Remembering Peter Wagner – Part 1 of 2


August 15, 1930 – October 21, 2016

10 days ago today as I was returning home from my 2-Day Assimilation Intensive I heard the news: Peter Wagner is with the Lord.

As I was traveling, I was in touch with several mutual friends who all knew Dr. Wagner and we had a nice time reminiscing and talking about his influence on our life.

For me, his primary influence was on my perspective on church growth.

In fact, I had the privilege of doing one of the final interviews with Dr. Wagner. Our focus was on his contribution and his most up-to-date thoughts on the Church Growth movement.

In remembrance of Peter Wagner, I’ve posted that interview for you here:

Also on the page with the interview, you can download my “Church Growth Champions” report on Dr. Wagner (this is an internal report I write each month for my Renegade Pastors Network. It will give you a great overview of Wagner’s life and ministry).

Both the interview (MP3) and report (PDF) are free.

Whether you knew him personally, knew ‘of him’ or are just hearing his name for the first time, I would encourage you to get to know him.

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about attending Dr. Wagner’s 80th Birthday party a few years ago. Plus . . . my top three Peter Wagner book recommendations.

Your partner in ministry,


P.S. Let’s be in prayer for the Wagner family.

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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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