Save Time, Energy and Stress by Learning to Borrow

Before I became a pastor, I was on an engineering track. The first rule of engineering is: “Don’t reinvent the wheel.”

When I made the transition into ministry, I saw a lot of well-intentioned pastors driving themselves crazy doing just that. They were starting from scratch every single week, with everything from Sunday follow-up to sermon preparation and worship planning.

As a result, not only did their time with God get pushed to the periphery, but they also had no time for personal growth, and their families felt neglected. Given my engineering mindset, I began designing systems, checklists, and strategies to help these dedicated pastors better cooperate with God’s plan for their churches week to week.

Over the years, these systems and strategies become highly developed and refined. Pastors around the world borrow and adapt them to fit their church environments, saving themselves the time, energy and stress of having to reinvent the wheel week in and week out.

These pastors now lead healthier churches, without letting their time for God, family or their own personal development slide. They’ve learned the importance of working in conjunction with the systems and principles God put in place for His Church in order to be both more efficient and more effective.

Learning to borrow and adapt what’s already working for others is a much-overlooked necessity of ministry, particularly early on. For a new pastor, on top of family and work, are often overwhelming. The pressure of having to come up with a fresh message every week can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, sending him into desperation.

That’s one reason I often encourage young pastors and church planters to borrow and adapt not just strategies but even specific messages from other people, especially in their first few years of ministry. Repurposing already preached sermons can lighten the load considerably–and there’s nothing wrong with it.

Learn, borrow, and adapt from those who have come before you, just as they did from those who came before them.

– Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson

The above excerpt is from pgs. 40-41 of The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry.

Drawing from Nelson Searcy’s decades of ministry experience, The Renegade Pastor is a relevant, step-by-step resource for church leaders who are ready to step up in surrender to the pursuit of God’s best for his or her life and work.

P.S. – Click here to grab your copy from Amazon today!

Your partner in ministry,


Share This Post

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.

Nelson SearcyLeadership