Four Renegade Lessons from Two Years of Reformation Travel – Part 2

Yesterday I shared with you Part 1 of this series; today we continue with the final two lessons from two years of traveling in the footsteps of some of the pre-eminent 16th century Protestant reformers.


Nelson at Church of St. Edward

Standing in front of the pulpit where both Hugh Latimer and Thomas Bilney preached (Church of St. Edward, Cambridge, dating back to 1510)

3. What we say in the pulpit has great power. (Hugh Latimer) 

Even in a day when there are a lot of “nones” in the church – where church is no longer considered relevant by a lot of people – there’s tremendous power behind what we preach, because of the Word of God. I was reminded of that a couple of months ago when I stood in front of the pulpit of Hugh Latimer. It was Latimer’s preaching in this pulpit that sparked the English Reformation. He preached publicly about the need for the translation of the Bible into English.


Martin Luther Death Sketch

Death sketch from the Martin Luther Death House in Eisleben, Germany

4. They’re human – God used them and He can use you too! (Martin Luther) 

In Eisleben, Germany, you’ll not only find the Martin Luther birth house, but an unusual museum called the Martin Luther Death House. The exhibition documents the last hours of his life and the ailments he wrestled with, including kidney stones.

God will use you to spark a reformation in your church. God used the Reformers, despite the fact that they were human. God used them because they were human. The bottom line: God used them and He can use you too.



Your partner in ministry,


P.S. What all these great reformers had in common – they all sought to abandon average in ministry, and that’s my challenge to you too! I originally shared these lessons in-depth on a live coaching call with my private Renegade Pastors Network. Our collective mission and focus is to abandon average in your ministry and personal life. I invite you to test drive the network for only $1.00 for the first 60 days and you will have access to monthly coaching calls like this one plus over $813.20 in free resources! Click here to start your test drive.

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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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