How Pastors Can Read More

One of the questions I get asked all the time is, “How do you read so many books?” or “How do you read a book in a day?”  Well, I think it’s worthwhile giving you a little history of how my passion to read developed.

I was not much of a reader before I became a Christian.

In fact, I had a speech impediment as a kid so I steered away from written and verbal communication. I also was a struggling student when it came to English. I still struggle getting the occasional verb, adverb agreement and things like that.  But I was a C student.  In fact, I never read much of anything in the way of books, literature, classic learning as the case might be.

The best I might do is fumble my way through a summary. Like when I was growing up we had these things called “Cliff Notes” which were these 15, 20 page summaries of the key ideas of major books that we should read. Then I would go into the quiz or the exam and I would do very poorly on that exam, because I learned very quickly that I not only I had a copy of the “Cliff Notes” but my teacher had a copy of the “Cliff Notes.”  Anything that was taught in the “Cliff Notes” would not make its way onto the exam in order to truly test our knowledge.

But when I became a Christian, I began to have this desire to read the Bible. You know the Bible is a rather large book. In fact, it’s not just one book it’s actually a collection of 66 different books.

As I had this passion to grow, I dove into the Bible. Then I also had a passion to learn more about God and to read books about God.  Then about a year later, when God called me into ministry, I knew that if I was going to leave my computer business and enter into this strange unknown world called ministry that I was going to have to learn.

I was going to have to learn quickly and I was going to have to learn a lot. I had some great mentors in those early days. But I knew that I needed to read. I very much remember praying and asking one of my mentors to pray with me.

“Pray that God will give me a passion to read. That I will be able to stay awake while I read. That I’ll be able to quickly absorb what I’m reading.” I can tell you that God answered that prayer. Since age 19 as I began this pursuit of ministry I have had this sincere and devout passion to read.

I don’t know exactly how it happened, God answered that prayer. I became a strong reader. I developed a strong memory. I developed this passion to learn and to grow because I know what God can do when you have that passion.

What if you began to pray and ask God to give you a desire to read more?  Ask God for His help.

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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