What separates followers from fans of Jesus?

Baptism of JesusI stole this headline from my friend Bob Franquiz (Advanced Coaching Almuni and all around great guy – but don’t tell him I said so).  Bob was our featured speaker at a recent Journey All-Staff meeting and he spoke about the important of baptism.  He said:

Baptism is what separates fans of Jesus from followers of Jesus!

I stole that line yesterday (Sunday, April 20) and used it at our afternoon Baptism.  28 people took the step!  We baptized for almost an hour with two impromptu baptisms (where someone decided at the last minute to step up and be baptized – one went in fully clothed!).

I love being a pastor of a local church!  

P.S. If you would like a free baptism video from The Journey just email me under the About CLI tab above or use the Ask Nelson A Question link on the right under my pic and make your request.  Be sure to include your mailing address.


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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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