Happy Easter from Nelson and the Church Leader Insights team!


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Just a quick post to wish you and your family a BIG Happy Easter!

My team and I have been praying for you and your church this Easter. Without a doubt, this weekend has the potential to be the biggest and best Easter yet. Also, if you have a moment – say a prayer for me and all of our Easter services at The Journey – 12 services in NYC, 2 services in San Francisco and 3 more at our location in South Florida.

At The Journey, we sent out GIANT postcards for our Easter service this year.  I am not sure how they could be missed! We also handed out Tickets as invite cards.

I look forward to seeing what God does through all of these tools that we’ve given our people at The Journey.

Thank you for keeping up on the blog and for being a part of the Church Leader Insights family!

Your friend,

Nelson and the CLI Team (Scott, Sandra, Stephanie, Brendan, Raelyn, Kimberly, Dave and Vinny)

P.S. Don’t miss out on saving up to 75% Off of over 115 Resources – some as low as $7.95! – in the big CLI Easter Sale – Click Here to see all the available resources!

Posted On: April 18, 2014
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Learning Evangelism from G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis – Reasons and Rhetoric (Part 2)

Dan Dewitt

Dan DeWitt

I want to share the second part (click here to read part 1of an interesting post I came across from Dan DeWitt (dean of Boyce College at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary). The back story shows a connection between a person’s impact on conversion to Christianity, and later C.S. Lewis’ impact on the conversion of Joy Davidson – the woman who would later become his wife. In this second post, Dan explains two more of the evangelistic principles from this story: Reason and Rhetoric:

Reason

Perhaps this is why many consider the careful Christian thought and writings of C. S. Lewis to make it possible for them to be “intellectually satisfied” as believers. Lewis helped many understand Mere Christianity as it relates to all of life, including the doubts we often face. This reminds me of the Apostle Peter’s charge to be prepared to give a reason for our hope with humility. If we are to love our neighbor as ourselves we will be compelled to search diligently for the answers they are seeking.

CS Lewis

C.S. Lewis

Sadly, sometimes believers treat the gospel as if it is a fragile heirloom to be carefully protected and preserved for future generations. This should not be so. The gospel is neither intimidated nor overshadowed by rival truth claims. With Scripture as our foundation, we are to reason with those who ask about the hope we have found in the gospel. A love for God and neighbor compels us to listen and respond.

Rhetoric

The Apostle Paul said that we are to “season our words with salt” so that we can make the most of our opportunities with “outsiders” (Colossians 4:4-6). Like salt, our words are to draw attention to the natural qualities of the gospel content. We don’t contribute to the gospel message. We invite people to “taste and see that the Lord is good.”

G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton

I think we can find a better way to do evangelism with “outsiders” if we begin by discarding the kind of monologue approaches that have typified evangelistic programs of the past and search for inroads into meaningful dialogue. In a progressively post-Christian culture, we no longer enjoy a biblically literate audience ready to listen to our ready-made outlines. But in the context authentic relationships we can find an “evangelistic sweet spot” in the overlap of revelation, reason, and rhetoric.

To read this post content in its entirety, click here

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

Posted On: April 17, 2014
Posted as: Evangelism
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Learning Evangelism from G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis – Relationships and Revelation (Part 1)

Dan Dewitt

Dan DeWitt

I want to share an interesting post I came across from Dan DeWitt (dean of Boyce College at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary). The back story shows a connection between’s impact on conversion to Christianity, and later C.S. Lewis’ impact on the conversion of Joy Davidson – the woman who would later become his wife. In this first of this two part post, Dan explains two of the evangelistic principles from this story: Relationships and Revelation:

Relationships

Chesterton and Lewis were both known for not only befriending skeptics, but for actually delighting in these relationships. They committed their lives to genuine and caring relationships with people who held contrary truth claims. By the way, Jesus was kind of known for doing the same thing. All three model a way forward for sharing the gospel with people who think our beliefs are delusional.

CS Lewis

C.S. Lewis

The way is love. As the Apostle Paul said, we can have the tongue of angels but if we don’t have charity our words are meaningless. It is really impossible to say we love skeptics if we don’t actually know any. And I think this entails much more than the normal “drive by evangelism” approaches of previous generations. Until we really love unbelievers, all of our quick gimmicks will likely fall short.

If your relationship with a skeptic is contingent upon them accepting the gospel then you are starting in the wrong place. Your love for them must transcend these fundamental differences. This is not to imply compromise, but rather a life-long commitment that is motivated by biblical compassion.

