Coaching member organizes 25-mile prayer walk to honor fallen deputy

Kevin Pigg on newsI wanted to share a story from Houston, TX this week of one of our coaching alums bringing peace and healing to a community in a tough situation. Kevin Pigg, senior pastor of Crossbridge Community Church, is a long-time member of my Renegade Pastors Network and Advanced Coaching alum. He serves one mile from where Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth was recently shot and killed at a gas station. Kevin responded by organizing a massive prayer walk over 25 miles around the community of 71,000-plus. His efforts have drawn media attention – here is one of the local reports as well as a video of the new report. It’s a powerful reminder of how we can minister to our communities during very difficult times.


Deputy Goforth

Photo released by the family of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth

CYPRESS, Texas – As the moon faded away and the sun pierced the clouds, Pastor Kevin Pigg set out on a walk taking prayers to where they’re needed the most.

“Today especially praying for Kathleen Goforth and for the little ones, praying for her family and for our officers that are hurting right now,” said Pigg, the pastor at Crossbridge Christian Church.

It was a coldblooded killing that ripped apart a family. It’s a crime so callous, it brings grown men to the edge of tears.

“I saw what happened to the officer, and it really got me,” said Mike Huffman.

Huffman is one of just three people who joined the prayer walk early Tuesday morning. He wasn’t able to attend Sunday’s massive march.

“I felt like I needed to do this for his family, for him and all the officers in our community,” said Huffman.

For this walk, the crowds were few, but the steps were many – 10 hour and 25 miles around a community gripped by grief.

“It’s a prayer walk, literally surrounding this community in prayer,” said Pigg.

The walk is a daylong commitment he hopes will send a powerful message.

“I hope this walk that the pastor is doing will bring recognition that we need to learn to live with each other in peace,” said Huffman.

That healing won’t happen overnight.

“All Darren was doing was protecting us,” said Pigg. “He was doing good. It just absolutely makes no sense.”

But with faith, they hope to get through it, one step a time.


Click here to watch the full news report and hear directly from Pastor Kevin.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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