Happy Birthday, Gary McIntosh!

Today we are celebrating the birthday of my friend and mentor, Dr. Gary McInstosh. Happy Birthday, Gary!

Gary is an internationally known professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership. He combines a thorough knowledge of how churches grow with a desire to see people saved and assimilated into local churches. This has resulted in him becoming an in-demand expert on the subject.

He is also a past president of the American Society for Church Growth. He’s written over 100 magazine articles dealing with church growth, leadership, evangelism, and pastoral ministry. He has invested his life providing insights into church growth, guiding pastors and church leaders to reach lost people with the message of the Gospel!

To learn about church growth from Dr. McIntosh himself, check out his resource titled Biblical Church Growth.

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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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