Your Words Plant the Seed – A Saturday Quote

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“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.”
– Napoleon Hill, American motivational author and speaker on success principles

Posted On: January 31, 2015
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The Spiritual Openness of the Younger Unchurched

stetzerThis week’s guest post was written by Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research. Mr Stetzer explores our youth’s perception of church and how their openness to hearing the Gospel goes largely unanswered.

There’s an idea that Christianity in America is dying. No serious researcher—not one—thinks that. However, I still am surprised that some people think this.

Facts are our friends, in this and in every situation, and what do the facts really show about the situation?

The Unchurched Are Open

A few years ago, LifeWay Research did some significant research on the faith of young adults to see where they stood. Here are a few stats from that study:

  • 73% of unchurched 20- to 29-year old Americans consider themselves “spiritual” because they want to know more about “God or a higher supreme being.”
  • 89% of unchurched young adults say they would listen to what someone believes about Christianity.
  • 63% of young adults said they would attend church if it presented truth to them in an understandable way “that relates to my life now.”
  • 58% of 20-somethings would be more likely to attend if people at the church “cared for them as a person.”

77% of those young people who self-identify as unchurched think that believing in Jesus makes a positive difference in a person’s life, yet they seem to be staying away from church.

Why?

A lot of it has to do with their perception of church.

The overwhelming majority believe the church is full of hypocrites (67% of young unchurched). A significant group, approximately 39%, believe their lifestyle wouldn’t be accepted at most Christian churches. Finally, about 90% of young unchurched think they can have a good relationship with God without the church.

It is a mistake to say that young adults now are as connected to church as previous generations—they aren’t. But, it is a bigger mistake to think they are not open to spiritual things—because they are.

Click here to read the full article.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

Posted On: January 30, 2015
Posted as: Evangelism
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Take My 30-Day No-Cursing Challenge

unnamedWords have the power to create our atmosphere, to shape our thinking and determine our actions.

Foul language, curses and negative words have harmful consequences while well-chosen words bring life.

How often do you think about the words you use every day?

My hope is that you will take a closer look and uncover the power of language to transform your life.

I’m excited to help you do this as the focus of my new book Tongue Pierced: How the Words You Speak Transform the Life You Live.

So here is my challenge to you:

Go thirty consecutive days without saying a curse word. If you slip, start over.

Click here to get started!

Tips for Success:

  • When a curse word is on the tip of your tongue, remain silent.
  • Shift your focus to something positive you can say – and say that instead.
  • If you aren’t sure whether something is a curse word or not, it is.

Cursing may be an art form to some, but a life spent speaking words of truth and light results in a much more nuanced, more beautiful masterpiece.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. – I’m committed to helping you succeed! When you take the challenge, I’ll email you tips and insights every day to to encourage you. Click here to start the 30-Day No-Cursing Challenge now!

Posted On: January 28, 2015
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Grow Your Church Webinar – Starts Tomorrow!

grow-your-church-iconI’d like to invite you to join me for this week’s “Grow Your Church” webinar that starts TOMORROW! This webinar will show how you can cooperate with God to reach more people for Christ.

Choose from 6 convenient times starting tomorrow, January 27. Space is limited – and it will fill up! Click here to register now and save your spot.

Will you join me for this one-time-only experience to discover – and avoid – the pitfalls that would keep you from reaching more people for Christ?

PLUS, when you register by January 27th, you will receive over $1,138.14 in FREE bonuses:

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Teach your people the Biblical principles they need to live a GREAT life with this five-part sermon series. This series specifically addresses the areas of following Jesus, caring for others, using one’s gifts to serve, reaching out for God’s Kingdom, and more!

SHOW-UP BONUS #2: Church Growth Champions Interviews ($129.95 value)

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All these bonuses – plus the powerful training webinar itself – are yours for just $39 when you register TODAY!

Here are the available days & times for this week’s webinars:

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Each webinar will be about 75 minutes long.

