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Ignite: How to Spark Immediate Growth in Your Church Paperback – October 1, 2009
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The ultimate how-to book for reaching more people for Jesus Christ
Ignite sets forth a step-by-step, biblically grounded, proven plan for creating immediate church growth by utilizing a "Big Day" to mobilize the church for evangelism. This user-friendly guide will show you how to reach the unchurched in your community and break through the debilitating growth barriers that are holding your church back.
You can reach--and keep--modern-minded, unchurched people to create and sustain growth momentum. Ignite shows you how it's done.
"Searcy brings the unique frontline perspective of a pastor who is in the trenches week after week, figuring out how to effectively reach people with the gospel. Ignite is a very practical manual for any church trying to break through the next barrier to transforming their city for Christ."--Geoff Surratt, pastor of ministries, Seacoast Church
"Ignite will help you see things in a clearer, simpler way. It will help you see what's important and what's not in our mission to serve others by giving them hope in Jesus."--Dino Rizzo, founding pastor, Healing Place Church; author, Servolution
"There's a big difference between working hard and working smart. In this dynamic new book, Searcy helps readers be good stewards of their valuable time. I was underlining on every page."--Charles Arn, president, Church Growth, Inc.
Nelson Searcy served as the director of The Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church before starting The Journey Church of the City in New York City in 2002. He and his 1,200-member church appear routinely on lists such as "The 50 Most Influential Churches" and "The 25 Most Innovative Leaders."
Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. Prior to moving to New York, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.
About the Author
Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. Started in 2002 in New York City, this groundbreaking church sees the majority of its growth coming from new believers and currently meets in locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as additional locations in San Francisco and Boca Raton. Nelson is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Donald A. McGavran Award for Outstanding Leadership in Great Commission Research. He is the author of more than seventy-five church growth resources and twelve books, including The Generosity Ladder, Maximize, Connect, and Ignite. Nelson is also an experienced church planter, coach, and church-growth strategist. Before to founding The Journey, he served as the director of the Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church. He is also the founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com and the Renegade Pastors Network.
Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the east coast. Prior to moving to New York, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. Jennifer and her husband are members of The Journey Church of the City.
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1. The path of discipleship IS the road of evangelism.
2. There is value in "Big Days" in the church for reaching new people, growing believers, and building momentum.
3. I need to know the evangelistic temperature of our church.
4. As the pastor, my job is to keep the evangelistic temperature in our church hot--I cannot hand this off!
5. Our staff, starting with me, need to model praying for the lost and serving in evangelistic activities.
6. Our staff needs to be praying for each other in the area of evangelism.
7. People do what is urgent--how urgent is evangelism at our church?
8. We need to celebrate evangelistic activity among our people.
9. God will never bring us more than we are prepared to receive.
10. We cannot "push" all year long; there is a need for rhythm and rest in the church.
Good stuff here that gets really practical and doable.
1. God wants lost people more than you do.
2. Your Fall big day should be 1 month after school starts because people are still getting their schedule established until them.
3. February is a good time for a Big Day
4. February is accompanied by a host of emotional needs that stay repressed during other months. This is an excellent time to deal with these real needs as a Big Day initiated series.
5. When your members are praying with an "alert mind" and for "opportunities to speak" (Colossians 4:2-3) you have gone a long way towards establishing a minset for evangelism in the congregation.
6. If you do a Big Day without an effective assimilation process in place, you will quickly go back to the status quo.
7. The four corners of the evangelism system are the pastor, personal evangelism, promotion, and preservation
8. Say something like "If you found today's message helpful, whu not invite a friend to join you next week?" at the end of EVERY service.
9. Make a heart for evangelism one of the standard prerequisites for all new hires.
10. We don't double every week because as church leaders we aren't mobilizing people for evangelism.
I totally agree with what another reviewer said. "What I love about Nelson's stuff is that it's not just theory - these are proven practices that will work in your setting."
My "Top 10"... or 12
1. Evangelism is attracting a crowd to worship
2. Two type of evangelism "Come see" & "Go tell" work together
3. Do a big day to grow the Christians in your church
4. The February Big day... The one I had never considered it before
5. Have your people pray for opportunities to evangelize... Their heart will be drawn to what they pray for and their eyes will be opened to opportunities.
6. Setting attendance goal for big day, and why.
7. Pastor - How often are you praying for the un-churched?
8. Pastor- Tell your own evangelistic stories.
9. Hold yourself and staff accountable for inviting un-churched
10. If someone is not sharing his faith, he's not growing in faith
11. Tools, training, timeliness
12. "...You will never be able to reach everyone in your community through just person-to-person evangelism