Martin Luther on the Treasure of Music

Martin Luther

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
-Martin Luther

Posted On: February 13, 2016
Posted as: MiscWorship Planning
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Last Day – FREE Training Video

This may be my most popular video yet, and I couldn’t be happier. This is something every pastor needs to see and understand — because nothing can impact your church growth faster than Assimilation.

So in case you missed this new free training on “The Power of Assimilation” – or want to watch it again! – I’m bringing it back for one more day. 

Last Chance – Click here to watch your FREE video now

Assimilation Video

 

You have people attending your church each week for the first time but the challenge you know too well is that it’s difficult to get them to return to church for a second time. And that means they’ll never become fully developing followers of Jesus!

This is important stuff but the good news is that just small changes in this area can have a BIG IMPACT on the number of first-time guests who do return. I explain all this in today’s free video training, where you will learn:

1. How Assimilation can grow your church exponentially in just one year.

2. How just “little tweaks” can make a significant impact on Assimilating First-Time Guests.

3. The Assimilation Ratio of the average church.

4. How to calculate your Assimilation Ratio and what you can do toincrease your ratio.

As you can see, I’ve been living and breathing this Assimilation system since first developing it 10 years ago at The Journey Church. I’ve seen first-hand the dramatic results at our church and with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations.

That’s why I’ve decided to go back into the studio to completely rerecord and re-engineer this teaching! So we’ve radically updated everything and redesigned this resource specifically for team training and to make it easy to implement with your team! (more on that below)

We’ve also created a few special low-cost packages including a new DVD video version. And to my surprise it’s quickly becoming the most popular option!

But take note – Today’s your final opportunity to receive a few Limited Release Bonuses including a FREE Fast Implementation Q&A call with me ($79 value!). See the PS below for full details.

Click here to see the video now and learn more about this powerful new resource. Last chance! 

Praying you will join me and over 3,000 other churches in radically transforming your church through the Power of Assimilation!

Nelson

Assimilation-Seminar-collageP.S. – This brand new, step-by-step, “Done-for-You” resource contains everything you need to implement the Assimilation System in YOUR church!

10 years in the making, it’s completely updated and expanded to be 30% longer with 50% more content – the latest learnings and strategies that have worked in my church and at over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations.

Plus, it’s organized for team training with seven powerful sessions that you can go through at your own pace – easily one per week!

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME – you have a Team Training DVD Option! Train your staff and key leaders — I will be right there on the screen walking you through each of the seven sessions of training.

Multiple package options available to fit your budget – Click here to choose from Download, CD or DVD! Plus save up to 90% with Early Release bonuses – Hurry, opportunity ends TODAY, Friday, February 12th!

Posted On: February 12, 2016
Posted as: Assimilation
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An Interview with Gardner C. Taylor: Remembering One of America’s Best Preachers

Today’s guest blog comes to us in the form of an interview conducted in 1981 by Terry Muck and Paul Robbins for Leadership Magazine

Gardner C Taylor

Rev. Gardner C Taylor

In a 1979 story, Time magazine described Gardner C. Taylor as one of the seven best preachers in America. Yet Taylor, pastor of the 10,000-member Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, admits preaching has never been an easy task.

“As a young man I didn’t feel entirely comfortable with my calling to preach; as a new pastor here in Brooklyn I felt the tugs to join in the political life that swirled around our community; and even now after thirty-two years here at Concord, I rarely feel fully delivered in my sermons.”

In spite of these difficulties so common to the preaching ministry, Taylor is thankful for the life to which he’s been called. “The Lord does not misfire. I’m thankful more and more every day he made me a preacher.”

Do you think you’re a better preacher today than you were thirty years ago?

I know I am. But I’m not as good a preacher as I want to be. After I preached yesterday afternoon, I said to myself, “I didn’t get at it the way I should have.”

That will probably encourage readers.

