What Gets Measured – A Saturday Quote

“What’s measured improves.”

- Peter Drucker, management consultant, author, and educator

 

Posted On: July 26, 2014
Posted as: Metrics
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LAST Chance for my Top 10 Fall Sermons – HALF OFF!

Today is the final day for you to save with my Top 10 Fall Sermons Sale - don’t miss out on this last opportunity to get these proven sermon series for HALF OFF!

Fall will be here before we know it – so today I’m encouraging you to start planning NOW.

Preaching sure requires a lot of advanced planning – but these resources will cut that planning time dramatically! I’ve already gone through my full library of sermons to provide you with this Top 10 list – the best of the best that will be perfect for the fall season.

And, TODAY ONLY, these 10 proven sermon series will be available for HALF OFF. 

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Here are My Top Ten Fall Sermons:  

  • FINANCIAL FREEDOM - full 8-week campaign kit to move your people to a solid, Biblical plan for financial success
  • NEW TESTAMENT CHALLENGE - full 3-month campaign kit to grow your congregation by studying the New Testament
  • CONQUERING THE GIANTS - 5-week sermon series to teach how to overcome the giants of fear, finances, career, temptation and failure
  • UNSTUCK - 6-week sermons series to teach your people God’s plan for getting “unstuck” and the Biblical principles to experience the transformed life that God promises us in Christ.
  • FULLY ENGAGED - 4-week sermon series to teach the people in your church the power of a committed life
  • UNSHAKABLE FAITH - 6-week sermons series that will help you teach your people how to face even the toughest of situations with their faith not just intact, but stronger than ever.
  • DARE TO BE GREAT - 5-week sermon series examining the “Great” statements from Jesus (Great Commandment, Great Commission and Great Compassion.)  You’ll be able to provide practical next steps for your people to live a God-honoring life of greatness.
  • TRAIN TO WIN - 8-week sermons series that will help your congregation discover and strengthen their “spiritual muscles” by learning and living core doctrines that all healthy Christians need to know.
  • FORWARD IN FAITH - 5-week sermon series that will challenge your church to move forward in their faith and out of their comfort zone.
  • BOD 4 GOD - 4-week sermons series that will help you to teach your people to honor God with their bodies – and understand how physical health is connected to spiritual health.

Every sermons series includes transcripts, outlines, graphics and over 60 hours of sermon preparation by our teaching team. And all are fully downloadable so you can start using these resources immediately!

Click Here to Choose Your Sermons and Save HALF OFF – TODAY ONLY!

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. Make this the week to start planning your fall preaching calendar!

The opportunity to save HALF OFF on these Top 10 Fall Sermon Series ends TODAY so click here to choose your series now! 

Posted On: July 25, 2014
Posted as: Worship Planning
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LIVE from Systems Boot Camp Orlando – Focus on Measurement

I’m writing to you from Walt Disney, Orlando –  in the middle of our 3-day Church Systems Check-up & Boot Camp. We are blessed to have a full conference – just look at this amazing group! 

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We’re focused these 3 days on the 8 Systems of a Healthy Church, and specifically Measurement of those 8 systems.

Remember that a S.Y.S.T.E.M. is any ongoing process that Saves You Stress Time Energy and Money and continues to produce results.

It might take you energy to set up and implement in the beginning, but a System will save you time and energy in the long run and help you concentrate on more important priorities.

When it comes to measuring your church systems, always remember that SOME measurement is better than NO measurement.

There’s a proven psychological principle known as The Hawthorne Effect that tells us that, “Simply by deciding to measure – we can alter the results being measured.”

For example, simply by choosing to pay attention to your Assimilation System and measure certain key aspects, you will see improvements in those numbers.

Which numbers do you start with? Here are the Top 5 Metrics that you should be tracking:

Overall Attendance

First and Second-Time Guests

Volunteers

First-Time Decisions for Jesus

Giving

At this event I’ve gone in-depth on these metrics and the key elements for each of the 8 Systems that have the most impact on the health and growth of your church. If you’re not focusing yet on systems, I still have a couple of FREE resources for you below to get started TODAY.

