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Discover Billy Graham's Secrets to a Scandal-Free Ministry — Access this exclusive collectors edition of Graham's "Modesto Manifesto" — a four-color framable presentation that will guide you in four key areas of ministry!

Gary McIntosh
Gary McIntosh

From Billy Graham's ministry emerged a declaration of Biblical integrity that all church leaders can follow. The "Modesto Manifesto" was the pact that set the standard for Billy Graham's scandal-free ministry.

In November 1948, Graham called the members of his evangelistic team to his hotel room during a crusade campaign in Modesto, California. "God has brought us to this point," he said. "Maybe he is preparing us for something that we don't know."

He and his team identified the issues that had been stumbling blocks to evangelists — and ways to prevent them from happening again. They developed four key principles to guard against:

You can blow up and print a full-color copy of your Modesto Manifesto poster — just like the one we have hanging in Nelson's offices at The Journey Church!

- Financial Abuse
- Sexual Immorality
- Pride (specifically with relationship to other local churches)
- Lying and Deceit (specifically regarding publicity and reporting of attendance numbers)

You can blow up and print a full-color copy of your Modesto Manifesto poster — just like the one we have hanging in Nelson's offices at The Journey Church!

No formal document was ever created. But Pastor Nelson Searcy has carefully researched and assembled the four principles that emerged from the Modesto Manifesto.

Your colorful 4-page reference guide includes each principle, applicable Scripture to study and commentary from Billy Graham. Plus a closer look at the origin of the Modesto Manifesto with historical photos and back story.

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  • Meet Dr. Nelson Searcy

    Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, serving in ministry for more than 25 years and consulting with churches around the world.

    As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 50,000 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. For more accelerated growth, pastors also participate in Nelson’s systems-based Gold, Platinum and Titanium coaching networks.

    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 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and The New You: A Guide to Better Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness.

    Nelson is the recipient of the prestigious Donald A. McGavran Award for Outstanding Leadership in Great Commission Research. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. He divides his time between NYC and South Florida. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.