I feel that way often. Now and then I get a wonderful sense of having been delivered fully through a sermon, but it doesn’t last long, and by Tuesday or Wednesday that sermon begins to look awfully wooden and stale in retrospect. But I know I’m a better preacher now.

Do you sometimes have let-down Sundays?

Yes, I come to what my wife calls preaching plateaus, in which everything is flat country. I used to go through more of that than I do now, preaching slumps in which the stream didn’t flow, the wheels didn’t turn for three, four, five weeks. I learned to look inward at those times, offer what I was passing through to God. I tried to believe by the promise of the Word that those sermons spoke to somebody who was having in some sense the same kind of experience.

What would be your counsel to young preachers?

To realize that the Lord does not misfire. If he has put a pressure on your life to do this work, he knows what he’s doing.

Any regrets?

With all the doubts and uncertainties I’ve had, I’m thankful more and more every day that the Lord made me a preacher. I remember early in my ministry reading what Wordsworth said, “What will you do when your ministry fades into the light of common day?”

Well, my preaching has long since faded into that light, but whenever I come down from that pulpit so weary that I never want to preach again, the Lord finds some way to revive me, and usually makes my next ministry opportunity one of my most exciting ones.

To read the full interview, click here.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

Posted On: February 11, 2016
Posted as: Ministry
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Free Video – The Power of Assimilation

Today you have an exclusive opportunity to catch this new free training on the “Power of Assimilation.” Nothing can impact your church growth faster than Assimilation.

You have people attending your church each week for the first time but the challenge you know too well is that it’s difficult to get them to return to church for a second time. And that means they’ll never become fully developing followers of Jesus!

This is important stuff but the good news is that just small changes in this area can have a BIG IMPACT on the number of first-time guests who do return. I explain all this in today’s free video training:

Click here to watch your FREE video now

Assimilation Video

In today’s free Assimilation video, you will learn:

  1. How Assimilation can grow your church exponentiallyin just one year.
  2. How just “little tweaks”can make a significant impact on Assimilating First-Time Guests.
  3. The Assimilation Ratioof the average church.
  4. How to calculate your Assimilation Ratio and what you can do toincrease your ratio.

As you can see, I’ve been living and breathing this Assimilation system since first developing it 10 years ago at The Journey Church. I’ve seen first-hand the dramatic results at our church and with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations.

That’s why I’ve decided to go back into the studio to completely rerecord and re-engineer this teaching! So we’ve radically updated everything and redesigned this resource specifically for team training and to make it easy to implement with your team! (more on that below)

We’ve also created a few special low-cost packages including a new DVD video version. And to my surprise it’s quickly becoming the most popular option!

But take note – this is the FINAL WEEK that you’ll receive a few Limited Release Bonuses including a FREE Fast Implementation Q&A call with me ($79 value!). See the PS below for more details.

Click here to see the video now and learn more about this powerful new resource. Hurry – video available Today Only! 

Praying you will join me and over 3,000 other churches in radically transforming your church through the Power of Assimilation!

Nelson

Assimilation-Seminar-collageP.S. This brand new, step-by-step, “Done-for-You” resource contains everything you need to implement the Assimilation System in YOUR church!

10 years in the making, it’s completely updated and expanded to be 30% longer with 50% more content – the latest learnings and strategies that have worked in my church and at over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations.

Plus, it’s organized for team training with seven powerful sessions that you can go through at your own pace – easily one per week!

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME – you have a Team Training DVD Option! Train your staff and key leaders — I will be right there on the screen walking you through each of the seven sessions of training.

Multiple package options available to fit your budget – Click here to choose from Download, CD or DVD! Plus save up to 90% with Early Release bonuses – ends Friday, February 12th!

Posted On: February 10, 2016
Posted as: Assimilation
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I Ran a Successful Business, Why Can’t I Run a Successful Church?

Avatar-no-backgroundToday’s guest blog comes to us from Karl Vaters, pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, CA. Karl is the author of The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us and is a regular contributor on NewSmallChurch.com.

Much of today’s ministry training takes its lead from businesses.

