Brought Into the Fold – A Saturday Quote

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“Accept the fact that God wants His lost children found, brought into the fold, and fed.” 
- Donald A. McGavran
Posted On: August 29, 2015
Posted as: Ministry
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Is your church an organism or an organization?

cropped-2012_bobwhitesel_mid_700kbThe following post is from my good friend  Dr Bob Whitesel. Bob serves as Professor of Christian Ministry and Missional Leadership for Wesley Seminary and holds two doctorates from Fuller Theological Seminary. He currently serves as president of the Great Commission Research Network as well as a board member for The Society of Church Consulting.

The church is an organization that must be led and managed.  Theologian Emil Brunner even suggested that since earliest times this is the primary way theologians have viewed the church.

Scripturally the church is also an interdependent and living organism (1 Cor. 12:12, 14, 20, 27) where each person has something to contribute (Eph. 4:11-13, Rom. 12:4-8) to the community’s involvement in God’s mission (Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). Such scriptures indicate that healthy components (i.e. people) are necessary to form a healthy organization.

Modern leaders tend to view the church as an organization that must be made healthy but millennial leaders view the church as more of an organism to be fed and nurtured to health.

Which is needed?  Both are.  To summarize this dilemma, “a common weakness among church leaders is a poor distinction between organization and church.  Thus, what they are managing gets confused.”

For example, in one congregation a number of staff leaders left the church over conflict with the pastor.  In response the pastor launched a program to build a new facility. Conflict ensued.

One leader told me, “I think we thought that getting the church back to being healthy meant getting people’s minds off of the staff departures … It really backfired.  We’re unhealthy as a church. There is too much backbiting, suspicion and conflict. At our core, we are not healthy, and no amount of building a new Sunday school wing will cover that.”

When faced with a need to marshal the troops, modern leaders often fall back on an emphasis on organization over people. Their aspiration is to foster a healthy organization in hopes that it will trickle down and foster healthy people.

The problem is that unhealthy components will never create a healthy organization.

Click here to read the entire article.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

Posted On: August 28, 2015
Posted as: Church Growth
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25 Essentials Every Pastor Should Know – Join Me for a NEW Live Event

Raise your hand if you’ve ever said, “I sure wish they had taught me this in seminary.”

It always seems like our formal training only takes us so far in the “real world” outside of school. I know I’ve had to stumble my way through many things as a pastor, wishing I had the benefit of someone else’s experience.

So I know it’s not often as pastors that we get an opportunity to learn from others who have come before us – instead of learning the hard way!

As I’m coming up on 25 years in ministry, it occurred to me to dust off my 3 shelves of pastors manuals that I’ve collected since answering the call. These manuals span over 1,400 years of Christian ministry!

What I’ve decided to do is sift through the very best ideas from all of them and UPDATE these do’s and don’ts for today’s pastors. I then added even more collective wisdom from my 25 years of experience in ministry and lessons from over 2500 pastors that I have coached personally.

The result: THE comprehensive guide to being a pastor in modern times! 

25-Seminar-web-iconAnd I’m excited to share it ALL with you at a brand new, one-time event at Walt Disney World this October called The 25 Seminar: Uncovering the Lost Secrets of Pastoral Ministry Success.

Get ready to learn EVERYTHING about being a successful pastor today – that you didn’t learn in seminary! You’ll receive the collective wisdom from over 25 pastor’s manuals, 25 years of my experience in ministry, and lessons from over 2500 pastors who I have coached personally.

Click here to see how you can save $250.00 now with the Super Early Bird rate (only through THIS Monday, August 31st)! Hurry – less than 59 seats left! 

This is my most personal event yet. Join me Thursday, October 22 – Friday, October 23, during the week of my 25th ministry anniversary, for two days of discovery and practical lessons from the past 1,400 years of Christian ministry!

It’s ALL the little things you face each week as a pastor – and need to make decisions about – but didn’t have a real-life resource to consult on what to do and more importantly what NOT to do. Until now.

That’s right, I have done all of the work for you. At this unique, one-time event I’ll share 25 BIG ministry ideas and under each hang several practical applications for you. You’ll have the opportunity to get valuable content that I’ve never delivered in any setting, anywhere – and you’ll leave with specific action steps that you can implement right away! 

