My #1 Mistake in Ministry, Part 3 of a 4 part series

pink-eraser-on-paper-with-partially-erased-word-oopsLast week I shared my biggest regret in my 25 years of ministry in a two part post which you can read here. Today I’m continuing the series and sharing my strategy for how to correct that mistake.

As I revealed, my #1 regret is that I have not done enough to call out the called.

In my next 25 years of ministry I want to focus on raising up more people to answer God’s call to preach. I’m talking about an “on the ground” foundational approach of helping someone discern God’s call, either to leave another career or to make this their career from the start.

After careful reflection, here are 7 ways that I want to get more intentional about calling out the called:

  1. Pray for God to use me to raise up future ministers from within The Journey.
    Make this a matter of prayer. I pray every week for our members. But now I’m going to make a point to pray for our future ministers from within The Journey. We move toward what we pray for.
  2. Preach on it more.
    I’ve never preached an entire sermon at The Journey on what it means to make vocational ministry your full-time career. I want to try to work that in, maybe in a sermon series, maybe through more special days.
  3. Work it into my sermon invitations – even when not doing an entire sermon.
    I can work it into a point, an aside, or especially an invitation.

Please join me tomorrow for the conclusion of this series where I’ll share the remaining 4 ways of how I plan 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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