CNLP 157: Jon Acuff on What It Takes for You To Finish What You Start, Finding Your Career Path and The Rhythms and Routines That Make People Successful

New York Times best-selling author Jon Acuff is back on the podcast to talk about research he did about why some people finish their goals when most people don’t.

In this wide-ranging interview, Carey also deconstructs some of the rhythms and routines that have made Jon successful. Finally, Jon offers some challenging public speaking advice for preachers.

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3 Insights from This Episode

1. Anyone can start something, but few people finish

Ever started something only to eventually give up or move on to something else? Me, too. And we’re clearly not alone.  After his New York Times bestseller, Start, was published, Jon Acuff noticed a trending question from his readers again and again. It seemed people were feeling great about starting things, but struggling to actually finish them.

This re-occurring question prompted Jon to start (and complete) his latest book, Finish, offering great insights like moving past perfectionism, finding fun in the process, and defeating other stumbling blocks to make the most of your time so you can get the job done.

Jon’s book is practical, funny and filled with loads of research to help you and your team to finish and finish well.

2. When fresh ideas start flooding in, save them for the right time

A big distraction to keep you from finishing can be when a shiny, brand new idea pops into your head.  At this time, the voice of procrastination will try convincing you that you’re heading in the wrong direction and need to take a totally different route.  Don’t get side tracked when this happens.

If this is a common struggle for you, plan ahead for this moment.  Stay the course and save the untimely new ideas for the next big thing you start – once you finish the project at hand. 

3. Jon Acuff shares 3 key tips for leaders and pastors

1. Outsourcing > Insourcing:  Keep people around you whose livelihoods aren’t based on your employment.  It’s definitely important to listen to feedback from those you work with, but make sure to listen to what those closest to you outside of work have to say, too.   

2. The internet is still Young:  Don’t think you missed the boat on the internet craze.  The internet hasn’t come close to reaching its limits and there’s plenty of opportunity left to take advantage of it.

3. The First and Final Minutes:  The two most important pieces of any message are found in the first and last minute of your content. Instead of making the first statement a long welcome, start with a story that makes listeners lean in to what you have to say. Save the welcome or short bio for minute three or four. What you could lose in that first minute is way bigger than your why for attempting to make people feel comfortable.

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It’s designed to help senior pastors and their boards and leadership team break through the barrier 85% of churches never move past: the 200 attendance barrier.

So many leaders who try to break it either get stuck at 150-250 in attendance or burned out in the process of trying.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Believe it or not, the reasons most churches never break 200 aren’t spiritual reasons, they’re practical reasons. Strategic reasons.

I’ve been through this journey personally.

The course contains eight 20-30 minute videos that cover the key barriers churches need to scale to break 200 (and beyond). Every course comes with a 150 page PDF workbook and 12 licenses, so up to 12 people on your team can process the course together.

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CNLP 157: Jon Acuff on What It Takes for You To Finish What You Start, Finding Your Career Path and The Rhythms and Routines That Make People Successful


  1. Dan Foster on September 18, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I have been enjoying your podcast for much of the past year. I am a pastor in the United Methodist Church and work with two small rural churches. Congrats on three years of podcasting! That is a huge milestone.

    I hope to hear more about leadership in smaller churches in the future (like how the congregations you served grew). I would also like to hear more interviews with solo female leaders in the church, your podcast is dominated my men. When a woman is on, she is usually on with her husband. There are many quality female leaders in many denominations whom you could converse with.

  2. Ben Pearson on September 18, 2017 at 11:53 am

    I’ve been listening since the spring. I started listening because I’m a pastor serving in a revitalization context. Your podcast provides me much need encouragement every week! I’m sure that the prize pack would help me lead our church and help us reach the people in the community around us.

  3. Nick Daniel on September 18, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Been along time listener, since about episode 32, bud I had to go back and listen to all of them. I have received tons of wisdoms, insight, and leadership growth from the podcast and am very thankful for how you invest in leaders. I am currently not in a ministry position, but leadership isn’t just ministry and I am still looking to grow as a leader no matter where I am. Here’s hoping for my chance for the to win the resources! Thanks so much!

  4. Wilton Bowman on September 18, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Hi Carey and staff! I am a bit late to the conversation, but who doesn’t love a chance to win a leadership resource pack! I am – professionally – a process engineer, and have been preparing for this new season of our lives since late 2012!

    My name is Wilton Bowman, and I am the lead pastor of a brand-new church plant in the Greater Augusta, Ga area (we launch this November). We are a leadership team of 5, and these resources would be a great addition to our arsenal! We are trying to prepare ourselves spiritually and in the area of leadership for WAR with the enemy! Even if we don’t win, ‘with God on our side, who will stand a chance?!'(Rom.8:31 paraphr.) We will seek those who don’t truly know Jesus and TELL them!

