The Church Planter’s Call to a Place

launch conf“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called home to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance” (Heb. 11:8).

The call to a specific place can come as part of your original calling, or later.  Generally, there is a clear correlation between who you are and the place God calls you to plant a church.  While a few exceptional people are called to cross-cultural ministries, most of us are called to places that match our personality or life experiences.  If you are called to start a church, right now God is specifically preparing you for that place.  God is also specifically preparing that place for you.

If you already know where you are called to start a new church, think about how God has prepared you for that place.  What life experiences have you had that will help you relate to the community?  Can you see how God has been working in you already?  If you’re not yet sure where you should start your new church, these questions may help you clarify this part of your calling:

  • Has God called you to leave your current home?  Keep in mind that you may already be in a place to which you are called. 
  • Are you passionate about a particular area of the country/world?  Be careful not to confuse passion with personal preference!  If you know God has put a passion in  you for a specific place, carefully examine the possibility that he could be calling you there.
  • Have you ever told God, “The last place in the world I would want to live is _________”?  That might be the exact place He is calling you to go.  Remember Jonah?

If you are having a hard time pinpointing where God wants you to start your new church, take the time to do some research, talk with other church leaders, pray with your spouse, and study some examples from Scripture.


Church planters, my goal is to help you start a church from scratch that will reach as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

In other words, I want to provide you with EVERYTHING you need to Launch Large.

So, in honor of Church Planters Week, I’m offering 3 Days of Free Gifts for Church Planters and Multi-Site Pastors – today is Day 3!

Consider this your launch pad for starting a church from scratch.


Gift # 3 – FREE Launching Large Report:  The New Paradigm in Church Planting

In this FREE report, you’ll learn the difference between “launching” and “planting,” plus get an understanding of the two essential components of Launching Large..  to download now!


You can also join me for my  One Day Church Planting Launch Conference coming soon at a location near you. This conference is perfect if you are just beginning to plan a Church Launch as well as for those who have already started their services.

Let me help you avoid the pitfalls of a starting a new church!

To learn more, visit: The One Day Launch Conference For Pastors, Church Planters and Teams!

Hurry – there are limited seats available and last time this conference sold out!


I hope to see you in person at the Launch Conference, online for the webinar, or back here to tomorrow for part 5.  Know that I’m committed to doing everything possible to help you launch your new church for God’s glory.


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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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