Follow Your Lord (Part 2 of 3)

Last week in the first part of this three-part blog series, I challenged you to take a moment and evaluate your relationship with Jesus. Are you right on His heels, positioned to hear every word that comes out of His mouth? Or are you distracted?

Too often, I hear stressed-out pastors complain that the demands of ministry keep them from following God like they want to — that the never-ending needs of church and family rob them of their intimate, personal connection with the Lord. Maybe you have felt that way. Maybe you have even said the same thing yourself. But here’s the truth: The only way doing the work of God can destroy the work of God in you is if you let it. After all, you know that’s not God’s intention; He wants quite the opposite. Everything you do in ministry should flow from a deep place of strength as you continually follow God more and more closely. And it can.

All you have to do is align your priorities the right way. When you make Jesus your highest priority, He goes to work refining you so that you come to look more like Him. He starts growing you and maturing you into the fully developing follower He wants you to be. But to accomplish His purposes in you, He needs your cooperation. You have to stay right behind Him, listening for His voice and doing what He tells you to do. In order to keep that close, you need to put yourself, rather than others, in the second spot on your priority list. If you let other people move between you and Jesus, you run the very real risk of crowding out your connection with Him, drowning His voice, and thwarting the work He wants to do in you.

I know this thinking is contrarian.

Tune in next week for the conclusion of this 3 part blog series and I’ll explain why the tradition of putting others before yourself can be a recipe for disaster.

Click here to read Part 1 of this series.

Your partner in ministry,


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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 80 church growth resources and 15+ 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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