    Love what you do! If nothing more, please pray for Riverfront Church (, and regardless we will do the same for you guys!

    Love and Deep Blessing in Christ,

  5. Angela Alvarado on September 17, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Carey, thank you for your ministry!

    I am a church planter in a mainline denomination. Our local district has a God sized vision to plant 75 churches by 2020. I would love to win your resources to share with a mix of our church planters and some of our struggling churches, who need a fresh outlook. I believe your insight can encourage those struggling and perhaps caution others on what to avoid.

  6. Dana on September 16, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Not only do I work within the church but I also have a part-time job. In the last couple of years I have been increasing hungry to develop myself as a leader; to be the best that I can and to service wholeheartedly in all that I do. I am always on the look out for great resources to help me grow and develop not only as a leader but personally and spiritually as well.

  7. Scott Kearney on September 16, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Hi Carey,

    My name is Scott Kearney, and I was sent by Matt Chewning and his church, Netcast Church, back in May of 2016 to plant The Well in Nashua NH. After serving our city for 6 months, we launched in September of last year, and have since grown to over 75 regular attenders and have seen 22 people give their lives to Christ. We have an incredible core team of most millennials and younger who are reaching a mostly younger generation in Nashua. We’re excited about our growth and about what the future holds, but are desperate to learn how to develop our team, how to delegate responsibilities to key team members without giving the vision away, particularly in a highly volatile year two of a church’s life. I’m seeing much of my personal time as the lead pastor dwindle and our family’s life threatened by increasing demands. We’re so hungry to reach more of the unreached, especially in an area known as the second least religious area of the country and not far from a vastly under-reached greater Boston area. We plan to develop additional church planters in the near future to plant more churches, have dreams of having a facility that would be open to the public, paid for and used by an unreached crowd with creative, high-engaging community activities (including a high entertaining young kids zone), which would enable us to connect with more who are unreached and give more locally and globally to advance the kingdom. I believe that your resources could help us not only break 100 and 200, but also help us hit goals that can lead us towards that greater vision of reaching more in our region and around the world by planting more churches and giving more generously.

  8. Leonard L Edloe on September 15, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I am a seventy-year old pastor who gave thirteen of the best years of my life and was removed. Several of the deacons were removed to facilitate my removal. Two of those deacons asked me to hold service in a hotel conference room they rented. We moved from the conference room to homes and to parks and were blessed with a home. For the past 7 years, I have experienced the best years of pastoral ministry in my life. We, however, have a mortgage. which consumes a large part of our financial resources. I am also concerned with my mortality even though I listen to your podcast as I work out at the YMCA. I would love your resources so my leaders will be equipped when I have to step down or I am called home to glory.

  9. LC SUTTON on September 15, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I look forward to the podcast every week. The fresh information helps me stay current. The resources are great. Thanks for making me a better leader.

  10. Ben Miller on September 14, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Two months ago my wife and I both left full time jobs near Dallas to move out to Winnsboro Tx, pop 3,000. We felt God’s call and are out here serving as the campus pastors launching a rural campus in January of 2018.

    All of the knowledge and insight from your podcast as well as other material has already been amazingly helpful. Especially helpful was the episode on rural multi site. I would love to win this grand prize so that I can further prepare myself for what God is wanting to do out here in East Texas as we try to bring “A place of Hope” to this community.

    Thank you for everything you do for leaders and the Christian community.

    God bless,
    Ben Miller

  11. Jeremiah Feicht on September 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks so much for doing your podcast every week! I planted and pastor a church in the least populated state in the US, Wyoming. The church is 3 years old and is located in a town that is very post christian in nature, much like Canada I imagine so I feel that I connect with your perspective which I greatly appreciate. The church has also struggled to grow and get traction as a result. We are no where close to breaking the 200 barrier (honestly still trying to break the 50 barrier). However I believe like God is moving, I’d love to be able to read your books and take your new course , I feel that they would help me to connect. Thank you so much for all that you do.

  12. Shea on September 14, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Hey Carey,

    I’m so grateful for your podcast. Even when your guests are clearly working in contexts that bear little similarity to my own, you do a great job of asking the kinds of questions needed to make their experiences relevant to my setting. As a 28-year-old minister, I’m glad there are folks like yourself who have access to so many successful pastors, and choose to share that access for the benefit of other leaders.

    I’m the pastor of two small, mainline congregations in southern New England, averaging a combined 90 in attendance on Sundays. When I got here 18 months ago, that average was closer to 70. That small growth spurt has inspired a lot of excitement in both congregations, and they feel ready to break out of long-standing holding patterns and really focus on outreach and missions.

    One congregation is ambitiously attempting to pilot a program to make sure food insecure kids in the school next door don’t go hungry on the weekends. Although it doesn’t launch until January, they’re already thinking about what it would look like to scale that to a city-wide program, and trying to build the pilot in such a way as to avoid future pitfalls. We’ve also seen a serious revitalization of our music program, which has made Sunday an inspiring occasion folks look forward to, rather than a weekly obligation they try to get over with quickly.