Your partner in ministry,

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P.S. To really dive into the 8 Systems – and how to measure them – I invite you to pick up my FREE e-book, What Gets Measured. This is the perfect document to review with your staff at your next meeting. PLUS, at the same time you can register for my BRAND NEW FREE webinar, The Eight Systems of a Healthy Church.

Click here to get your FREE e-book, What Gets Measured!

Posted On: July 24, 2014
Posted as: Church Systems
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6 Reasons to Preach About Money

IMG_9967I often teach that “Stewardship is Discipleship” and share the benefits to both your members and your ministry on using a stewardship system to cultivate giving in your church. Today’s guest post addresses this often taboo issue head-on. Brandon A. Cox is the editor of Pastors.com and author of “Rewired: Using Technology to Share God’s Love.”

As a pastor, I’m well aware of how many people have the assumption that “all pastors want to talk about is money.” The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands of pastors, I can firmly assert that talking about money is one of our least favorite things to do, especially in our culture where personal finances are very… personal.

But the Apostle Paul wrote to a younger Pastor in Ephesus named Timothy once and told him to “Teach and urge these things … there is great gain in godliness with contentment … but those who desire to be rich fall into temptation … for the love of money is the root of all evil. As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches” (1 Timothy 5:2-17 ESV).

In other words, good doctrine (which literally means “teaching”) demands that we address the issue of money. Here are several reasons why the church needs to talk about finances …

  • How we use money is a matter of worship—it demonstrates our values and what is important to us.
  • It is pretty obvious people NEED help in this area—we’re strapped and stressed because of terrible management.
  • Generosity is a key value of the Christian life, for the church and for the individual Christian.
  • Money needs to serve the needs of man and the causes of justice, rather than man serving under the tyranny of money.

To read this post in its entirety, click here.

Your partner in ministry,

NelsonMaximize-web-button

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Posted On: July 23, 2014
Posted as: Misc
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My Top 10 Fall Sermons – All Half Off!

Fall will be here before we know it – so today with our Top 10 Fall Sermons Half-Off Sale I’m encouraging you to start planning NOW.

It’s an interesting thing we do as pastors – preparing a sermon every seven days. I have a lot of motivational speaker friends who only have to develop one or two speeches a year, but we have to develop one every week!

Add to that the responsibility of transforming lives for Christ with our messages.

Preaching sure requires a lot of advanced planning – but these resources will cut that planning time dramatically! I’ve already gone through my full library of sermons to provide you with this Top 10 list – the best of the best that will be perfect for the fall season.

And, today through Friday only, these 10 proven sermon series will be available for HALF OFF.

Click Here to Choose Your Series and Save HALF OFF Today!

Here are My Top Ten Fall Sermons:

FINANCIAL FREEDOMimage001 – full 8-week campaign kit to move your people to a solid, Biblical plan for financial success

NEW TESTAMENT CHALLENGE – full 3-month campaign kit to grow your congregation by studying the New Testament

CONQUERING THE GIANTS – 5-week sermon series to teach how to overcome the giants of fear, finances, career, temptation and failure

UNSTUCK – 6-week sermons series to teach your people God’s plan for getting “unstuck” and the Biblical principles to experience the transformed life that God promises us in Christ.

FULLY ENGAGED – 4-week sermon series to teach the people in your church the power of a committed life

UNSHAKABLE FAITH – 6-week sermons series that will help you teach your people how to face even the toughest of situations with their faith not just intact, but stronger than ever.

DARE TO BE GREAT – 5-week sermon series examining the “Great” statements from Jesus (Great Commandment, Great Commission and Great Compassion.) You’ll be able to provide practical next steps for your people to live a God-honoring life of greatness.

TRAIN TO WIN - 8-week sermons series that will help your congregation discover and strengthen their “spiritual muscles” by learning and living core doctrines that all healthy Christians need to know.

FORWARD IN FAITH – 5-week sermon series that will challenge your church to move forward in their faith and out of their comfort zone.

BOD 4 GOD – 4-week sermons series that will help you to teach your people to honor God with their bodies – and understand how physical health is connected to spiritual health.

