Six Ways God Grows You (Part 4 of 4)

In this four-part blog series, we’ve looked at the six primary ways God grows you and how to develop an effective personal growth plan anchored by four cornerstones.

In last week’s post I shared the first two cornerstones. Here are the other two:

Cornerstone #3: Seminars and Conferences
Now there’s no shortage of conferences vying for your attendance. Be selective – focus on conferences and seminars that help both you and your church advance toward the purposes God has for you. (I do have a suggestion in this area — visit for more details)

Cornerstone #4: Personal Coaching
Fulfilling your calling inherently means rising to the highest level of potential God has put in you. In order to reach your potential, you need a coach. You need a current practitioner who can give you applicable tools to meet you where your church is today and help you move it toward the future. My life’s great passion is coaching church leaders who are committed to partnering with God to unleash the full redemptive potential of their churches. (If you’d like to learn more about partnering together for coaching, click here)

You can’t always control the circumstances you face. And you can’t control what God wants to do in you through the Holy Spirit. But you can control how you cooperate with Him and you can develop a personal growth plan in the spirit of cooperation with Him.

Click here for Part 1 of this series.

Click here for Part 2 of this series.

Click here for Part 3 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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