Maybe businesses should be taking their lead from pastors.

Many successful businesspeople have flamed out trying to plant or pastor a church. Some left a successful business for full-time ministry, only to burn out and go back to the business world. Some started in ministry, then quit to go into business, where they finally found success.

It’s much easier to start or run a successful business than to plant or pastor a successful church.

And when I say ‘successful church’ I don’t mean a big, growing one. I mean a solid, healthy one – of any size.

If you pastor a church and it’s not collapsing in a heap beneath you, you’re doing a better job at a harder task than most of the successful business owners and managers that people want us to emulate.

So, why is pastoring harder than running a business? Here are 6 reasons:

1. The Church Is a Family, Not a Business. Running a church like a business is similar to running a family like a business. You can’t get there from here. That’s why the biblical requirements for pastors, bishops, overseers and other church leaders are drawn from family life, not business life.

2. Working with Volunteers Is Very Different than Working with Employees. It’s hard to hire, train and manage employees. Now, imagine doing all of that without the incentive of a pay check. That’s what pastors have to do with volunteers.

3. Churches are Much More Complex than Businesses. There are a lot of moving parts to a healthy business. There are infinitely more to a healthy church. Spiritually, emotionally, financially, and socially. We’re there from the joy of birth to the sorrow of death. Aside from the family, there is no institution that touches more aspects of people’s lives than the church does. Yet pastors are expected to master it all. No wonder so many quit in frustration.

To read the remaining three reasons, click here.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

Posted On: February 09, 2016
Posted as: Ministry
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McGavran Monday – Stewards of God’s Grace

McGavran-graphicsIn honor of Dr. Gary McIntosh’s new biography of Donald McGavran, here’s today’s Monday moment:

“There is no doubt the Body rightly understood, reverently discerned, and scientifically described assists Christian leaders in being better stewards of the grace of God and effective communicators of the gospel of Christ.”  - Donald McGavran

Secure your copy of the book at 40% OFF plus insightful bonuses here.

(the above quote is from p. 110 of Ten Steps for Church Growth, by Donald A. McGavran and Winfield C. Arn)

Posted On: February 08, 2016
Posted as: Church Growth
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Evangelism Requires Committed Leaders – A Saturday Quote

 

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“Followers must have leaders, and this means that before much can be
done with the church membership something will have to be done with
the church officials.”
― Robert E. Coleman, The Master Plan of Evangelism (book)

Posted On: February 06, 2016
Posted as: Leadership
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Books Change the World

This week in 1469 marks the death of of Johannes Gutenberg. Johannes was a developer of movable type, which became a powerful factor in the spread of the Protestant Reformation.

Here are some pictures from August 2014 when my wife Kelley and I visited the Guttenberg Museum in Germany.

Guttenberg

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

WYFBP.S. Taking a little inspiration from Gutenberg, now you don’t have to put off writing YOUR own book any longer! Registration’s open for the Revised and Updated How to Write Your First Book Two-Day Workshop with me and the very prolific Dr. Elmer Towns! Join us on Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22 at Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. As an author of over 15 books, I’ll share with you my exact, step-by-step system for writing a book while pastoring and leading a church. Plus Dr. Towns, author of over 200 books, will be teaching his secrets to prolific and powerful writing!  Only 100 spots available – plus save $450.00 when you register by Feb. 29! Click here to save your spot now – before this in-demand event sells out! 

 

 

Posted On: February 05, 2016
Posted as: Books
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The Power of Assimilation

When I first made a decision to go to church, I was an adult. It was all very unfamiliar to me but I vividly remember that experience. For me, it started what has now been a lifetime transformation process. It’s what led me to Christ, what led me to baptism, what led me to grow, what led me to understand God’s word and radically transformed my life.

I’m sure as you think about your story, that’s true for you as well. Your life has been transformed because some church cared for you and assimilated you. They helped you go from stranger to guest to family member to fully engaged follower.

