The Surprising Persuasivenes of a Sticky Note

This is Kerrick Thomas – and for the last 12 years I’ve served alongside of Nelson Searcy as Executive Pastor of The Journey Church. I’m guest blogging today and would like to talk to you about the simple power of a sticky note. Using a Post-It to add a personal touch can bring about impressive results. A university study1 showed … Read More


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Leading a meeting the RIGHT way – what they didn’t teach you in seminary

Tell me honestly – how does it make you feel when you hear those three little words: “Can we meet?”  If your first reaction is to make an excuse and run – you are NOT alone. There are three reasons why pastors avoid leading meetings at all costs. Do any of these sound familiar? “I’m too busy and my team … Read More


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The Power of Meetings – and 7 Types You Need to Know – Part 2

This is Kerrick Thomas – and for the last 12 years I’ve served alongside of Nelson Searcy as Executive Pastor of The Journey Church. Today we continue our discussion of the power of meetings – are you familiar with these important types of meetings? There are three reasons why pastors avoid meetings. Do any of these sound familiar? “I’m too … Read More


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Q&A: Organization Tips for the New Year

This is Kerrick Thomas – and for the last 12 years I’ve served alongside of Nelson Searcy as Executive Pastor of The Journey Church. I’m guest blogging today and wanted to share a question I received from a member of my Executive Pastors Coaching Network, a pastor from Moline, IL. Q: “Hello Kerrick, my greatest weakness is organization, and I have … Read More


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Q&A: The 5:100 ratio – A powerful evangelism measurement tool

This is Kerrick Thomas – and for the last 12 years I’ve served alongside of Nelson Searcy as Executive Pastor of The Journey Church.  I’m guest blogging today and wanted to share a question I received from a Ministry Director from Dover, Ohio. Q: “I follow you quite a bit. I’ve read Activate and Fusion. Both great books! Thanks for all the … Read More


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The Best Gift You Can Give Your Staff In 2012!

Hey, This is Kerrick Thomas, the Executive Pastor at The Journey with a few thoughts on leading your staff. I’ve served on staff at The Journey with Nelson for the last 10 years (since our church launched).  Can you believe that?  I deserve some kind of award for patience…and humility! In those 10 years the BEST GIFT that Nelson has … Read More


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How Do You Minister to Youth through Your Small Groups?

This is Kerrick Thomas – Executive Pastor at The Journey Church and co-author of “Activate” with Nelson.  Nelson asked me to address a common small group question today on the blog. The question is “How can we minister to youth through the Small Groups System?” When it comes to youth and semester-based Activate small groups I’ve seen it work effectively in two ways: 1 … Read More


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Free Webinars for Small Groups Pastors & Executive/Associate Pastors

The CLI Team and I are trying to do everything we can to equip your church’s staff to lead more effectively in 2011! Case in point – these upcoming webinars: HOW TO AVOID THE THREE BIGGEST SMALL GROUPS MISTAKES WEBINAR Led by Kerrick Thomas and Adam Bishop THIS THURSDAY, December 9 2:00 – 3:15pm Eastern 1:00pm – 2:15pm Central 12:00pm … Read More


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How to “Activate” Small Groups in a New Church Start

This is Kerrick Thomas – I’m the Executive Pastor at The Journey Church and co-author of “Activate” with Nelson. He asked me to address a question today that we receive regularly about when and how to start Small Groups in a new church plant. We’re often asked if the Activate small groups system will work in a small church plant, … Read More


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