Time Well Spent – A Saturday Quote

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“Time spent on hiring is time well spent.” 
- Robert Half, staffing services pioneer and founder of Robert Half International, the world’s first and largest accounting and finance staffing firm
Posted On: March 28, 2015
Posted as: Leadership
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The Most Frequent Burdens Pastors Face

UToday’s guest post was written by Chuck Lawless, Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary.

In my years of church consulting, I have spent hours talking to local church pastors. Much of the conversation revolves around church structure, vision, etc., but seldom does the conversation stay at that level. Pastors, it seems, long for someone to listen to them. They want someone to share their burdens, even if only for a few minutes.

Listen to the topics of pain I often hear:

1. Declining church growth –No pastor I know wants his congregation to be plateaued or in decline; however, the majority of churches in North America are in that state. A pastor may put a hopeful veneer on that truth publicly, but I’ve wept with pastors who grieve privately over their church’s decline.

2. Losing the support of friends –Losing the backing of a Christian brother or sister is a unique pain. God-centered relationships are a miraculous gift, the melding of hearts at a level the world cannot understand. When those bonds are severed, particularly over matters that are seldom eternally significant, the anguish is deep.

3. Grieving a fall – Pastoral love is not a guarantee against failure. In fact, even Jesus had close followers who fell into sin and rebellion. When our pastoral calls for repentance go unheeded, it’s difficult not to take that rejection personally.

4. Sensing that the sermon went nowhere – For many of us, our ministry is centered around the Sunday sermon. Ideally, hours of preparation end in focused exposition that leads to life transformation—but that result doesn’t always happen. Few pastors have a safe place to express candid concerns about their own preaching.

5. Losing vision – A pastor who has lost his vision for the church is leading on fumes. To admit that condition, though, is risky. Not to admit that reality is even more dangerous. Little will change until that pastor can honestly share his lack of focus.

To read the remaining burdens on Chuck’s list, click here.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

Posted On: March 27, 2015
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Staffing Struggles? Join Me at the Staffing Workshop LIVE at Disney!

staffingDo you ever lie awake at night thinking about your church staff?

In my experience, there’s no more frequent cause of insomnia for pastors than staffing issues.

Trying to navigate choppy and uncertain staffing issues can leave even the most passionate and visionary leaders feeling stressed, drained and disillusioned.

Which is why I wanted to invite you to a special one-time event I’m doing at the request of my Advanced Coaching Network (my highest-level network).

Limited seating is available but you can still save a spot now plus register at the early bird rates – click here to join me in Orlando.

Hurry – early bird rates end Monday, March 30!

Here are some truths I’ve learned about staffing:

  • One of the most difficult issues of pastoral leadership is staffing.

  • Finding the right staff is extremely difficult.  We must know where to look and how to recruit (key skills that can be learned).  Don’t ever ‘settle’ – you’ll regret it and so will your other staff.

  • Managing staff – both full and part-time – is time consuming, painful and (let’s admit it) scary at times.  A skill we didn’t learn in seminary.

  • And then, when it’s time for a staff member to leave – by their choice or ours – it hurts and most pastors don’t have a proven plan to handle it.

  • 90% of future staff problems happen during the hiring process. 

This is just a sample of the issues I plan to address at my upcoming LIVE One-Day Staffing Workshop on Thursday, April 16th in Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL.

In fact, I want to teach you my complete staffing system.  It’s based around the four areas of recruitinghiring, managing and de-hiring staff.  It’s a packed one-day workshop and only for the pastor who really cares.

In addition to my staffing system – a system I’ve learned the hard way with dozens of staff over the years at The Journey Church as well as hammered out with my coaching alumni in churches of all types and sizes – I’m also sharing all my supplemental forms, documents, checklists and actual files that you can begin to use IMMEDIATELY to help you in all areas of staffing.  Most of these are private internal documents I’ve never shared before.

Here are the details:

LIVE Staffing Workshop: Hiring, Managing, Dehiring
Thursday, April 16
9:00am – 4:00pm

Note: Upon registration you will receive hotel info and a special room reservation rate.

Be sure to register before the Early Bird deadline of March 30 – you can save $150.00 plus save your spot before the workshop completely fills up!

www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/staffing

Hurry though – there are less than 20 seats left as of right now!

Note: You can bring someone with you if you want. Register them using the link above.

