Six Ways God Grows You (Part 3 of 4)

Over the last couple weeks, we’ve taken a look at the call to prepare for ministry. Since we’ll never learn all there is to be learned about any subject, our preparation is an ongoing process.

Now that we’ve looked at the six primary ways that God grows you, you can start to develop an effective personal growth plan anchored by four cornerstones:

Cornerstone #1: Books 
Leaders are readers, and books have the ability to expand you and your ministry in unique ways. Before I went into ministry I was not a big reader but I prayed for God to make me into one. I now read about five books every week.

I’m not suggesting you do the same but I do suggest balancing your reading around five types of books: The Bible, Best Practice Books (one each month), History Books – Biography and Church History, Theology Books, and Philosophy Books – Christian and Western.

Cornerstone #2: Audio Resources
When your hands are busy but your mind is free, audio resources are a great way to keep learning and growing. From audio books to packaged teaching by leaders you respect to various nuts and bolts podcasts, your computer or iPod can become an effective educational tool.

Meet me back here next Tuesday for the final installment of this series where I’ll share the remaining two cornerstones with you.

Click here to read part 1 of this series

Click here to read part 2 of this series

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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 80 church growth resources and 15+ 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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