Revelation

G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton

Lewis understood where his ultimate authority was found. “Art consists of limitation,” Chesterton once said, “The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.” The biblical framework provides the necessary, and according to Chesterton, beautiful, limitation of our apologetics.In a letter Lewis once penned to a friend who was drifting from orthodoxy, he said, “We have no abiding city even in philosophy: all passes except the Word.” As a public intellect,

In this way, apologetics is really applied theology. It is the application of Scriptural principles to contemporary questions. And evangelists are never less effective than when they depart from the bedrock of biblical truth. All passes except the Word. That’s why one of the best things you can do if you want to share the gospel with skeptics is to read, understand, and apply the Bible every day.

To read this post content in its entirety, click here

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

 

Posted On: April 16, 2014
Posted as: Evangelism
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We are Celebrating Easter in a BIG way! Up to 50% off on 115+ Resources

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There is lots of excitement going on for Holy Week and anticipating the Easter impact our churches will make this Sunday. For weeks, you, I and thousands of pastors all over the U.S. and beyond have been planning and preparing for the best Easter Sunday ever!

I want to be sure you don’t miss a special opportunity to pick up some great resources to grow your church and maximize your personal leadership.

In celebration of Easter, now through next Tuesday, April 22nd, is the Big Annual Easter Sale – giving you over 115 of my proven, practical training resources at up to 50% OFF savings, all designed to help you and your church make more disciples.

The sale starts today and runs for ONE WEEK ONLY (through next Tuesday, April 22)!

This only happens once a year and don’t want you to miss out on the BIG EASTER SAVINGS!

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As I mentioned, this sale includes some of my bestselling seminars, like:

Plus, receive up to 50% off when you pick up these Special Packages:

And dozens of single audio training resources, including:

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And that’s not all!

In my desire to partner with you for church growth and personal growth long after Easter is behind us, I’m giving you a special opportunity during this sale to join my new Renegade Pastors Network and receive your two months FREE!

As you checkout with your Easter Sale resources, be sure to consider taking advantage of this one-time Renegade Pastors opportunity.

Know of my prayers for all the churches in the CLI family this week!

Your Partner in Ministry,

Nelson

P.S. Just so you don’t forget with the busy-ness of this week, I encourage you to take a moment now to take advantage of these Big Easter Sale Savings!

Click here to choose from over 115 resources ON SALE NOW!

Sale ends in ONE WEEK – Tuesday, April 22!

 

Posted On: April 15, 2014
Posted as: LeadershipPreachingStrategyWorship Planning
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Keep your new Easter guests coming back! Free Webinar

With Easter fast approaching (Sunday, April 20), I want to stress the importance of your church’s assimilation system.

In other words, I want to help you keep more of your first-time Easter guests this year.

In the first seven minutes of contact with your church, your first-time guests will know whether or not they are coming back.

Think about that: Before a single worship song is sung and before even one word of the message is uttered, their mind is made up!

Now obviously, these newcomers aren’t making a logical decision based on the character of the church or the clarity of your doctrine.

Instead, they are taking in clues about your church’s atmosphere and the people’s friendliness on a much more rudimentary level. Their subconscious minds are working overtime to evaluate their compatibility with this new environment.

After coaching over 2,000 Senior Pastors – of all types, church sizes, denominations, worship styles and geographic locations – I’ve identified the 3 most common mistakes churches make over and over when it comes to helping new people get connected.

I want to share these mistakes with you in a FREE  webinar I’m doing called “The Top 3 Assimilation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.”

http://www.churchleaderinsights.com/index.php/free-stuff/top-3-assimilation-mistakes

In this new, 75-minute free webinar, I’ll walk you through each of these three most common mistakes and what you can do this week to correct them.

Will you join me for one of nine FREE webinars TOMORROW, Wednesday or Thursday?
(same webinar – 9 different times for your convenience):

  • TOMORROW, Apr 15 @ 11:00am Eastern OR
  • TOMORROW, Apr 15 @ 2:00pm Eastern OR
  • TOMORROW, Apr 15 @ 7:00pm Eastern OR
  • Wednesday, Apr 16 @ 11:00am Eastern OR
  • Wednesday,  Apr 16 @ 2:00pm Eastern OR
  • Wednesday,  Apr 16 @ 7:00pm Eastern OR
  • Thursday,  Apr 17 @11:00am Eastern OR
  • Thursday,  Apr 17 @ 2:00pm Eastern OR
  • Thursday,  Apr 17 @ 7:00pm Eastern 

Here’s what you can expect to learn:

  • The #1 reason you’re unable to follow up with first-time guests and what you can do about it this Sunday!
  • How you can WOW guests into coming back as a second-time guest
  • The mistake every church makes and how you can avoid it
  • Plus much more

It is FREE to participate but I do need you to Sign Up & Reserve Your Spot here:

http://www.churchleaderinsights.com/index.php/free-stuff/top-3-assimilation-mistakes

Space is limited – I only have a certain number of spots so if you want to attend, reserve your spot now!