Due to the nature and high level focus of this workshop, no further discounts or additional seats will be added.  As someone entrusted to manage staff, you know you need to be at the event.  See you there.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. – Remember, the Early Bird Registration ends March 30th.  Be sure to secure your spot and save $150.00 on your registration.

www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/staffing

Hurry – there are less than 20 seats left as of right now!

 

Posted On: March 26, 2015
Posted as: LeadershipStress Management
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Secrets to Hiring and “De-Hiring” – FREE Staffing Mistakes Webinar!

As you know, the stakes are high when it comes to staffing . . . . staffing mistakes are painful.

They hurt your leadership credibility, your church’s finances, your overall staff morale and your “mistake” hire’s family – not to mention how it impedes your church’s impact for God’s Kingdom!

I’ve seen these effects in hundreds of churches over the years, and they’ve led me to learn everything I can about effective and God-honoring staffing, to be a good steward of the opportunity I have in leading my staff.

I want to help you avoid the painful fallout of staffing mistakes too! 

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              WebinarSo you’re invited to join me for a FREE, 75-minute webinar where you will discover the three most common mistakes pastors make in leading and managing your staff!

Join me this week for the FREE Top 3 Staffing Mistakes webinar, with six convenient times to choose from, starting TODAY!

And it’s completely FREE (value of $39.95)!

Here are the details and how to secure your FREE spot (RSVP required – space is limited):

www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/staffingwebinar  

Together, we will walk through each of the three mistakes, what you can do THIS WEEK to correct them, and how to ensure you’re doing everything you can to cooperate with God to lead your staff and grow your church.

In this FREE 75-minute webinar you will discover:

  • How to overcome your growth barrier and the role your staff play to break that barrier.
  • Why staffing is one of the most difficult tests of leadership and what you can do about it
  • How to measure the commitment level of every staff member . . . every day
  • Why being on a church staff is the highest calling anyone can answer and how to manage your staff according to their calling
  • …and much more!

PLUS, when you register you’ll receive this SHOW-UP BONUS:

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                First 90 Days The First 90 Days: Welcome a New Staff Member ($29.95 value – Yours FREE!) 

How do you follow up with new staff to make sure that they are fully integrating into your workplace and achieving the goals that will allow them to continue to thrive in their new positions? Join me in discussing what your church can do to set up your new hires for success!

Again, it’s FREE to participate but you must RSVP at this link:

www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/staffingwebinar

BTW, a ‘webinar’ is simply an online training event where I teach you over the Internet (you can hear me and see my notes right online). All you need is a computer with speakers or headphones and Internet access – no phone line or long distance required.

See you on the webinar . . .

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. Here are the available days & times for this week’s webinars – starting today:

  • TODAY, Tuesday, March 24 @ 11:00am Eastern OR
  • TODAY, Tuesday, March 24 @ 2:00pm Eastern OR
  • Wednesday, March 25 @ 11:00am Eastern OR
  • Wednesday, March 25 @ 2:00pm Eastern OR
  • Thursday, March 26 @ 11:00am Eastern OR
  • Thursday, March 26 @ 2:00pm Eastern

Each webinar will be about 75 minutes long.

Click the link below to secure your spot now!

www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/staffingwebinar 

Space is Limited! Don’t Wait to Register – Save Your Spot Today!

Posted On: March 24, 2015
Posted as: LeadershipStress Management
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Three Prime Needs – A Saturday Quote

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“Research indicates that employees have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company.”
- Zig Ziglar
Posted On: March 21, 2015
Posted as: Leadership
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Last Chance – Two FREE Staffing Resources!

Nothing hinders your church growth more than the wrong staff in place. And where do 90 percent of future staffing problems come from?

A bad hiring process.

The good news is whether you have a new hire or you’re facing the need to “de-hire” (more on that below), you don’t have to figure this out alone. I’ve made more than a few mistakes in the area of staffing and I want to help you avoid the same pain!

nelsonsearcy-97e8c900-9935-47b5-986e-22766a461bde-v2That’s why today I’d like to give you one last opportunity to get aFREE Staffing Resource of your choice (each a $19.95 value). Choose one – or both (I suggest you get them both!).

I developed these Hiring and De-Hiring Checklists so thatnothing is overlooked in the critical hiring process or that important transition time when someone is leaving your church.

These lists are the result of hundreds of hours of hard-learned experience at my own church plus hours working with my coaching alumni. Each checklist is only one page but as tools for effective staff management – they are priceless.

