Thursday, February 05, 2009

3 Books Reviewed: Launch, Fusion, Activate

Nelson Searcy, the lead pastor of The Journey Church in New York City, has been generating resources for pastors to use since he was the small-groups director for Purpose-Driven Communities. Recently, he and his team have been prolific in producing resources that are both practical and insightful into the starting and operation of healthy churches. His ministry for pastors (church leader insights) has been producing seminars and collective learning environments for years, but only in the last two years has all of his ideas and lessons been put into print. This is a win for churches around America, not only because the ideas are tested and good, but because the books are affordable. If I have anything against Searcy's offerings for pastors, it is only that they are too expensive. Even his "Super-Bowl Special," that he was offering last Sunday, packaged all his material together and sold it for 50% off the regular price. You ready for the discounted price? $1000.

All that being said simply to make the point - pay $30 for the 3 books and read them together with other pastors and church leaders. Searcy has done pastors a great service in thinking through so many questions that we all are asking. I appreciated how each book is written in such a way to challenge the misconceptions that are out there in so many churches. I admit that several of my assumptions and convictions about ministry were upended by these three little books.

Each book is immensely readable, with lots of stories and examples. Even better than that, Searcy's team has made many of the tools he mentions in the book available on their website for free, making the price of the books even more reasonable. We are working to implement some of Searcy's suggestions in assimilation (Fusion) and small groups (Activate) at our church - I'm excited to see what God will do through our adjustments. The book on church-planting is somewhat unique to Searcy's location in NYC and to the network of relationships he brought to the process, but even here, his insights are invaluable. I am tremendously thankful to have found these works.

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