The “One Month” Perspective

Sunday was a big day at The Journey – and you know how I love Big Days!

We’ve been gearing up for this Big Day with Kerry Shook for over a month and it really paid off. We had a huge number of first-time guests and everyone was very receptive to Kerry’s message (almost 1200 in attendance and 102 first time guests!).

If you haven’t read Kerry and Chris Shook’s book, “One Month To Live,” I encourage you to pick it up. It’s an incredible lesson in perspective. The main question the book poses is “How would your life change if you found out you only had thirty days to live?”

I find myself considering this question not only on a personal level, but also on a ministry level. Just think about it:

If you found out that you only had one month left on this earth, how would that change things in your church? Would you be tempted to walk away? Or would you use the last thirty days to reach as many people for Christ as you possibly could – to make sure that they would be in heaven with you one day?

As church leaders, we operate (we should operate, anyway) with a different mindset than the majority of job-oriented individuals. Most people, upon finding out that their lives were about to end, would walk away from their daily routines and never look back.

But our daily routines reach far past our own interests. We are not in this for a paycheck. If we are on fire for the people in our communities who don’t know Christ, the perspective of only being on this earth for thirty more days should spur us into action.

Collectively, we need to make an effort to resist the “Someday Syndrome” in ministry. You know, “Someday I’ll do a Big Day.” “Someday I’ll be better about reaching out to the community.” “Someday I’ll address the changes that need to be made in my church.”

Instead, let’s keep the “One Month” perspective fresh in our hearts and minds. Time is elusive. It passes too quickly and takes with it so many of the opportunities for outreach that we put off. Every day is a gift from God – an opportunity to draw closer to Him, spend precious time with our families, grow to our full potential, and reach a world who needs to hear the truth.

Someday never comes. Make the most of this day.

– Nelson

P.S. If you aren’t familiar with the Big Day concept, check out my resource “The Big Day by clicking here.

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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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