Click the link below to get your FREE Staffing Resources now! Last chance – Available TODAY March 20 only:

www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/checklists

These checklists are painfully practical, but each step has the potential to save you and your church heartache in the long run!

You’ll choose one – or both – of these essential staffing checklists below:

nelsonsearcy-c76ceec3-769f-4bee-a050-107305ca3e03-v2THE HIRING CHECKLIST – $19.95 value – Yours FREE!
How people start is how they stay. You want to start them with achecklist of things they have to get done as part of their “onboarding” process.

For over a decade I’ve been using and improving this checklist at The Journey to bring alignment and clarify with all new staff members. Miss any one step on this hiring checklist and you’ll regret it later – a bad hire can cost four times their annual salary!

 

nelsonsearcy-d6377386-a237-4581-8e5d-735d87e44bfc-v2THE DE-HIRING CHECKLIST – $19.95 value – Yours FREE!
Handling the loss of a staff member is never easy – whether he or she is resigning, you need to “de-hire” someone or that once in a decade position where I have to fire someone.

Whether it’s a “good” resignation or a “not-so-good” one, It’s always emotional. And it’s easy to miss important steps in the process if you’re not prepared ahead of time. Use this checklist to  make sure nothing is forgotten in the transition that can come back to hurt the church, the remaining staff or the outgoing staffer.

Clarity is the holy grail of staffing and these documents clearly define each step of when a staff member either joins or leaves – so there’s no confusion.

Save yourself the pain and heartache of my staffing mistakes! Click the link below to grab these proven and practical checklists now – only available through the end of day TODAY!

www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/checklists

Don’t miss out – it only takes seconds to download but will save you major time and money!

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. Because I know you’ll put it off if I don’t give a deadline (human nature right!), I’m only making this giveaway available through end of TODAY, Friday, March 20 – so don’t miss it!

Take a moment and grab your Two FREE Staffing Resources – while you’re thinking about it:

www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/checklists

These checklists were developed in the School of Hard Knocks – so you can avoid a costly staffing mistake!

Hurry – Giveaway Ends TODAY, Friday, March 20 – grab your Staffing Hiring and De-Hiring Checklists now!

Posted On: March 20, 2015
Posted as: LeadershipStress Management
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FREE Growth Barriers Event: Next Stop – West Coast!

Breaking Growth Barriers web icon 2015In just a few days I’m heading out west for my new FREE event – the Breaking Growth Barriers Workshop! 

That’s right, this is FREE but you have to RSVP – or while seats are still available! There are multiple convenient locations from which to choose. See below for the full details on dates and locations – I’ll be stopping in Seattle, the Bay Area, Phoenix NEXT WEEK, then heading to Cleveland, Chicago and Minneapolis… followed by more cities to be announced!

This training event will help you discover what is keeping your church from growing and the simple steps you can take to break the growth barriers that every church faces at any level of growth.

There’s a lot of material to cover in a short time, so I decided to make this exclusively for Senior Pastors. Plus I have limited seating in the room – only 100 seats available! 

I know it may require some travel and time adjustment, but can you make it?

I hope so!

Here are all the details – Select your location:

Seattle, WA
Tuesday, March 24
9:00am – 4:00pm
Embassy Suites Tacoma Int Airport
Click here to pre-register now and save your FREE spot!


Santa Clara/Bay Area, CA
Wednesday, March 25
9:00am – 4:00pm
Santa Clara Marriott
Click here to pre-register now and save your FREE spot!


Phoenix, AZ
Friday, March 27
9:00am – 4:00pm
Hilton Phoenix Airport
Click here to pre-register now and save your FREE spot!


Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, April 8
9:00am – 4:00pm
Cleveland Airport Marriott
Click here to pre-register now and save your FREE spot!


Chicago, IL
Wednesday, April 28
9:00am – 4:00pm
Chicago O’Hare Airport/Rosemont Area
Click here to pre-register now and save your FREE spot!


Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday, April 29
9:00am – 4:00pm
Minneapolis Airport Area
Click here to pre-register now and save your FREE spot!


FREE for Senior Pastors
Must Pre-Register in Advance
Otherwise it’s $49.95 per person at the door!

 

For Seattle, Northern California or Phoenix events, go to:
www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/top3west/

For Cleveland, Chicago or Minneapolis events, go to:
www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/Top3

 

For Senior Pastors Only – You Will Learn:

  • How to identify what is keeping your church from growing the way God desires.
  • How to identify the #1 barrier that holds back your church (it’s not what you think)
  • The unique role of the Senior Pastor in removing these barriers forever (it’s not as you’ve been led to believe)
  • Specific “nuts and bolts” next steps to remove each barrier
  • How to cooperate with God to experience His blessing in your church
  • The tools you need to break through these barriers
  • Plus much more!

