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Nelson Searcy Collection (7 vols.)


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For the past decade, Nelson Searcy, pastor, speaker, coach, and church strategist, has devoted his career to helping pastors, church leaders, and laypeople create healthy, thriving churches. In the Nelson Searcy Collection, you’ll find step-by-step, biblically grounded, proven tips to:

  • Reach the unchurched in your community
  • Break through church-growth barriers
  • Encourage stewardship and generosity within your congregation
  • Handle church finances
  • Develop and implement creative worship services
  • Double your church’s volunteer base

This collection also presents three volumes for laypeople that examine worship, help analyze ways to balance personal finances, and emphasize the importance of serving others. Perfect for students, pastors, church leaders, and laypeople alike, the Logos editions of these works are fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your favorite Bible translation, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of resources in your digital library.

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  • Gives leaders the tools needed for successful church growth
  • Addresses ways church leaders and members c an worship, serve, and give in a godly manner
  • Discusses several different challenging areas to manage within a church community

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Ignite: How to Spark Immediate Growth in Your Church

  • Authors: Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 208

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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.

Ignite is creative, practical, and interesting. Nelson Searcy, founder and senior pastor of The Journey Church in New York City, provides helpful ideas on growing a church through using Big Days, or what some might call Big Events. Readers will find insights to put into immediate practice in their churches, and they’ll enjoy reading the book. Searcy is one of the two or three top young practitioners and writers on evangelism and church growth for the twenty-first century.


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, managing director, Exponential

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

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.

Maximize: How to Develop Extravagant Givers in Your Church

  • Authors: Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 240

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Maximize is the ultimate how-to book for pastors and church leaders who long for their churches to be fully resourced and able to carry out ministry initiatives without financial strain. Shining a light on the often taboo subject of money, Maximize offers an innovative, step-by-step plan for systemizing and maximizing financial gifts while growing strong disciples. You’ll learn how to:

  • Cultivate first-time givers
  • Challenge people to tithe
  • Develop an ongoing stewardship system
  • Follow up with givers the right way
  • Develop multiple giving options
  • Shepherd the five types of givers in your church
  • Educate people to grow in the grace of giving

Stewardship is an essential part of discipleship. This revolutionary, biblically based guide will chase the money discussion out of the darkness and bring it the attention it deserves.

I will read anything I can get my big hands on if Nelson Searcy’s name is on it. He is one of the most practical writers I’ve read on any topic relating to the church, and certainly Maximize serves to solidify this observation. In Maximize, Nelson helps you to get an idea of how a church can handle its finances. This is must reading for all pastors who want to lead their churches in the area of its finances, and who wouldn’t?

Aubrey Malphurs, senior professor of pastoral ministries and leadership, Dallas Theological Seminary

Nelson is one of the most strategically minded leaders on the planet. I love how he uses his gift to share with other church leaders the steps we can take to make sure our churches are healthy.

—Perry Noble, pastor, NewSpring Church, SC

Nelson Searcy has touched a vital nerve for new innovative churches. I have been watching new churches being planted for over 60 years. One of the things that many church planters ignore, or refuse to embrace, is the problem of money. Nelson Searcy has written a book that is needed for every new church plant and every young church planter. They must honestly embrace stewardship and follow its principles to build a strong, healthy local church. Since stewardship is correctly managing our time, talent, treasure for the glory of God, part of our treasure belongs to God for use in his kingdom. Thanks to Nelson for a great job with this book.

Elmer Towns, cofounder, Liberty University

So many ‘good’ churches could become ‘great’ churches with more financial resources to equip them to do what God is leading them to do. This book will give you ideas that will inspire you as a leader, help build biblical values of stewardship in lives of believers, and inspire genuine generosity in the hearts of people. Read Maximize immediately—and tell every pastor you know to buy this book!

