Servolution Book Q & A

I’m excited to be a part of the blog tour for my friend Dino Rizzo’s new book, Servolution.  He’s answering questions from all over the country today about the idea of starting a church revolution through serving.  Here’s mine:

Q: How important is it, in your opinion, that churches work together to serve their communities?  What do you think causes some to not want to work together?

A: Nelson – thanks for taking the time to participate in the tour.  You’re a huge blessing to the Church we both love so much.  Thank you for all you do.

I believe that there’s nothing that compares to churches working together to serve their community.  There’s so much more that can get done.  The Bible even teaches that what one can do alone, ten times that can get accomplished with two working together.

I think when I really decided how important it is to work together with others came one day when I had a thought – I won’t say it was a vision, but it was close – more of a daydream that turned really vivid.  The picture was of me decked out in mountain-climbing gear, standing atop Mt. Everest.  I had just reached the summit, and I was exhilarated.  But then I turned to give someone a hi-5.  No one was there.  Suddenly I was bummed.  The thrill of it all emptied out quickly because I had no one to celebrate with.

As humans, we are built to enjoy each other, and when we go after life alone, we miss out on a lot of joy God offers us.  In reality, we will reach far more mountaintops as a team than we would alone.  And when we do, we’ll have someone to hi-5.

Honestly, Nelson, I can’t think why anyone would want to go alone in this.  Not once you’ve tasted the joy of serving together.  It’s just so much more effective and fun.  Maybe it’s because they just haven’t experienced it yet.

P.S. Have you considered bringing a mission team to New York City this summer?  If so, check out this post from a while back about The Journey’s One in a Million project.

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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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