My #1 Mistake in Ministry, Part 1 of a 4 part series

MistakeOctober marks 25 years since I began to sense God calling me into ministry and calling me to Himself. I’ve made a lot more than one mistake in ministry, but as I’ve reflected on the past 25 years, there’s one thing that has stood out the most as far as what’s on my heart. One thing that, if the Lord wills it, I’d like to fix in the next 25 years…

In October 1990 I took my first job in ministry (part-time) as Minister of Outreach and Evangelism. It was at a Baptist Church of about 275 in a small town within 20 miles of my alma mater, Gardner-Webb University.

Soon I was invited to preach on Sunday nights. The pastor told me that when you give people an invitation, you’re inviting them to:

  • Become a Christian – to get saved
  • Join the church.
  • Surrender to the call to preach.

But somewhere along the way, I missed out on one of these invitations that my early pastor taught me to give.

Tomorrow I’ll share that #1 mistake in my first 25 years of ministry – and how I plan to correct it in the next 25!

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 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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