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

MistakeToday is the conclusion of this 4 part series where I’ve shared my biggest mistake in ministry and the 7 ways I plan to correct it.

Yesterday I revealed the first three strategies I’ll use to get more intentional about calling out the called.

Here are my remaining four:

4. Work the call to ministry into our discipleship classes and membership gatherings. I need to talk about it more in these forums. One thought is to tell my story in membership class and devote more time to discussing what it means to answer  the call to ministry. I can also do this in prayer meetings and special events.

5. Develop resources on what it means to be called.
Create a process for someone called to ministry. In my coaching networks I teach the Principle of Spiritual Readiness, which says that your preparation precedes God’s blessing. You must prepare your new believer packets before you have new believers. I need to create that process for the called.

6. Share the story of my call more – same for staff pastors.
I need to share it from the stage, and continue encouraging our teaching pastors to also be ready to share their story.

7. Invest in the young and second-career pastors.
A challenge, particularly in the contemporary church, is that we don’t have a way to raise up young pastors. Those who do it best are in more historical churches where they have venues for young people to teach and lead worship. So I want to do more to invest in them: have lunches and meetings, give them resources, do all that I can to invest in those who God has entrusted to us.

What if we were to cooperate with God and see a revolution of people going into ministry? Will you join me in doing more to call 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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