Every sermons series includes transcripts, outlines, graphics and over 60 hours of sermon preparation by our teaching team. And all are fully downloadable so you can start using these resources immediately!

Click Here to Choose Your Sermons and Save HALF OFF Today through Friday Only!

We’ve already done the heavy lifting so you can focus on delivering a powerful, Spirit-led message, adapting it to your culture to see life change in your congregation.

I don’t want you to miss this opportunity for us to partner together to grow God’s kingdom this fall.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. Make this the week to start planning your fall preaching calendar!

The opportunity to save HALF OFF on these Top 10 Fall Sermon Series ends Friday so click here to choose your series today!

Posted On: July 22, 2014
Posted as: Worship Planning
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7 Factors that are Hindering Evangelism in Churches

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Dr. Thom Rainer, President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources

Evangelism is one of the key systems of healthy churches. With a goal toward revitalization, in today’s guest post Dr. Thom Rainer encourages you to “look in the mirror” when it comes to measuring the evangelistic temperature of your church. (You have an opportunity to meet Dr. Rainer in a couple of months – for details see the P.S.)

There is no shortage of pundits who are providing to us the gloomy and dismal state of American congregations, and, indeed, of many churches around the world. For sure, I am among the guilty. While personal evangelism is ultimately a heart issue between Christians and God, we do see ways this disobedience to the Great Commission is manifesting itself.

Despite all the negative information you have heard from me, I remain an obnoxious optimist about local congregations. One of the reasons I am so optimistic is that many of us are no longer ignoring the problems. One of the early steps to church revitalization is a willingness to “look in the mirror.”

With that in mind, in this article I try to help church leaders look in the mirror if their churches are not evangelistic. And here are seven factors that leaders may see when they get that honest perspective.

  1. There is no priority of evangelism. I know. That sounds too self-evident. But churches that do not make evangelism a high priority are really making it no priority at all.
  2. Many laypersons believe that evangelism is what we pay the pastors and staff to do. Such a perspective is first unbiblical and, second, unproductive. Evangelistic churches always have enthusiastically evangelistic laypersons.
  3. Many churches have an excuse mentality. So pastors blame it on the laity. The laity blame it on the pastor. And both blame it on culture, the denomination, or some other external scapegoat.

To read all 7 factors in this guest post, click here.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

pimgP.S. - Dr. Thom Rainer is one of our unique faculty who will be joining me for our first-ever Renegade Pastors University, Sept. 23-25 in Nashville. Come back to seminary – for just a few days! You’ll hear from the foremost experts in church growth, church leadership, and church health, all in one place! Other guest speakers include Dr. Bob Whitesel, Dr. Gary McIntosh and Stephen Mansfield.

Super early bird registration ends July 30 – click here to secure your spot today!

Posted On: July 21, 2014
Posted as: EvangelismUncategorized
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The Challenge of Leadership – A Saturday Quote

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“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

- Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, author and speaker

Posted On: July 19, 2014
Posted as: Leadership
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It’s BACK! My FREE List of Best Books of 2014 (So Far!)

LBest-Books-web-icon-2014ooks like we have quite a few readers out there! I’ve had a number of requests to bring back my free list of this year’s best books. This is the best of the best – what you should be reading now to maximize your leadership and your ministry.

Normally you’d have to wait until the end of the year to get an inside look at what I’m reading. But with so many great books out there NOW that can have a positive impact on your church, I’ve gone ahead and put together my top picks for you.

These are the “Best Books of the Year – So Far!” (with a couple of Honorable Mentions too) – out of 145 books that I’ve read this year! And it’s available today through tomorrow only!

Because I know that leaders are readers - and I’m going to do everything I can to save you time and focus your attention where it needs to be for maximum growth and development.

If the quality of the books released during the first half of the year are any indication, it’s gonna be a banner year of learning, reading and growing for all of us. In this list, you’ll find:

  • Results-producing direct mail strategies that you can apply to your ministry! 

  • Ways to breathe new life into your church   

  • The single-fastest growing religious group – and how to reach them! 

  • A blueprint for reinvigorating your faith through fasting and prayer 

  • New books from your favorite authors 

  • How to resurrect your most masculine self

  • An honest look at creating extraordinary relationships that stand the test of time 

  • And one book that you’d definitely overlook!

