Ignite: How to Spark Immediate Growth in Your Church

Ignite: How to Spark Immediate Growth in Your Church


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Ignite is the ultimate how-to book for church leaders who want to reach more people for Jesus Christ. Pastor and founder of Church Leader Insights, Nelson Searcy, will provide practical, inventive guidelines for bringing first-time guests through the doors.
This book 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 church leaders what they need to do to reach the unchurched in their communities and break through the debilitating growth barriers that are holding them back.

Through the inspiration of testimonies and stories, combined with the down-to-earth, applicable teaching that Searcy readers have come to expect and appreciate, Ignite will give church leaders the tools they desperately need to reach and keep modern-minded, unchurched people to create and sustain growth momentum.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801072161
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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 writer, wife, and mom to two young girls. She has coauthored several bestselling books, including The Generosity Ladder and Tongue Pierced. Previously, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the marketing communications manager for In Touch Ministries. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction: What If Your Church Could Double in One Day? 13

1 What a Difference a Day Makes: This Book's Big Idea 23

2 What Day Is It? Surveying the Options 33

3 The Day of Harvest: The Importance of Prayer and Goals 41


4 Reaching the Boiling Point: Taking Your Evangelistic Temp and Turning Up the Heat 51

5 Setting the Stage: Successfully Leveraging Your Influence 59

6 Carrying the Torch: Igniting Your Church's Structure 73

Personal Evangelism

7 Mobilizing for Evangelism: Releasing the Army 85

8 Equipping for Evangelism: Little Tools That Make a Big Difference 95


9 Finding Fertile Ground: The Art of Choosing Wisely 109

10 Sowing the Best Seed: And Trusting God for Big Results 121

11 Reaping the Harvest: The keys to Effective Promotion 133


12 Preparing the Way: Helping People Take the Next Step 145

13 The Celebration: Let the Fun Begin! 159

Conclusion: Keep On Dreaming 167

Postscript 171

Appendix 1 Baptism 173

Appendix 2 Fasting 181

Appendix 3 Invest and Invite Cards 183

Appendix 4 What Is Servant Evangelism? 185

Appendix 5 How to Conduct a Servant Evangelism Saturday 187

Appendix 6 New Believer Email and Letter 199

Notes 203

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Ignite: How to Spark Immediate Growth in Your Church 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
deusvitae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A resource on how to evangelize an area using the "big event" methodology.The author explains what the "big event" is and provides suggestions as to how often it should be done. He discusses the preparations and the involvement of church leadership and members. He discusses how it is to be promoted with various media along with personal invitations by members. He also discusses "servant evangelism," finding ways to provide benefit to people within the community. While not as much of the focus, the author also discusses how a church can get prepared to handle an influx of new believers and the need for coherent plans for making disciples out of converts.On the whole, many excellent ideas and strategies; the website for the book (ignitebook.com) has many more (free) resources toward these ends. I disagree with some of the aspects of the Evangelical theology of the author, particularly the denial of the need for baptism for salvation/remission of sin, and I am not quite sure on his take on the Parable of the Sower. Nevertheless, the book is worth consideration for those who seek to promote the Gospel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excited to put it to work!!!
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Ruby Hammack More than 1 year ago
An excellent bbook for Pastor Resource