Church Leader Insights
What We Believe
We Believe These Things:
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22 || Psalm 90:2 || Matthew 28:19 || 1 Peter 1:2 || 2 Corinthians 13:14
You are made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. You are the supreme object of God’s creation and love. Although you have tremendous potential for good, you are marred by an attitude of disobedience towards God called “sin.” This attitude separates you from God until the relationship is restored through a personal commitment to Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:27 || Psalms 8:3-6 || Isaiah 53:6 || Romans 3:23 || Isaiah 59: 1-2
Humans were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16 || 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13 || Romans 6:23 || Revelation 20:15
Salvation is a gift from God to humanity. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of Forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23 || Ephesians 2:8-9 || John 14:6; 1:12 || Titus 3:5 || Galatians 3:26 || Romans 5:1
About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.
John 10:29|| 2I Timothy 1:12 || Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14 || 1 Peter 1:3-5
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17 || John 16:7-13; 14:16-17 || Acts 1:8 || 2 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16 || Ephesians 1:13 Galatians 5:25 || Ephesians 5:18
About The Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16 || 2 Peter 1:20-21 || 2 Timothy 1:13 || Psalms 119:105, 160; 12:6 || Proverbs 30:5
About Church Leader Insights
In early summer 2004, when Nelson Searcy was asked to teach six hours on Church Planting at Rick Warren’s annual May conference, he had no idea what God had in store.
The schedule was adjusted and he was left with more content than time, so Nelson made an inspired decision to record the extra training to CDs to distribute to the conference participants. At that point, Church Leader Insights (CLI) began humbly with these four church planting resources:
- Am I Called to Be a Church Planter?
- Funding Your Church Plant
- Launching Large
- Is My Husband’s Call My Call (with Nelson’s wife Kelley)
That conference came and went, but the calls and emails continued afterwards requesting those CDs for purchase. From these “accidental” beginnings, CLI began making Nelson Searcy’s resources available for purchase at various conferences, at speaking events and over the internet.
Since 2004, Nelson Searcy has developed over 100 church growth resources. Beginning with that handful of church planters back in 2004, Church Leader Insights has grown to impact 50,000+ church leaders a year.
Today, those early church planting resources are given away on this web site. CLI gives away thousands of dollars in free resources to church planters around the world each week (Church Planters: click here for more info). In addition to these resources, CLI gives away thousands of dollars in free e-books, international downloads, free books and audio resources.
Church Leader Insights continues to develop and offer resources . . . In fact, it’s those resources that enable CLI to run the ministry and provide the free resources they offer (like the podcast, e-books, webinars, etc.). Their goal is to always give those who purchase resources far more value than the dollars they invest. It seems to be working, as this ministry is currently expanding by hundreds of new church leaders a week.
With all that has happened since 2004, Nelson Searcy and Church Leader Insights are more committed than ever to helping you maximize your leadership and grow your church, all for the glory of God!