Discover what you need to do NOW – to get unstuck in just One Day of FREE training!

I hope you’ll be able to join me at a city near you for this FREE one-day-only event!

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. – I’m so excited to be on the road again that I want to share some special bonuses with all attendees:

nelsonsearcy-708cd236-ce12-4c5b-a3ac-3aa4e129e3a6-v21) Get your FREE copy of my brand new hardcover book, The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry ($19.95 value!)

2) Receive a complete workbook on Breaking Growth Barriers

3) Get the tools and tips you need and a special packet of “how-to” materials

4) Meet other like-minded pastors – who are also trying to break through to the next level of church growth!

Remember, it’s FREE only for Senior Pastors but you must pre-register in advance – otherwise it’s $49.95 per person at the door.

For Seattle, Northern California or Phoenix events, go to:
www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/top3west/

For Cleveland, Chicago or Minneapolis events, go to:
www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/Top3

Space is Limited! Don’t Wait to Register – Save Your Spot Today!

(If the link above is still working, there’s still space but the spots will go quickly.)

Posted On: March 19, 2015
Posted as: Growth Barriers
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Avoid the Pain of a Staffing Mistake – Two FREE Resources

Nothing keeps us awake more than staffing issues. Having the right staff on board will either double the effectiveness of your church – or it will cut it in half.

My personal journey in leading The Journey Church is why I’m so passionate about helping you – I’ve made more than a few mistakes in the area of staffing and I want to help you avoid the same pain.

That’s why today I’d like to give you a FREE Staffing Resource nelsonsearcy-97e8c900-9935-47b5-986e-22766a461bde-v2of your choice (each a $19.95 value). Choose one – or both (I suggest you get them both!).

I developed these Hiring and De-Hiring Checklists so that nothing is overlooked in the critical hiring process or that important transition time when someone is leaving your church.

These lists are the result of hundreds of hours of hard-learned experience at my own church plus hours working with my coaching alumni. Each checklist is only one page but as tools for effective staff management – they are priceless. 

Click the link below to get your FREE Staffing Resources now! Available thru Friday, March 20 only:

www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/checklists

These checklists are painfully practical, but each step has the potential to save you and your church heartache in the long run!

You’ll choose one – or both – of these essential staffing checklists below:

 

nelsonsearcy-c76ceec3-769f-4bee-a050-107305ca3e03-v2THE HIRING CHECKLIST – $19.95 value – Yours FREE! 

How people start is how they stay. You want to start them with a checklist of things they have to get done as part of their “onboarding” process.

For over a decade I’ve been using and improving this checklist at The Journey to bring alignment and clarify with all new staff members. Miss any one step on this hiring checklist and you’ll regret it later – a bad hire can cost four times their annual salary!

 

THE DE-HIRING CHECKLIST – $19.95 value – Yours FREE!

nelsonsearcy-d6377386-a237-4581-8e5d-735d87e44bfc-v2Handling the loss of a staff member is never easy – whether he or she is resigning, you need to “de-hire” someone or that once in a decade position where I have to fire someone.

Whether it’s a “good” resignation or a “not-so-good” one, It’s always emotional. And it’s easy to miss important steps in the process if you’re not prepared ahead of time. Use this checklist to  make sure nothing is forgotten in the transition that can come back to hurt the church, the remaining staff or the outgoing staffer.

 

Clarity is the holy grail of staffing and these documents clearly define each step of when a staff member either joins or leaves – so there’s no confusion.

Save yourself the pain and heartache of my staffing mistakes! Click the link below to grab these proven and practical checklists now – only available thru Friday, March 20!

www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/checklists

Don’t miss out – it only takes seconds to download but will save you major time and money!

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. Because I know you’ll put it off if I don’t give a deadline (human nature right!), I’m only making this giveaway available today thru Friday, March 20 only – so don’t miss it!

Take a moment and grab your Two FREE Staffing Resources – while you’re thinking about it:

www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/checklists

These checklists were developed in the School of Hard Knocks – so you can avoid a costly staffing mistake!

Hurry – Giveaway Ends Friday, March 20 – grab your Staffing Hiring and De-Hiring Checklists now!