Practical Topics Include:

– From The Pastor’s Study to The Pastor’s Bedroom (yes, it’s exactly what you think I will cover)

– From the Call of the Minister to Performing a Wedding

– From Modern Habits of Prayer to How to Work with Deacons

– From Living in Glass Houses to How to Handle a Hospital Visit (the modern way)

– From Cutting Down on Counseling Appointments toManaging Your Email Inbox (including what to say and what NOT to ever say in email.)

-And much more!

It’s going to be a powerful event – including teachings from historical church leaders like Jack Hyles, Charles Spurgeon, W.A. Criswell, John Wesley, Richard Baxter and even St. Gregory!

All of them are critical insights for pastoral care and leadership that will help you be a better pastor than you ever thought possible! Discover all the practical success secrets and lessons that I’ve learned from 25 years of front-line ministry (and that they didn’t teach you in seminary!)

You can get all of this at The 25 Seminar.  Will you join me?

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. – Special Early Bird Registration Opportunity Ends THIS Monday, August 31st! Click here to save $250.00 now – Hurry, less than 59 seats left!

Posted On: August 27, 2015
Posted as: Growth BarriersLeadershipMinistry
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NEW Book: Biography on the Man who Sparked the Church Growth Movement

McGavran-graphicsI’m excited to share with you the release of a brand new book from my friend and fellow church growth expert Dr. Gary McIntosh – Donald A. McGavran: A Biography of the Twentieth Century’s Premier Missiologist.

Published by Church Leader Insights, this book was 15 years in the making and the first full biography ever written on the man who sparked the entire modern Church Growth Movement. In this powerful work, you’ll join Dr. McIntosh on a discovery of McGavran’s life and work; no other person so impacted the growth of the church in North American and around the world.

McIntosh tells McGavran’s compelling story from his years as an evangelistic missionary in India, to his founding of an influential school of missiology, to the beginning of a movement that changed the entire face of mission.

When it comes to applicable truths concerning the growth of the Christian church, McGavran’s story reveals critical insights that many in ministry today have been missing for far too long.

I was honored to write the foreword for this book and have Church Leader Insights be the publisher of such an important work for the Kingdom. Our continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches.

You can order direct from Church Leader Insights at the link below and get these special bonuses plus FREE shipping:

FREE Bonus Supplemental Materials Included! ($129.90 value)

  • Additional One-Hour Live Audio Teaching from author Dr. Gary McIntosh on the life and impact of Donald McGavran ($99.95 value)
  • Feature article from me on Donald McGavran as a Church Growth Champion ($29.95 value)

Plus – every order comes with a FREE copy of my brand new book The Healthy Renegade Pastor ($19.95 value).

Pick up your copy and save 40% off the retail at: 

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It is also available at Amazon.com without the supplemental material.

Thank you for investing in the Kingdom!

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. – Special release pricing for Donald A. McGavran is only available for a limited time – reserve your copy today with FREE shipping! Plus get over $149.85 in bonuses! Save 40% now at www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/Bio.

Posted On: August 26, 2015
Posted as: BooksEvangelism
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9 Biblical Church Growth Principles to Build a Faithful Church

Dr Gary McIntosh

Dr Gary McIntosh

So how much do you want your church to grow?

It actually depends how you answer this larger question — How much do you believe God wants your church to grow? 

After all, Jesus didn’t say, I may build it or I might build it. He said, I WILL build it. 

God wants his church to grow! He is not a God of a static, plateaued or declining church — He is a God of a living church. The key to unlocking maximum growth potential lies in knowing how to fully cooperate with God to build a faithful, growing church.

Church studies over the last quarter-century have consistently revealed that one of the central differences between growing churches and declining churches is a pastor who truly believes God wants His church to grow.

My friend and fellow church growth expert Dr. Gary McIntosh wants to share with you the path to partnering with God to grow to your true potential as a life-giving, growing church.

Dr. McIntosh wrote a best-selling book on this topic many years ago and I invited him to teach this to my highest level coaching network, Advanced Coaching, with expanded insights and applications to today’s church growth challenges.

Biblical-Church-Growth-web-icon_CDs-02And we recorded it all. Now in this brand new resource exclusive from Dr. Gary McIntosh, Biblical Church Growth, you’ll discover how to go beyond temporary “models” for church growth to explore nine lasting principles based on the source of life in all things — Scripture.

In this four-hour workshop, Biblical Church Growth: Nine Eternal Principles to Lasting Growth and Health, you’ll join Dr. McIntosh as he explores these biblical principles for church growth and applies them to today’s local church – YOUR church.