Go ahead and pick up your FREE list of the Best Books of 2014 – So Far!

I’m so excited to give you this inside look into what I’m reading and learning. I hope you’ll take advantage of this new growth opportunity, which ends tomorrow!

Remember, all leaders are readers!

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. - If you love books, you’ll also have an opportunity to get access to 30 FREE book summaries ($379.00 value) plus a hardcover copy of my own book, The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. This book is all about helping pastors like you abandon average to have greater effectiveness in your life and ministry.

Click here to grab your FREE Best Books of 2014 – So Far! list plus get my new hardcover book The Renegade Pastor AND 30 FREE Book Summaries today for just $1.00!

Get it today – ends Friday, July 18th

Posted On: July 17, 2014
Posted as: Books
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Quotes of the Week – Best of Twitter

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  • The ability to anticipate is what separates average leaders from excellent leaders.
  • Keep an eye toward what’s coming down the pike. As a leader, you should always be thinking five steps ahead of everyone else.
  • 4 Things a Leader Does: Learns, Engages, Anticipates, Decides.
  • When you took on the role of pastor, you immediately became a leader – whether you were prepared to be one or not. Time to step up and lead.
  • Shepherding involves three critical tasks: Leading your sheep, feeding your sheep, and protecting your sheep.
  • You have been entrusted with an assignment to lead your flock with an excellence that reflects the love and glory of God.

Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory. - Luke 22:26

God’s best to you,

Nelson

 

Posted On: July 16, 2014
Posted as: Leadership
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Learning from Growing Churches in England

Apic_staff_weemss I write this I’m actually heading “across the pond” to London and Oxford with Dr. Bob Whitesel for a study tour following the “Footsteps of John Wesley” and his immense contributions to the church growth movement. Today’s guest blog reveals even more recent learnings from England about church growth. Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr. is the director of G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Here he reveals several characteristics found in growing churches in England – much that can be applied to churches everywhere.

The Church of England set out to learn from the 18 percent of their churches that grew in the decade up to 2010. A study conducted between 2011 and 2013 sought to investigate the factors influencing church growth in the Church of England.

While there is “no single recipe” for growth, they concluded there are some ingredients closely associated with growing churches. In many ways, these factors mirror findings in the United States from the Faith Communities Today research and that of others.

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Those studying the Church of England found a strong correlation between growth and qualities of leaders when these qualities are combined with an intention to grow. Leadership qualities that stood out included the abilities to motivate, envision, and innovate. Such qualities, according to the study, lead to growth when found in a leader who makes a priority of numerical growth.

Mission and purpose
Churches with a clear mission and purpose were far more likely to grow. Two-thirds of such churches grew compared to one-quarter of churches without such clarity regarding purpose.

Willingness to reflect and adapt
Self-reflection was a prime characteristic of growing churches, whereas “doing things by default” was more common among declining churches. Worship is a good example. No particular style of worship led to growth, but how the worship style was chosen was critical. Growing churches openly considered their options so that worship became “chosen rather than inherited.” Growing churches were willing to experiment and fail until they found the right match between tradition and culture. “Vitality comes with reflection and choice” is how one person put it.

To read this guest post in its entirety, click here.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

nelsonsearcy-c87deccb-7fde-4688-8c8c-ff630854c830-v2P.S. It’s clear that leadership of the church plays a significant role in its growth. The best strategic leaders have a tool kit of proven leadership principles at their disposal. I’ve been a long-time student (Okay, you can call it an obsession) of these kinds of ideas and strategies – and have spent hundreds of hours pouring through books, case studies and most importantly – field testing with my own ministries – to boil it all down to the 10 strategic concepts that will best help YOU and YOUR CHURCH. These strategic – and Biblical – concepts will guide you from where you are to where God wants you to be. I promise you they will give you more time, energy and attention – with a whole lot less stress!

Today through Friday only you can save 89% on my brand new resource, 10 Advanced Strategic Concepts, where I explain them in great detail and how you apply each concept to your ministry.

Posted On: July 15, 2014
Posted as: Strategy
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