The Principle of Spiritual Readiness

With Easter just around the corner, I want to encourage you to think strategically to prepare for God to send you people who need to know Him.

After years of doing crusades, the Billy Graham Association was able to predict, with astonishing accuracy, how many people will come forward for prayer on any given night. How? Because the number always correlates to how many volunteers they have lined up to receive those who respond!

God did not send more people to Billy Graham than he was ready to receive. In the same way, he will not send more people to you than you are ready to receive.

So what can you do? The same thing Billy Graham did. Prepare in a way that enables God to open the floodgates into your church. If you are truly ready, He will send people your way…

…However, if you don’t think through your strategy, write it down and then implement it, you’ll be completely unprepared to capture what God is pouring out. The choice is yours!

Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed. – Proverbs 16:3

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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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