Stewardship Intensive

t may come as a surprise to some, but one of my favorite topics to talk about with church leaders is stewardship.  I enjoy talking about money and the church because stewardship is discipleship.  Jesus himself said where your money is, there your heart will be also.

I got to spend a couple of days last week in our Manhattan office with 10 churches (coaching alumni and their teams – 32 people total) from all over the United States leading the Stewardship Intensive.  The intensive is a two-day workshop where we go far deeper than we go in the Stewardship Seminar, to outline and share the inner workings of the Stewardship System.

One of the ideas the gang really got a lot out of was the simple idea of paying more attention to how we receive the offering during each service.  Church leaders will plan every other element of a worship service down to the millisecond and not give the offering a moment’s glance.  In fact, many people don’t give at church because the offering catches them by surprise!  One simple truth: you can increase your weekly offering by intentionally giving your people notice that the offering is coming so they have time to prepare for it.

PS – The Stewardship Intensive will be available for purchase in about a month but until then, if you would like to learn more about the Stewardship System, check out The Stewardship Seminar.

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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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