I hope to see you on the webinar this Easter week!

Nelson

P.S. People have asked me why I offer these Free Webinars and the truth is, I’m passionate about training, equipping and coaching you for maximum Kingdom impact in your church and community.

Here’s the link again to let me help you identify and avoid these Assimilation mistakes:

http://www.churchleaderinsights.com/index.php/free-stuff/top-3-assimilation-mistakes

 

Posted On: April 14, 2014
Posted as: AssimilationLeadershipStrategy
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The Great Gift of Easter – A Saturday Quote

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“The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.”
—Basil Hume

Posted On: April 12, 2014
Posted as: Leadership
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Last Chance to go to the Holy Land (register by April 15)

Time is quickly running out for you to join Nelson in the Holy Land next month. holy-land-last-chance

The final registration deadline is April 15 (that’s only a few days away).

And while the clock is ticking, there is still an opportunity for you to join us on this life-changing spiritual retreat to Israel on May 22-30, 2014.

As you know, this 9-DAY DELUXE trip to the Holy Land is designed to be a spiritual leadership retreat for you and your spouse (or other leaders from your church).

We have a great group of already registered.  In fact, there are only 5 remaining seats and I would like nothing better than for you to join us on this tour of the Holy Land.

Just imagine . . .

. . . walking in the places where Jesus walked,

. . . singing your favorite Christmas carols in the Shepherd’s Field in Bethlehem,

. . . standing on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus taught the sermon on the mount,

. . . walking the Via Dolorosa,

. . . and seeing for yourself the empty Garden Tomb.

You will walk away spiritually recharged, having deepened your faith and with a fresh perspective on how to lead like Jesus in our church.

Because TIME and SPACE is extremely limited, now is the time to secure your spot on this life-changing spiritual retreat to the Holy Land.

All of our Tour details are being handled by Inspiration Cruises – the gold standard in Christian Holy Land Tours.  And you can register by simply visiting www.InspirationCruises.com/CLI or calling Inspiration Cruises at 855-417-7430. Just tell them you are registering for the tour with Nelson Searcy.

It’s not too late… join Nelson next month in the Holy Land and experience a “spiritual retreat” for you and your spouse unlike any other!

(If you have any last minute questions, call our Holy Land Coordinator, Jason Hatley, at 561.420.0606 x3 immediately. He’ll be in the office between now and the April 15 deadline to help you).

I promise you one thing… this trip is something you’ll never forget.  I hope to see you in the Holy Land!

The CLI Holy Land Team

PS – Time is quickly running out to join us for the Holy Land Tour.  To secure one of the five remaining seats on the tour BEFORE the final deadline on APRIL 15, visit www.InspirationCruises.com/CLI or Inspiration Cruises at 855-417-7430 and register today!

Posted On: April 11, 2014
Posted as: EvangelismLeadershipMinistryMisc
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Starting a Sermon Series on Easter

Since Easter Sunday’s date varies, April 20th this year,  it can sneak up on you – and on the unchurched people in your community – if you aren’t careful. But with a little forward thinking and strategic planning on your part, you can work with God as he uses this singular day to draw people to himself in much larger numbers than any other time throughout the year.

So, Ready or Not, You’ll find yourself preaching to a larger crowd than usual on Easter morning. You will have more first-time guests than you are used to…and you will have a set window of time to influence them with what you say and persuade them to come back to your church. Please don’t take this lightly. The new faces sitting in front of you are gifts from God – literally. Don’t neglect your responsibility in giving them the best possible opportunity to know him. Keeping the critical nature of your Easter message in mind, you have three preaching strategy options available to you. You can:

1. End a teaching series on Easter Sunday

2. Preach a stand-alone message on Easter Sunday, or

3. Begin a teaching series on Easter Sunday

The best option is to kick off a series on Easter Sunday.

First of all, your guests feel like they have shown up at the beginning of a new chapter in your church, which is psychologically pleasing. Starting a series on Easter Sunday also gives you the opportunity to lay down a challenge. You can challenge all of your guests to keep coming back – not indefinitely, but for the duration of the series.

