My #1 Mistake in Ministry, Part 2 of a 4 part series

erase-mistakeAs I shared in Part 1 yesterday, in 25 years of ministry, I’ve realized there is one regret I have above all others. Today I’ll reveal my #1 mistake in ministry.

My first job in ministry was at a Baptist Church where I was invited to preach on Sunday nights. The pastor told me that when you give people an invitation, you’re inviting them to:

  1. Become a Christian – to get saved.
  2. Join the church.
  3. Surrender the call to preach.

As I went into preaching, more and more of my early focus was on Evangelism and seeing people get saved. That’s been the driving theme of my ministry over the past 25 years. I’ve done well at invitation number one, extending the invitation for people to become followers of Jesus. I’ve also been fairly good at number two, helping people join the church, either to follow God in baptism or to commit to His church. At The Journey, I’ve created Assimilation systems and membership classes, and we’ve been very effective at discipling people and growing the church.

But somewhere along the way, I missed out on that third invitation that my early pastor taught me to give.

So here’s my #1 regret: Along the way I have not done enough to call out the called.

I want to focus on raising up more people to answer God’s call to preach.

It’s not that God hasn’t blessed in this area, but I haven’t seen the kind of fruit that I pray by the Lord’s grace to see over the next 25 years.

Please stay tuned next week for the continuation of this series where I’ll share my strategy for  how to get more intentional about calling out the called.

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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