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Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. – Your church has far greater Kingdom potential than it’s currently realizing. But you (and every other pastor in the world) are facing barriers that keep your church from growing.  I’ll teach you – from my own experience and that of my coaching alumni – how to identify and overcome the most common of these barriers to church growth! Click here to register for the Grow Your Church in 2015 Webinar

Posted On: January 26, 2015
Posted as: Growth Barriers
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Develop Church Growth Eyes – A Saturday Quote

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“As Christians refine their methods, develop Church Growth eyes,
feel church growth responsibility, communicate the Gospel, and educate those who are won until they become responsible Christians, the church as a whole will receive the abundant blessing God wants to give.”
- Donald McGavran
Posted On: January 24, 2015
Posted as: Growth Barriers
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BRAND NEW – Grow Your Church Webinar

Grow-Your-Church-2015-web-icon.jpgWhat church growth barriers are you struggling with right now? Why not make 2015 the year you break through them!

I’d like to invite you to join me next week for a brand new webinar, Grow Your Church in 2015, about how you can cooperate with God to reach more people for Christ.

Choose from 6 convenient times starting Tuesday, January 27. Space is limited – and it will fill up! Click here to register now and save your spot.

As we start the new year, I’ve been reflecting . . . and it never ceases to amaze me that God has allowed me to coach over 2,000 pastors since 2006!

You know this: your church has far greater Kingdom potential than it’s currently realizing. But you (and every other pastor in the world) are facing barriers that keep your church from growing.

On next week’s webinars, I’ll teach you – from my own experience and that of my coaching alumni – how to identify and overcome the most common of these barriers to church growth!

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  • 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)
  • Your unique role as the Senior Pastor in removing these barriers forever (it’s not as hard as you’ve been led to believe).
  • Specific “nuts and bolts” next steps to remove each barrier and build systems to avoid facing them again.
  • How to cooperate with God to experience His blessing in your church.
  • Which days you can expect fewer people and how to best use those days.
    …and much more!

And there’s one other thing . . . space is EXTREMELY LIMITED on each webinar. I only have a certain number of spots so if you want to attend, register today!

Click the link below to secure your spot for my BRAND NEW Grow Your Church in 2015 Webinar PLUS Bonuses! Over $1,341.10 value – yours for only $39!

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

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.

I’m humbled by the opportunity I have to partner with you and your church for the cause of Christ – and I look forward to having you on one of these webinars.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

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IMMEDIATE REGISTRATION BONUS:

Get a 50% Off Gift Certificate for the Church Leader Insights Store as soon as you sign up! (This will be e-mailed to you directly.)

But hurry – you must use your FREE gift certificate by January 27th!

SHOW-UP BONUS #1 Dare to Be Great

Dare to Be Great Sermon Series ($99.95 value)

Teach your people the Biblical principles they need to live a GREAT life with this five-part sermon series. This series specifically addresses the areas of following Jesus, caring for others, using one’s gifts to serve, reaching out for God’s Kingdom, and more!

SHOW-UP BONUS #2

Church Growth Champions Interviews ($129.95 value)

You will hear from Champions of the Church Growth Movement like Dr. Elmer Towns, Dr. Chip Arn, Dr. Peter Wagner and Dr. Gary McIntosh. These four “private” interviews are yours just for attending the webinar!

All these bonuses – plus the powerful training webinar itself – are yours for just $39 when you register by January 27th!

Register now at: http://www.churchleaderinsights.com/gyc2015

Posted On: January 22, 2015
Posted as: Church Growth
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5 Ways Christians Must Handle Confrontation

unnamedBeliefnet has illustrated some of my tips on how Christians should resolve conflict – taken from my new book Tongue Pierced: How the Words You Speak Transform the Life You Live.

Click here to see the 7-page gallery feature now.

Or read on for a preview of the content:

Follow God’s Lead – Make sure God is leading you to initiate the encounter. One of the best ways to discern God’s leading is to detect your excitement level. If you’re too excited you might be moving in pride. There should be a sense of humility tugging at you along with a healthy sense of dread to confront someone in love.

