Nelson Searcy is the ultimate renegade pastor. That means that he has a great passion to lead at his highest levelto be different when that’s called for, and he never settles for average. He is the perfect person to lead you out of the rut of mediocrity so that you can lead to your highest level. Read this book and abandon average!
- Jimmy Britt, Lead Pastor, Rocky River Church, Concord, North Carolina
Wanting to be more than just average or mediocre? Then embed into your life the Seven Commitments of a Renagade Pastor that Nelson shares in this book. It could change your life.
- Bill Easum, President and Senior Consultant with 21st Century Strategies
Nelson Searcy more than wrote the book on how to do church. He has taken the principles of how-to-do” from Scripture and made it amazingly doable for the pastor who wants church to be better. Searcy is amazing. He leads. He trains. He equips. He writes. And when he does, some of the most profound principles of leading the greatest enterprise on earth come within reach of you the pastor.
- Dick Hardy, Founder and President, The Hardy Group www.thehardygroup.org, Author of Right Turns and 27 Tough Questions Pastors Ask
Nelson Searcy loves ministers. I can say this because I’ve worked with him now for over two decades. This book is an expression of Nelson’s heart and passion to help every minister experience a spiritually healthy lifestyle. In my work with thousands of ministers in churches large and small, I can say with assurance that each one would benefit from this book.
- Milton A. Hollifield, Jr., Executive Director, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
The Renegade Pastor shows church leaders how to move their life and ministry from average to awesome! Most of us start out with a dream of doing great things for God. The challenges we face often cause this dream to leak out. In this book Nelson Searcy will inspire church leaders to dream again and to dream bigger than ever. It provides valuable advice and tools for overcoming mediocrity and truly become a renegade pastor.
- Steve Reynolds, Lead pastor, Capital Baptist Church, Annandale, Virginia Author of Bod4God and Get Off the Couch
Seminary is an important part of a pastor’s preparation for ministry, but there are key areas of pastoral life that seminary doesn’t address. The Renegade Pastor picks up the loose ends by delving into critical life management issues that every pastor faces. Over the years, I have come to consider Nelson Searcy a friend. I know the man and his work, and I trust both the heart and foundational principles that anchor everything he writes. This book is no exception. If you want to take a step forward in terms of the excellence you bring to your life and ministry, I encourage you to spend some time learning what it means to become a renegade pastor.
- Dr. Elmer Towns, Co-founder and Vice President, Liberty University Dean, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
I always enjoy reading anything Nelson Searcy writes. He inspires growth in the local church and in church leaders as well. The Renegade Pastor, will help you discover ideas that will sharpen you as a leader and help you fulfill the call of God in your life. Nelson defines The Renegade Pastor as one who is passionately abandoned to the plans of God and experiences fulfillment in life and ministry.” Every pastor needs a deeper, more personal understanding of both of these areas.
- Philip Wagner, Pastor, Oasis Church, Los Angeles, PhilipWagner.com
There is an epidemic of defection and defeat among pastors. The Renegade Pastor is a book that can help turn the tide. This book is chock-full of practical wisdom that will help pastors live well” and lead well.” Nelson doesn’t write from theory but from years of experience as a local church pastor. What I love about this book is that Nelson doesn’t just focus on the what,” he masterfully shows me how.” This book is a must-read for pastors.
- Lance Witt, Pastor and Founder, Replenish Ministries, replenish.net
If you want to be average don’t read or apply the principles found in this book. On the other hand, if you want to move past "stuck," and experience momentum in your personal life, relationships and ministry, this book is for you! The principles found here have changed my life and the lives of countless others.
- Andy Wood, Lead Pastor, South Bay Church, Silicon Valley, California
From the Back Cover
Why are you in ministry? Probably because you felt called to accomplish great things for God. You had a vision to reach hurting people and introduce them to renewed life. You wanted to grow a healthy church that would influence your community and draw people in to learn the truth of the gospel. But if you are like the majority of pastors, your years of ministry have decreased your passion and increased your frustration. In the midst of life's chaos and the pressures of leading chuch week after week, average may have become your new standard--but you've been called to so much more.
Join Nelson Searcy, pastor of The Journey Church, on a mission to abandon average and reclaim a life of impact and excellence. The days of mediocrity are over. There is a new level of living calling your name. God wants to put you back on the the path toward the vision He put in your heart long ago. The next move is yours. Are you ready to rebel against average? Are you ready to go renegade?