The Way God Works

The below excerpt is from my book The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Managing the Stress of Ministry.

You can see something good come out of stressful situations. We don’t want to come across as preachers here (even though we are). But it might be helpful to remind ourselves that God is in the business of bringing good out of even the worst episodes imaginable. The Bible is full of stories of God’s people being put in impossible situations.

From Joseph, to Moses, to David, to Paul and Jesus Himself, God can make good come out of bad circumstances. We need to remember this when we face tough scenarios: nothing is beyond God’s ability to redeem and heal. He brings together people who have been at odds for years. He provides financial solutions, sometimes in miraculous ways. We need to correctly identify stressful situations and plan a cause of action to alleviate the stress. But we should never forget that God is also at work, bringing good out of challenging situations.

Many of the stresses you will encounter in your ministry can be viewed as either good or bad. It all depends on the way you approach them. If you think something is hopeless or unwinnable, you often will make it so. If you believe there is a way out of the stress, and that God wants to teach you and your congregation through the ordeal, you will make that happen also. We are all really good at self-fulfilling prophecies.

– Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman

The above excerpt is from p. 24-25 of The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Managing the Stress of Ministry.

Pastors Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman share their secrets to effective stress management with practical steps and insights that you can start implementing immediately! God wants you to be a fruitful, faithful minister of the gospel. He wants you, as a Renegade Pastor, to rise above average as you pursue God’s best for you, your family, and your ministry.

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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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