Determining Your Strategic Focus Areas for 2016 – Part 2


Start planning NOW to make a big impact in 2016!

With 2016 well underway, I know you’ll be doing hundreds or even thousands of things that will pull at you over the next year. Before you get pulled too far into the wrong priorities, take the time to outline and highlight no more than four specific areas that will get your primary focus this year.

In part one of this article, I offered some ideas for your ministry focus areas to get you started and promised that I would share my own.

Without further ado, here are my Big Four Strategic Focus Areas:

  1. The Journey Church. A lot of great things that will require my attention here: we’re moving to three Manhattan locations that will be within 15 minutes of everyone who lives there, in Boca we’re moving toward a capital campaign, and in San Francisco we’re reaching our 10th anniversary.
  2. My coaching ministry. I’m more committed than ever to coaching, and I’m focused on continual improvement. I want to keep innovating and updating what we do in all levels of the Ladder: my Advanced Coaching, Senior Pastor Coaching and Renegade Pastors Networks.
  3. My writing ministry.  I have a new book month launching at the Renegade Pastors Conference. Two of my books, Launch and Fusion, are reaching the 10-year mark next year. My publisher is partnering with me to release new editions in 2017.
  4. A new exercise plan. My program was erratic last year as I was recovering from my abdominal surgery. So I’m piloting some new things this year and working with a trainer. My key goal: be more consistent.

Now it’s your turn! I challenge you to establish YOUR Big Four Strategic Focus Areas.

Your partner in ministry,


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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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