Request A Private Meeting – In order to be effective and protect the relationship, approach them in private. If done in public the person will more than likely try to save face and become defensive. The Bible says, “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense,” (Matt. 18:15). Follow these words to maintain your relationship.

Prepare to share your thoughts – Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance moment to moment. Make sure your own feelings are in check so that each word and thought is conveyed in love. You may even want to write it down first and remember to always consider the other person. It’s a tough position to be confronted, so be compassionate.

Tell the truth and leave the rest to God – Don’t overdo it. Communicate the truth that God has placed on your heart and then let His Spirit do the inner work. The words you speak will be confirmation and they will know it (even if they don’t admit it).

Click here to read the full article.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. – Tongue Pierced is a practical guide for understanding the important role the tongue plays in everyday life, and how we can use its power to create the present circumstances, meaningful relationships and eternal significance. To pick up my new book today just click here (it’s only $12 now on Amazon). After you pick up the book, go to www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/TonguePierced to get over $190.00 in free bonuses – including the full Tongue Pierced Sermon Series ($99.95 value) and a $60.00 gift certificate for anything in the CLI Store. I can’t give you the book for free but I will give you FIVE TIMES what you invested in the book through this gift certificate alone!

Posted On: January 21, 2015
Posted as: Books
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The Art of Hosting Church Gatherings

summitNancy Beach, Programming Director of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, explains the importance of those who play a hosting role in church service.  It’s all part of delivering an exceptional welcome experience.

Whether you watch Matt and Savannah and Al in the mornings…or some other morning show crew, you may feel as I do – that these hosts become familiar, almost like family. We invite hosts from television into our home, into our lives, and over time we trust them to not only deliver “the news’, but also to make us feel like we are a welcome part of the ongoing experience, that we are “in the know” with what is happening in culture and in our world. We learn a little about their lives, and certainly have a sense that we “know” them though we have never been introduced.

Are there any parallels with those who play a “hosting” role in a church service? I think so. Maybe at your church you call this part of your Sunday experience by another name, but whatever you may label it, I am referring to an individual who guides us along through the morning, who is or should be so much more than simply “an announcements person.” The host may be asked to invite us into the experience early on, a version of “Call to Worship.” The host may be required to play a bridging role, guiding us from a moment in worship, leading us to a time of prayer or a reading of Scripture. And yes, the host also informs us of what matters in the life of our community, and may be asked to prepare us to give our offerings. I believe this is potentially one of the most impactful individuals who serves on Sunday mornings. The most effective hosts connect with the congregation. They are warm, genuine, thoughtful, and inclusive. They identify with those who are brand new visitors as well as with the veteran attenders. They guide us along in our morning, and the best hosts make it all feel seamless and easy. Here are a few questions I am often asked about hosts:

Who should be asked to serve as a host? The host can be a member of your staff or a volunteer. What matters most is that the host is a person who fully understands the culture of your church, and someone who has the gifts of communication and discernment to “read the room”. An effective host never violates a moment in church, but is able to extend the moment with just the right tone before moving on to whatever is next. The host is warm without being over the top or too perky. An added bonus comes if the host has a natural sense of humor, but also the ability to guide people into the presence of God through prayer and pastoral comments.

Click here to read the full article.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

pimgP.S. – An effective host is just one aspect of a well-thought-out welcome experience. Another question to ask yourself – What if you could keep at least one more first-time guest each week for the rest of the year?

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Posted On: January 20, 2015
Posted as: Assimilation
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A Few Sincere Words – A Saturday Quote

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“You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on life.”
– Zig Ziglar

 

Posted On: January 17, 2015
Posted as: Misc
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Flash Sale – Half Off Sermons

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This week we are celebrating preaching following the final showing of our largest-ever Planning Your 2015 Preaching Calendar webinar. Since so many of you are now in preaching planning mode, I wanted to give you another New Year’s boost:

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God bless you,

Nelson

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Posted On: January 16, 2015
Posted as: Strategy
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