What Changes Are Holding You Back?

I often hear from church leaders who are just one or two small changes away from seeing big results in one area or another of their church.

It may be sending handwritten notes to first time guests (assimilation), planning their preaching calendar (worship planning) or printing custom offering envelopes and putting them in each week’s program (stewardship) but whatever the reason, the pastor is hesitant to make the change.

I like to say that some of the smallest tweaks to your systems can bring tremendous peaks in terms of your church’s effectiveness.

Here’s an email I received recently from one of my Coaching participants:


I’ve heard you say that other coaching participants have told you that this network is like drinking from a fire hydrant and it truly is….

More than that, I am realizing how many areas of the church that I’ve been neglecting from a leadership standpoint.  This network has been an eye-opener as to how much I really don’t know.

One specific area I wanted to let you know about – I had reservations about making the changes you recommended when it comes to offering envelopes.

I wasn’t sure  – because of the added cost of printing – whether or not to print custom envelopes and put the envelopes in the bulletin each week, but we bit the bullet and went for it anyway.

That one idea has paid for itself and then some!

The two biggest stewardship changes that we’ve made is collecting the offering at the end of each service and putting the offering envelopes in the program… small changes but huge results!!

Thanks for all that your team does – it is appreciated!

What changes are you holding off on right now that have the potential to increase your church’s Kingdom impact?

One of the reasons my Coaching Networks have been so effective is that it provides Pastors with proven systems knowledge AND the accountability (the nudge) to put that knowledge into practice.

We’re only one month away from my next Senior Pastor Tele-Coaching Network (it begins on February 18) and it may be a good fit for you.

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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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