Decide Now To Be a Reader!

The call to ministry is the call to prepare. Whether you have 40 years of ministry in front of you, or perhaps only 40 months, or even 4 years, whatever that might be.  Make the decision to say, “I’m going to be a life long leader.”

As long as you’re leading, as long as you have another hill to take, another challenge to overcome, another Godly decision to make, another sermon to preach, you have to keep on leading. In ministry there really are no bad leaders, there’s just bad readers.

If you look at the largest churches in your denomination, or the largest churches in America, or outside the US, wherever you might be from, you will find this pattern. Growing churches are led by growing leaders.

Everything else might be very different about that pastor, but I guarantee you, you will find a bias for growth, a desire to be a lifelong learner. Because without a desire to learn, the church isn’t growing.

In fact, I’ve noticed that when a pastor isn’t growing, three things happen:

  • The church stops growing
  • The sermons are stale
  • The passion for ministry wanes

Fulfilling your call to pastor your church is also fulfilling your call to be a life long learner and becoming a better reader.

I want you to make a decision to become a lifelong learner.  Let me give you some practical steps you can take to becoming a life-long reader.

  1. Ask yourself what are 25 reasons of why you should read more?
  2. Write down those 25 reasons.  Pray about them.  How will you grow as leader as a result?  How will your people be impacted as a result.
  3. And then ask why do you want to read more?

The more powerful the WHY the more committed you are to the WHAT!

Together, let’s make a commitment to be a life-long learner and reader!


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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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