Click here to save over 89% – Get your brand new Biblical Church Growth resource and over $189.75 in Bonuses – for just $99 (regularly $299.95)! Ends Friday, August 28th! 

Renew your commitment to see your church grow! It comes down to this – partnering with a life-giving God who is constantly seeking to help people grow and develop, and to be the people that they want to be.

Will you join me and Dr. McIntosh in following God’s mandate to make disciples so that He may be glorified?

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. – Using personal stories and current metrics and statistics as well as numerous biblical examples, Dr. McIntosh sets forth nine principles that provide an eternal foundation for helping any church – large or small – achieve lasting vitality and growth.

In this in-depth examination of the nine principles of biblical church growth, you will discover: 

  • The main job of church leaders in growing a church (it’s not what you think)
  • The 3-fold process of effective leadership
  • Three laws of Church Growth – and how to put them into action
  • The ONE thing growing churches must be committed to above everything else 
  • How the 3 Rs factor into the development of church growth principles
  • What growing churches must see as their ultimate goal
  • The true cause of biblical church growth (you may be surprised)
  • The 3 ways churches approach the culture around them – and which yields the most fruit
  • Specific ways leaders in your church can model biblical church growth principles
  • The two most impactful ways churches grow under qualified leadership 
  • Core attributes of faithfulness (modeled after great biblical church leaders)  
  • What is limiting your potential for growth RIGHT NOW (and how you can stop it!)
  • And much more!

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Posted On: August 25, 2015
Posted as: Church Growth
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To Be Right with God – A Saturday Quote

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“Preaching a man a sermon with a broken head and telling him to be right with God is equal to telling a man with a broken leg to get up and run a race.”
- Richard Baxter, English Puritan church leader and theologian

Posted On: August 22, 2015
Posted as: EvangelismMinistry
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Unshakable Profile: George Burris

George BurrisGeorge T. Burris has been pastor of the Historic St. James Baptist Church in Madisonville, LA since January 1997. He’s also a long-time member of my Advanced Coaching Network.

Pastor George partnered with me on a co-authorship opportunity for the book UNSHAKABLE: STANDING STRONG WHEN THINGS GO WRONG. This is a proven book that I wrote specifically for first-time guests, to provide encouragement, spiritual next steps and biblical grounding for those under tension, in trouble or in transition.

George’s version of Unshakable, which he distributed at his church, featured his photo, church logo, bio and a foreword in the beginning of the book, written by George himself.

Here is George’s story on how he used his custom version of the book to expand his small groups ministry, energize his evangelism system and bring his congregation closer together.

One of the areas where Unshakable has had the biggest impact is with small groups – and actually getting them off the ground.

“We’re a traditional Baptist church,” says Pastor George. “I preach in full robe regalia. We have a very traditional Sunday School class. The concept of small groups was foreign to everyone, and they were very resistant to meeting during the week.”

Historic St. James had two women’s groups and one men’s group meeting on Wednesday nights. But, according to George, they were just “winging it.” Inspired by John Wesley (another teaching to come out of coaching) and his focus on small groups, Pastor George introduced the Unshakable book to his groups to give them an actual curriculum to follow together.

Since then, the groups are “picking up momentum” and the new structure is improving group attendance. “They’re already asking me, ‘what’s the next book going to be?’” says George.

For now, however, the Wednesday night groups are still discussing Unshakable, so the content of the book has filled weeks of group meetings.

Unshakable book icon George BurrisAn Unexpected Connection: Prison Outreach

One of the most surprising areas of influence for the book was at a women’s Bible study group at the local St. Tammany Parish Jail. George says a minister affiliated with their church was volunteering there, leading a Bible study on Tuesday nights with a group of female inmates. She had exhausted all her resources when she reached out to George; she wasn’t sure what to teach next. So George supplied her with a box of Unshakable books.

The response was tremendous, and the group leader was able to extend the book discussion for over 30 weeks.

The most amazing part since this outreach: Historic St. James has welcomed first-time guests from the jail (who had been released), and the church continues to follow up with them to encourage their ongoing attendance.

Equipping People for Life’s Changes

What has struck Pastor George the most is how much Unshakable has become a personal evangelism tool for his congregation.

“We’re still working on becoming personal evangelists as a church body,” he says. “This has helped us, and people have shared with me how the book has been a blessing to them. They’ve even bought copies to send to family members in other cities.”

In this way, the book has helped them fulfill their church’s mission to “Equip People for Life’s Challenges.”