Posted On: March 17, 2015
Posted as: StrategyStress Management
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Let Our Light Shine – A Saturday Quote

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“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.”
– Dwight L. Moody

Posted On: March 14, 2015
Posted as: Uncategorized
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Don’t Waste the Power of a Big Day

It’s Friday and I’m in the office getting ready for Sunday. No, not two days from now (we’re already set for THIS Sunday). I’m in the office getting ready for our next BIG DAY at The Journey!

I needed to make sure you also knew about the power of a Big Day and had the opportunity to prepare one at your church too!

Using Big Days is just a part of cooperating with God’s plan, and the way that God has worked all throughout history and will continue to work. He not only started everything on a Big Day and started the church on a Big Day, but he will wrap up his whole plan you read in Revelation on a big day . . . a REALLY Big Day!

But more than just the biblical basis of the Big Day, there are other reasons you should use a Big Day in your church.

1) Do a Big Day to make the devil mad/glorify God – The devil wants to keep hell populated and keep non-Christians from The Gospel. So when you do a Big Day and reach a lot of non-Christians, that makes the devil mad.

2) Do a Big Day to reach new people – The purpose of the Big Day is to bring new unchurched people to your church, not get Christians from other churches!

3) Do a Big Day to grow the Christians in your church – A Big Day shakes Christians out of their comfort zone and mobilizes them to do something they should be doing every single day of the week – sharing their faith.

4) Do a Big Day to build momentum in your church – You have to do something to get off the static line. If you aren’t reaching new people, you probably never do. Momentum is a church leader’s best friend!

Speaking of momentum, my coaching networks have seen the Big Day help their churches across the country – we have watched churches running 65-70 break 100 through a Big Day, churches running 360-380 break 500 through a Big Day, and churches running 700-800 break 1,000! So think about what’s possible in your church.

I want to help you achieve that and break through your next growth barrier sooner rather than later so…

nelsonsearcy-74f439bd-ad56-4305-867e-7fe23f59e35b-v2TODAY ONLY I’m giving you the opportunity to download my three-hour resource, “The Ignite Seminar,” for HALF OFF!

That’s HALF OFF the resource that has helped hundreds of churches DOUBLE their attendance in a day using a proven Big Day process – Churches of all sizes, denominations, worship styles, and geographical locations!

By teaching you the Big Day process and connecting the dots of how it fits into your overall strategy, The Ignite Seminar will stoke the fire of Evangelism in your church as you ramp up to your own Big Day this Easter – and all the other Big Days on your upcoming calendar.

Click Here to Save 50% on my Ignite Seminar – TODAY only!

For HALF OFF you can invest in this eye-opening, step-by-step resource, that will teach you:

  • How to DOUBLE your church in a day (it can be done!)
  • How to immediately raise the evangelism effectivenessof your church
  • How to mobilize your congregation to reach their friends
  • How to spark growth in a stalled church
  • How to keep momentum year after year in a growing church
  • How to excite your people, even if they’ve not been motivated in the past
  • How to influence your leaders to reach out to the community
  • How to plan and implement a proven BIG DAY process
  • And much more!

Just to be clear, this isn’t a partial “preview” version of this resource, this is very same “Ignite Seminar” that normally sells for twice this price on our website.

And you get it for HALF OFF today – just $49 (regularly $99.95) for the download. Or pick up the CD for only $69 (regularly $129.95). Available TODAY, Friday, March 13th only!

Click Here to Pick up The Ignite Seminar for HALF OFF! 

I hope you’ll take advantage of this HALF OFF opportunity and learn to harness the power of the Big Day to see more lives transformed!

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. – With this powerful, easy-to-implement resource, you will receive:

  • 3 Hours of MP3 Audio Training
  • 17-Page Servant Evangelism Strategy used at The Journey
  • Student Guide with fill-in-the-blank notes in a convenient PDF format that you can print and use to follow along, or simply view on your computer or table for easy reference.
  • A Complete Leader’s Guide so that you can take this workshop and train your staff, key leaders and volunteers. You’ll have everything you need to lead this workshop in your church!
  • NEW Next Step for Your Journey PDF – Updated and Expanded! Read the book Journey uses to help New Believers move forward in their new walk with Christ!
  • Plus Sample Documents, Promotional Items and much more!

Click Here to Pick up the Download of The Ignite Seminar for HALF OFF!

Again, act fast! – It’s only available TODAY, Friday, March 13th!

 

 

Posted On: March 13, 2015
Posted as: Church Growth
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