—Philip Wagner, lead pastor, Oasis Church, Los Angeles, CA

The Generosity Ladder: Your Next Step to Financial Peace

  • Authors: Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 112

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Imagine a life in which you don’t struggle to make ends meet each month—a life with no debt, a healthy savings account, and solid plans for retirement. Imagine being able to help people in need and give to causes much bigger than your own concerns. Sound impossible? It isn’t. This is how God wants you to live. And it is attainable.

The Generosity Ladder is a must-read if you want to handle your finances in a way that honors God and gives you security for the future. With the help of this practical and insightful book, you’ll finally uncover your true level of financial health and discover a step-by-step plan to save, spend, and invest your money in a responsible, godly way.

Published alongside Maximize, Nelson Searcy’s much-anticipated stewardship guidebook for church leaders, The Generosity Ladder will allow laypeople to fully grasp God’s plan for their finances, acknowledge their current level of stewardship, and chart out the steps they need to take in order to handle money in a way that honors God.

Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services

  • Authors: Nelson Searcy, Jason Hatley, and Jennifer Dykes Henson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 224

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

No matter how great Sunday’s worship service was, there’s always another Sunday service just around the corner, waiting to be planned—a reality that forces most pastors and church leaders into a continual state of stress. Can you relate?

Engage is your step-by-step, stress-free guide to planning creative worship services that allow for true life change. Comprehensive in scope, Engage provides teaching pastors, worship leaders, and volunteers with the tools they need to work together to develop and implement a worship planning system that improves communication, enhances creativity, and honors Jesus every week.

Worshiping God should never be stressful or business-as-usual. If you’re ready for a positive change in your worship planning, it’s time to Engage.

I have had the privilege of experiencing both a service at Journey Church and an up-close view of the vital relationship between Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley. These two guys model a strong pastor/worship arts leader connection that is deeply respectful, mutually supportive, and practical in its day-to-day systems. Most importantly, Nelson and Jason are driven to create church services that result in life transformation. I highly recommend this book as a tool for all of us who are passionate about creating life-changing hours on Sunday mornings week after week.

—Nancy Beach, champion for the arts, Willow Creek Association

Jason Hatley is a trusted voice in the worship community, and also has an incredible God-given gift for mentoring worship leaders. His insights are very helpful as they come from a proven track record and a pure desire to worship God fully.

—Rick Muchow, pastor of worship, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

Jason Hatley is the pastor of worship arts at The Journey Church and has been a worship leader since 1996. Founder of, Jason has spoken at the Willow Creek Arts Conference and The Purpose Driven Worship Conference, as well as seminars around the country. Currently, Jason serves at The Journey’s newest location in Boca Raton, Florida.

Revolve: A New Way to See Worship

  • Authors: Nelson Searcy, Jason Hatley, and Jennifer Dykes Henson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 112

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Is worship for us or for God? Does it occur only in a worship service or can it happen anytime or anywhere? Why exactly do we engage in this thing called worship, anyway?

Revolve challenges us to reexamine our view of worship as something that revolves around our own expectations and feelings and to recognize that real worship revolves around God. Steeped in Scripture, these pages help us see worship for what it really is: a way of life that not only honors God but also satisfies our souls. Built-in action steps give you specific ideas for refocusing your attention on God and living each day with an attitude of praise.

If you’ve ever felt like your worship was missing something or like you were just going through the motions, you need to Revolve.

Jason Hatley is the pastor of worship arts at The Journey Church and has been a worship leader since 1996. Founder of, Jason has spoken at the Willow Creek Arts Conference and The Purpose Driven Worship Conference, as well as seminars around the country. Currently, Jason serves at The Journey’s newest location in Boca Raton, Florida.

Connect: How to Double Your Number of Volunteers

  • Authors: Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 240

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

What if your church had more volunteers than you knew what to do with? Sound far-fetched? It doesn’t have to be. Connect uncovers the secret to doubling your volunteer base in as little as one day. Yes, you read that right.