“If a question comes up on any number of topics – death, illness, marriage – they can refer to a specific chapter in the book,” says George. “It has really helped to equip our people for outreach.”

He continues, “The book has been a great investment. More than anything it’s provided real-life answers and specific instruction that makes it a lot easier to teach and bring everyone together.”

To learn more about becoming a co-author with me for Unshakable, email us at:   info at ChurchLeaderInsights.com

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

Posted On: August 21, 2015
Posted as: Misc
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Your calling as a Pastor – Join Me for a Brand New Event – 25 Seminar

Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:6:

“I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self discipline.”

Do you remember your ordination?  That time when a group of godly people affirmed your call to ministry and prayed over you?

Since that time, you have faced many challenges and many joys in ministry.  What we do is like no other vocation, we truly make an eternal impact in the lives of people – all because:

God has placed a call on our lives!

So, let me ask you, when was the last time you “fanned into flames” the call God has placed on you?

As I’m coming up on 25 years in ministry, it occurred to me to dust off my 3 shelves of pastors manuals that I’ve collected since answering the call. These manuals span over 1,400 years of Christian ministry!

What I’ve decided to do is sift through the very best ideas from all of them and UPDATE these do’s and don’ts for today’s pastors. I then added even more collective wisdom from my 25 years of experience in ministry and lessons from over 2500 pastors that I have coached personally.

The result: THE comprehensive guide to being a pastor in modern times! 

25-Seminar-web-iconAnd I’m excited to share it ALL with you at a brand new, one-time event at Walt Disney World this October called The 25 Seminar: Uncovering the Lost Secrets of Pastoral Ministry Success.

Get ready to learn EVERYTHING about being a successful pastor today – that you didn’t learn in seminary! You’ll receive the collective wisdom from over 25 pastor’s manuals, 25 years of my experience in ministry, and lessons from over 2500 pastors who I have coached personally.

Click here to see how you can save $250.00 now with the Super Early Bird rate (only through Monday, August 31)! Hurry – less than 65 seats left! 

This is my most personal event yet. Join me Thursday, October 22 – Friday, October 23, during the week of my 25th ministry anniversary, for two days of discovery and practical lessons from the past 1,400 years of Christian ministry!

It’s ALL the little things you face each week as a pastor – and need to make decisions about – but didn’t have a real-life resource to consult on what to do and more importantly what NOT to do. Until now.

That’s right, I have done all of the work for you. At this unique, one-time event I’ll share 25 BIG ministry ideas and under each hang several practical applications for you. You’ll have the opportunity to get valuable content that I’ve never delivered in any setting, anywhere – and you’ll leave with specific action steps that you can implement right away! 

Practical Topics Include:

– From The Pastor’s Study to The Pastor’s Bedroom (yes, it’s exactly what you think I will cover)

– From the Call of the Minister to Performing a Wedding

– From Modern Habits of Prayer to How to Work with Deacons

– From Living in Glass Houses to How to Handle a Hospital Visit (the modern way)

– From Cutting Down on Counseling Appointments toManaging Your Email Inbox (including what to say and what NOT to ever say in email.)

-And much more!

It’s going to be a powerful event – including teachings from historical church leaders like Jack Hyles, Charles Spurgeon, W.A. Criswell, John Wesley, Richard Baxter and even St. Gregory!

All of them are critical insights for pastoral care and leadership that will help you be a better pastor than you ever thought possible! Discover all the practical success secrets and lessons that I’ve learned from 25 years of front-line ministry (and that they didn’t teach you in seminary!)

You can get all of this at The 25 Seminar.  Will you join me?

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. – Special Early Bird Registration Opportunity Ends Monday, August 31st! Click here to save $250.00 now – Hurry, less than 65 seats left!

 

Posted On: August 20, 2015
Posted as: Ministry
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Guest blog: 10 Ways to “Jump Start” Your Personal Evangelism

clawless-web-300x300Today’s guest post comes to us from Chuck Lawless, the Dean & Vice-President of Graduate Studies and Ministry Centers at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he also serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions. In addition, he is Global Theological Education Consultant for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

If you’ve read my previous posts, you know I’m burdened about my own commitment to reaching the lost. Even as a professor of evangelism, I have to continually push myself to do evangelism. For what it’s worth (and frankly, as a matter of accountability), here are some steps I’m taking to move in the right direction:

  1. Ask God daily to let me see people as He sees them. I tend to see people as the driver in the car who cut me off, the cashier at the gas station, and the neighbor whose name I don’t know. God sees them as sheep without a shepherd and souls for whom Jesus died.
  2. Ask other believers to pray at least once a week that I will speak the gospel boldly and clearly. This approach is nothing more than what Paul asked the Ephesians and the Colossians to do for him (Eph. 6:18-20; Col. 4:2-4). If Paul needed that kind of prayer support, I surely do.
  3. Ask God to renew my fire for Him. The bottom line for me is this: I do evangelism when I’m most amazed by Jesus. That’s why I wrote Nobodies for Jesus, and now I’m being challenged like never before to apply personally my own teachings.
  4. Pray by name for non-believers at least once a week. I often pray every day for some non-believer, but I have also set up one weekly focused time for praying that God would open the blinded minds of non-believers (2 Cor. 4:3-4).
  5. Strive to speak a good word about God to somebody each day. God is so majestic and His blessings are so numerous that I have no reason not to speak of His goodness. Even if I daily speak those words to only a believer, I develop the practice of moving conversations toward God.

To read the other 5 five steps, click here.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

Posted On: August 19, 2015
Posted as: Evangelism
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8 Tools You Need to Know for Maximum Fall Growth (Free Webinar)

What if you could get a blueprint to make a greater impact for Christ this fall – would that be worth 75 minutes of your time this week?

And what if that information was FREE ($39.95 value)?

It’s not too good to be true! You’re invited to join me this week for a  8<br /><br />
                                              Systems Webinarcompletely REVISED and UPDATED free online training event to help you implement the 8 Systems of a Healthy Church

I want to do everything I can to help you make this fall your biggest season in ministry yet!

Through my own experience as a pastor just like you, and after coaching over 2,200 other senior pastors, I have discovered this to be true:

Healthy systems lead to a healthy, God-honoring and growing church! 

Like the human body, your church body functions best (and as intended) with optimized and healthy systems. By identifying and upgrading your church’s systems you’ll be able to reach more people and make stronger disciples. (See the PS below for a complete listing of these critical 8 systems that I will cover.) 

This 8 Systems of a Healthy Church webinar is BRAND NEW and FREE for you to attend! 

There are SIX CONVENIENT DATES/TIMES THIS WEEK:

  • TOMORROW, Tuesday – 11am or 2pm Eastern OR
  • Wednesday –  11am or 2pm Eastern OR
  • Thursday – 11am or 2pm Eastern

(These are the same webinars, just repeated on different days and times.)

Click here to learn more and sign up now for FREE – Choose from 6 convenient times this week – first one starts tomorrow! 

In our 75 minutes together, you’ll discover: 

  • How your church could be seeing much greater Kingdom results than it is now.
  • The eight systems of your church and why God designed them to fulfill the purposes of His church.
  • How each system will Save You Stress, Time, Energy and Money
  • Which system you can upgrade now to see IMMEDIATE growth(as quickly as next Sunday).
  • How ONE system holds the key to reduced stress and increased creativity each week.
  • Your clear next steps to being upgrading your church’s systems immediately.
  • And much more!

Will you join me?

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

www.churchleaderinsights.com/8systems

Space is limited on each webinar, so reserve your spot today!

EASY TO PARTICIPATE

To access this free event, all you need is a computer with speakers or headphones and Internet access. I will teach you through the Internet; you’ll be able to hear me and see my notes online.

I look forward to sharing with you the latest learnings on all eight systems as an “in the trenches” pastor like you – It will be worth your time!

See you on the webinar…

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. Healthy systems lead to a healthy, God-honoring and growing church! We’ll walk through each of these critical eight systems for maximum growth:

Worship Planning – How we plan, execute and evaluate the weekend service(s) at our church.
Evangelism – How we attract unchurched people to our church and mobilize our people for evangelism.
Assimilation – How we move people from first time guests to fully-engaged members at our church.
Small Groups – How we fill and reproduce small groups at our church.
Stewardship – How we develop extravagant givers at our church.
Ministry/Volunteers - How we mobilize people for significant ministry at our church.
Leadership – How we develop leaders at all levels at our church.
Strategy - How we constantly evaluate and improve our church.

Join me for this FREE, 75-minute webinar to discover all eight of your church’s systems and how you can begin to make each of them more effective for greater health and growth!

Click here to learn more and sign up now for FREE – Choose from 6 convenient times this week – first one starts tomorrow!

Posted On: August 17, 2015
Posted as: Church Systems
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