a recent seminar I did in Florida) sent in this question from the Ask Nelson button on the right —-> “Hey Nelson. Good blog. Do you personally disciple a group in your church for leadership development, outside … Read More

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Charles Arn – Church Growth Hero (If I Dare Say ‘Church Growth’)

Last Saturday, while Kelley and I were in Los Angeles, I was able to meet one of my Church Growth Heroes – Charles (Chip) Arn of Church Growth, Inc.  He and his wife Ann were gracious enough to share dinner with me and Kelley at Kate Mantinlini’s in Beverly Hills (yep, we were living it up!). Win Arn, Charles’ father, … Read More

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Leaders Have a Small Rearview Mirror

This weekend Kelley and I had a little get away in Los Angeles.  On Friday we drove down to Orange County to meet friends, visit Saddleback Church (where I was on staff for a couple of years) and check out our old neighborhood. On this trip, I was reminded of a thought that’s been bouncing around in my head for … Read More

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Church Growth Requires Action

“There are risks and costs to a plan of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” — John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States What action do you need to take this week (maybe something you’ve been putting off until conditions are perfect) that will benefit you, your church and … Read More

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The Two Questions That Can Change Everything

“Day after day the congregations became stronger in faith and larger in size.” – Acts 16:5 When I read this passage in Acts it struck my with the power of its’ clarity.   These congregations that Paul and Timothy visited grew BOTH stronger in faith AND larger in size.  Those are the questions I need to regularly ask about The Journey … Read More

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When to Challenge the System

Jay Curlee in Corpus Crisiti, who works with my friend Bil Cornelius, got me thinking about systems today (its not that hard to do – ha!  I talk, speak and write a lot about church systems as most of you know).  Here’s what he asked: “Progress demands change. It demands a leader who seeks to push through the chaos of … Read More

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Sometimes you gotta pull away

If you’ve listened to my Developing A One Year Personal Growth Plan resource then you know I’m a big fan of pulling away.  Pulling away for a time of relaxation, recovery and renewal.  There are several key times to pull away, including: – Every week (your sabbath) – Every year (your vacation) – After a busy ministry season This last … Read More

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