This step-by-step guide shows you how to create a culture that attracts, keeps, and grows volunteers. It gives you the practical insight and tools you need to effectively involve people in serving your local church. You’ll learn how to help people see the importance of serving, how to continually raise up new volunteers, how to really delegate, and more.

I can’t say enough about the volunteer system Nelson outlines in Connect. Before implementing it, I felt like we were always behind in getting people onto volunteer teams each week. But since we launched this system, the constant pressure and weekly chaos have faded. Now, we have over 1,000 excited volunteers show up Sunday after Sunday, ready to serve! For years, our church has experienced uncommon growth trends—something we never could have sustained without a good volunteer system in place. Everywhere I go, I find myself recommending this and all of Nelson’s systems to pastors who truly want to maximize the potential in their churches. Read this book with your team!

—Ryan Meeks, lead pastor, Eastlake Church, Seattle and Bothel, WA

Connect is a great book on volunteering to mobilize your church. Searcy details a clear, practical approach for getting people connected with the serving opportunities that will grow them personally and grow the church as whole. If every church leader read Connect and applied its teaching, the number of people actively engaged in serving God’s kingdom would explode! Just imagine what that could mean for ministry both locally and around the world. I know you will be revisiting these pages time and time again!

Steve Gladen, pastor of small groups, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

Nelson Searcy has done it again. With more than 20 years of experience down in the trenches of local church ministry, he has developed a clear and compelling system for moving people into ministry. His simple tools and well-defined strategy are easily transferable, no matter what your ministry setting or challenges. Most importantly, Connect will help you ‘connect’ your people to life-giving service that is meaningful, sustainable, and enjoyable.

Lance Witt, founder, Replenish Ministries

No one, to my knowledge, is as good at developing systems for recruiting, training, and deploying people in ministry as is Nelson Searcy. In his newest book, Connect, Searcy addresses the principles and theology of volunteer ministry. Just as important, however, he shows the processes and procedures that actually work. Church leaders who are struggling to find volunteers will find Connect a valuable resource.

Gary L. McIntosh, professor of Christian ministry and leadership, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

God had grown our church to about three hundred in attendance when it became clear that we would not grow any further than I was able to grow as a leader. God used Nelson’s coaching and systems to grow North Star to 2,000 in attendance. Thanks in particular to the Connect system, our volunteers have outpaced that growth. I don’t have to worry about things getting done because I have such a strong, consistent group of volunteers who are passionate about serving. That takes pressure off of my shoulders and frees me up to focus on teaching and leading. This book is a gift!

—Marty Martin, senior pastor, North Star Church, Panama City, FL

God has called church leaders to equip the saints to do the work of the ministry. Connect provides an effective system to make that happen. It is packed with helpful ideas. I am a raving fan of Nelson Searcy and have learned so much from his resources. This book will change your life and those around you.

—Steve Reynolds, lead pastor, Capital Baptist Church, Annandale, VA

The Greatness Principle: Finding Significance and Joy by Serving Others

  • Authors: Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 112

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Deep inside each of us is a longing, a yearning—for greatness. We want to know the world is different because we have lived. We want to make our mark. We want to be remembered for something beyond average, something great. But how do we get there?

In this practical and inspiring book, Nelson Searcy encourages you to take the next step on your journey toward a full, abundant life. As Searcy explains, if you’re not serving, you’re not growing. He provides the tools you need to get connected—to others, to God, and to your greater purpose—through service.

You can be great. You can matter. You can find the purpose and significance you are longing for. Open these pages and find out how.

About the Authors

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 2,000-member church appear routinely on lists such as The 50 Most Influential Churches and The 25 Most Innovative Leaders. The Journey is a multi-site church with locations across New York City and Boca Raton, Florida. His newsletter for pastors and church leaders, Church Leader Insights, now reaches more than 80,000 subscribers and continues to grow by hundreds each month.

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. Jennifer also worked with Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.


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