Should You Make September 11 A “Big Day” at Your Church?

With the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, I’ve gotten quite a few questions about whether or not you should try to make it a “Big Day” and I wanted to address that today.

I don’t like making it a Big Day for a few reasons:

1)     It’s not the best time to kick off a new series for most people. 

Make your fall Big Day September 18 or October 2 and you’ll be able to create more energy and harness the natural rhythms of your people better.

2)     It doesn’t feel right as the day to launch a series.

Let’s face it, 9/11 remains a very painful memory in our country. I don’t think that pain is the right springboard to kick off a new series and get people engaged.

3)     It’s not likely to be a great day to reach lost people.

There’s no “natural” draw for those who are far from God to attend on 9/11.  It would be a shame to put in the effort and investment for a Big Day without reaching those in need of Christ.

Don’t get me wrong – I do think that this is a powerful opportunity and you should:

  • Include a special element in your service to acknowledge the day
  • Take some time to specifically pray for our nation
  • Continue the sermon series that you’re already in

At The Journey, we’re doing all three on September 11 and it will definitely be a meaningful day (especially having had our first monthly service the week after 9/11).

We all have limited time and resources, and that means there are only so many Big Day opportunities and there are more strategic dates on your calendar.

P.S. Ready to harness the power of a Big Day at your church?

I’m giving away a FREE Copy of my resource “The Big Day” to the first 10 Senior Pastors to email me requesting it at

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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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