For most people, the process of growing in Jesus Christ starts when they come to church for the very first time.

Can you think back to when you entered a church for the first time? It can be an intimidating situation — not knowing where to park, where to go, who you will meet, how you will be welcomed, essentially what to expect from start to finish.

The challenge all of us face as church leaders and what I saw very early on in my ministry:

You have people attending each week for the first time but because of the scenario I described above, it’s difficult to get them to return to church for a second time. And if WE DON’T GET THEM TO COME BACK, they are never going to become fully developing followers of Jesus.

It’s such a challenge that the average church in America only keeps one out of every 20 people. That averages to about only 10 first-time guests per year!

Now imagine that same church making a few small changes and now improving that number to keep 1 out of every 10!

How many more lives could be transformed?

That’s the Power of Assimilation.

There IS a proven process of Assimilation to welcome first-time guests, get them to return again and again, and effectively move them to membership and an ongoing relationship with Christ.

I first developed this 10 years ago at The Journey Church but since then have implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. The turnarounds I’ve seen have been dramatic. Even with churches that are 100 to 150 years old and stagnant for a long time.

The fact is that nothing impacts the growth of your church FASTER than Assimilation — the process of welcoming first-time guests, keeping them coming back and eventually moving them to membership.

Wherever you are, and whatever stage of life you’re in as a church, improving your Assimilation rate is going to have a dramatic impact on your church!

That’s why I’m now releasing the “next generation” of my most powerful, proven resource – I’ve radically updated it and it’s available to you TODAY:

New Assimilation SeminarCompletely UPDATED & EXPANDED:

The NEW Assimilation Seminar + Team Edition

— Now Available in CD/Download OR DVD Set!

This radical update has been 10 years in the making! See the PS below for more details on the improvements.

You can see the Power of Assimilation – now how will you make this the year that you keep and assimilate more first-time guests?

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. This brand new, step-by-step, “Done-for-You” resource contains everything you need to implement the Assimilation System in YOUR church!

10 years in the making, it’s completely updated and expanded to be 30% longer with 50% more content – the latest learnings and strategies that have worked in my church and at over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations.

Plus, it’s organized for team training with seven powerful sessions that you can go through at your own pace – easily one per week!

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME – you have a Team Training DVD Option! Train your staff and key leaders — I will be right there on the screen walking you through each of the seven sessions of training.

Multiple package options available to fit your budget – Click here to choose from Download, CD or DVD! Plus save up to 90% with Early Release bonuses – ends Friday, February 12th! 

Posted On: February 04, 2016
Posted as: Assimilation
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It’s Today – The BIG Reveal!

Great news – the wait is officially over!

I can pull back the curtains and reveal to you what my entire team has been working on these last few weeks – my brand new, 10-years-in-the-making resource that will grow your church faster than ever by helping you keep more first-time guests!

I’m excited to share this exclusive with you today. Just click below to see a breakdown of everything included with this powerful, completely updated & expanded resource – that is 30% longer with 50% completely new content!

Click here for the BIG REVEAL! 

For most people, the process of growing in Jesus Christ starts when they come to church for the very first time.

Can you think back to when you entered a church for the first time? It can be an intimidating situation — not knowing where to park, where to go, who you will meet, how you will be welcomed, essentially what to expect from start to finish.

The challenge all of us face as church leaders and what I saw very early on in my ministry:

You have people attending each week for the first time but because of the scenario I described above, it’s difficult to get them to return to church for a second time. And if WE DON’T GET THEM TO COME BACK, they are never going to become fully developing followers of Jesus.

The great news is there IS a proven process to welcome first-time guests, get them to return again and again, and effectively move them to membership and an ongoing relationship with Christ.

I’d like to share this with you and show you exactly how you can overcome these growth challenges:

Click here to see this proven process now!

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. Don’t delay – the wait may be over but this reveal won’t be around for long – the new release opportunity ends Friday, February 12th! 

Posted On: February 03, 2016
Posted as: Assimilation
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