What Could You Do with 150+ New People Serving? + Free Downloads

Ministry-SeminarOne of the new resources we released in 2009 is The Ministry Seminar. It is our newest systems seminar and it’s all about getting the maximum possible number of volunteers involved in serving at your church.

Here’s a recent email I received from my good friend Roy Mansfield, Small Groups Pastor at Northstar Church in Panama City, Florida (and former CLI Director of Training Events), about how they were able to use The Ministry Seminar in their church:

Hey Nelson,

We hired a Marketing entrepreneur in our congregation to work three days a week to oversee our “Front Lines Ministries” (greeting, ushers, cafe, parking, child check-in etc…).

I had him listen to The Ministry Seminar and worked with him to design the process and ministry ladder for the Front Lines.

Marty and I team taught our version of “You Were Shaped to Serve” in our 40 Days of Purpose campaign (I climbed a “leadership ladder” and everything) and we had 171 people sign up to serve for the first time!

By Thursday, Mark and his team had everyone contacted to schedule their first serve opportunity.

It was a great day (we even had 9 people become Jesus followers and 11 more request info about making that decision) and I think the law of spiritual preparedness was a big part of the effectiveness.

The Ministry Seminar was a great tool for me to give to Mark!

Pray for us as we’re kicking off our “LOL: Discovering the Joy of Service” series in two weeks and our plan is to challenge people in one service to walk out of the service the are attending and stay and serve in the next service.

Thanks again for your investment in so many churches.


171 People signed up to serve for the first time in ONE DAY! That is unbelievable – way to go!

Roy also sent over some of the documents they’re using with all of the new people serving, and gave me permission to share them with you, so here they are (right-click and choose “Save As…” to download each of them):

P.S. What are you going to do in 2010 to get the most possible people involved in serving at your church? Check out The Ministry Seminar for a comprehensive look at how to build your church’s ministry system.

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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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