A large percentage of the regular members and attenders at The Journey first came to the church on Easter, or a similar big day, never expecting to return. God had a different plan. We simply did our part to cooperate.

By strategically planning your preaching and your service, and by being aware of the ways you can effectively reach out to the first-timers that Easter will bring, you will be doing your part to maximize this built-in big day. I challenge you to challenge your first time guests this Easter.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. I don’t want you to miss this special opportunity.

We are excited and praying that this Easter will be bigger than ever so ALL of my sermons are HALF OFF  - Ends Today! Take advantage of this Annual Sermon Sale – the more you grab, the more you save! These resources will cut down on your preaching planning time dramatically.

You get to choose from Over 42 Sermons at HALF OFF.  But you must hurry - this special offer is only available TODAY!

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

T.G.I. MONDAY - 6-week sermon series to teach on finding joy in your workplace and how to find God’s perfect plan for your life’s work! Messages include “Discovering God’s Power,” “Dealing with Difficult People,” and “Defending My Faith.”

Bod4God - 4-week sermon series that will help you teach your people to honor God with their bodies – and understand how physical health is connected to spiritual health! This series specifically addresses the importance of dedication, inspiration, eating, exercise and teamwork – but also teaches the sound Biblical principles that will help your people get fit, and stay fit for life!

FULLY ENGAGED - 4-week sermon series explores how your congregation can be “fully engaged” and teaches the people in your church the power of a committed life. Messages include “Fully Engaged with My Walk with God” and “Fully Engaged with My Friends.”

CONQUERING THE GIANTS - 5-week sermon series to teach how to overcome the giants of fear, finances, career, temptation and failure. Give the people of your church and community the solid Biblical principles they need to triumph over life’s major challenges.

Each sermon series includes sermon notes, 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 Series and Save HALF OFF – Ends Today!

Hurry! This Half-Off Annual Sermon Sale Ends TODAY, April 10th! 

Nelson Searcy
Lead Pastor, The Journey Church
Founder www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com

 

Posted On: April 10, 2014
Posted as: AssimilationLeadershipStrategyWorship Planning
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Easter Sermon Sale! Enjoy Half Off all Sermons

The countdown is on, and in early celebration of Easter, I have a special opportunity for you - available this week only . . .

We are excited and praying that this Easter will be bigger than ever so ALL of my sermons are HALF OFF this week – today through Thursday only!

Take advantage of this Easter Sermon Sale – the more you grab, the more you save! These resources will cut down on your preaching planning time dramatically.

You get to choose from Over 45 Sermons at HALF OFF today through Thursday, including these powerful options options below. But you must hurry - available this week only – and for some of the titles we only have limited copies!

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

T.G.I. MONDAY - 6-week sermon series to teach on finding joy in your workplace and how to find God’s perfect plan for your life’s work! Messages include “Discovering God’s Power,” “Dealing with Difficult People,” and “Defending My Faith.”

Bod4God - 4-week sermon series that will help you teach your people to honor God with their bodies – and understand how physical health is connected to spiritual health! This series specifically addresses the importance of dedication, inspiration, eating, exercise and teamwork – but also teaches the sound Biblical principles that will help your people get fit, and stay fit for life!

FULLY ENGAGED - 4-week sermon series explores how your congregation can be “fully engaged” and teaches the people in your church the power of a committed life. Messages include “Fully Engaged with My Walk with God” and “Fully Engaged with My Friends.”

CONQUERING THE GIANTS - 5-week sermon series to teach how to overcome the giants of fear, finances, career, temptation and failure. Give the people of your church and community the solid Biblical principles they need to triumph over life’s major challenges.

Each sermon series includes sermon notes, 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 Series and Save HALF OFF Today through Thursday 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 special opportunity. We’re praying for a great Easter at your church and these sermon series will help!

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

 

P.S. Make this the week to plan your preaching – and save big!

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

Hurry! This Half-Off Easter Sermon Sale Ends THIS Thursday, April 10th! 

 

Nelson Searcy
Lead Pastor, The Journey Church
Founder www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com

 

Posted On: April 08, 2014
Posted as: Preaching
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What you want is Practice – A Saturday Quote

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“What you want is practice, practice, practice. It doesn’t matter what we write (at least this is my view) at our age, so long as we write continually as well as we can. I feel that every time I write a page either of prose or of verse, with real effort, even if it’s thrown into the fire the next minute, I am so much further on.”
—C.S. Lewis

Posted On: April 05, 2014
Posted as: Leadership
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