    The other congregation is pouring a lot of energy into kids church, community service, and a commitment to resettling refugees on a regular basis. According to the refugee resettlement agency we’re partnered with, that initiative alone will require more adults volunteering than are currently in the pews on a given Sunday.

    As I’m sure you can imagine, having pastored multiple mainline churches yourself, this good news has some down sides. My most committed leaders are feeling their burdens grow, and can’t quite figure out how to delegate accordingly. Living into the mission to which God has called us is creating financial anxiety among folks who haven’t seen a balanced or surplus budget in over a decade. And since we are good New England mainliners, the desire to see more people benefit from the life changing message of the Gospel has not yet corresponded to anything resembling efforts toward evangelism :).

    I once heard you say on your podcast that every church is just one or two difficult decisions away from a breakthrough. I think these churches are both primed for such breakthroughs. I need help in guiding them through those difficult decisions, and I think your materials would help a great deal. I hope you’ll consider myself and my congregations for the prize package!

  13. Simon Nixon on September 14, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Hi Carey,
    I’m a church planter. I ended my job of 12 years as a youth pastor in June to start a new church. I found your podcast last year when i was searching for podcasts on church planting. Over the last year i’ve found your podcast informative and inspiring and it (along with many other things) has encouraged me to step out into what Gods calling me to do. I’m reading everything i can get my hands on and i’m particularly interested in the High Impact Leader Course. Also i’m in Australia and the closest starbucks is about an hour away and nothing compares to a flat white from local cafe/office. Thanks for the great work you do.

  14. Ryan Trosen on September 13, 2017 at 2:35 pm


    We love the show. Part of a church plant that celebrates our 2 yr anniversary in October. I am the connections pastor/Prime Minister. We have used your podcast throughout the whole process from the Christmas idea you had (buying the Christmas in Marshalltown url), working on our welcome team ministry, adding a third service not on Sunday (Thursday night) which has been a huge hit as we launch to three services this fall.

    We are using parts or all of your podcasts during our leadership meetings with out lead team to help build and encourage them as we build leaders that lead not leaders that do. Your podcast has been great to help connect me as a second chair leader to books and resources that can take our church through the 200 barrier. We want to crush that barrier. We want to continue to Restore our city for what God has them.

    It would be amazing to win the Carey bundle and use this to continue to impact our leadership at Restore. Thanks for building into the church community.

    Restore Church

  15. Mike Vincent on September 13, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Hey Carey! I love your podcast and blog and you’re always the first one I recommend to ministry colleagues and friends! Listening to your podcasts helped me transition out of a time of burnout into greater vision and enthusiasm for ministry! We had a brief exchange on Twitter when I commented that your blog on Relational vs. Organizational Leaders really liberated me from trying to be something I’m not!

    I’m a 30 year-old youth and young adults pastor at a charismatic-pentecostal church in downtown Ottawa (go Canada!). I’m originally from the states but moved up to Ottawa after seminary a little over three years ago to get married and start working here! My wife and I are also foster parents to three teenage girls which keeps us on our toes (and on our knees)! We’re a church of around 350 on a Sunday and growing pretty steadily which is fun! It’s constant change and restructuring and it’s a lot of work but worth it! I’m implementing a lot of your teachings on leadership in my youth and young adults leader teams. My personal productivity and structures has undergone an overhaul as well so I’d love to get my hands on all your material to teach through, or at least bless my tea, wife, and girls with some Starbucks (I’m not a coffee guy). Thanks and keep up the great work!

  16. Micah on September 13, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Hello Carey, thank you for what you do for leaders. I am only 24, but will likely succeed my current pastor. Your resources would ensure that I am fully equipped for the responsibility ahead. I am currently in seminary, but your resources focus on several aspects of pastoral ministry that seminary does not cover. The city I’m in is 70,000 people and surrounded by more rural areas. My dream is to build a great church and equip leaders to reach the areas all around. There are approx 1.6m people within a 60 mile radius of our small metro. With the national statistic stating that 80% do not attend a church, there is much work to be done here. I highly appreciate your consideration.

  17. Phil Morrill on September 13, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Hey Carey,

    I am 25 years old and just starting out in serving full time in church ministry. I started at the end of March this year as the Family Ministry Pastor at Olivet Baptist Church in Meaford Ontario. I had hoped to be entering into ministry full time right out of College, but my internship didn’t lead there, I felt God calling me not to continue on staff at the church I interned at, even though I had that option. I started looking for another opportunity, but it didn’t come for a few years. During that time my wife and I grew our family and we have number 3 on the way this October.

    Without realizing it, God did something in me that was incredible during my time “in limbo” as I call it. He gave me passion. Passion for his work, passion for his church, passion to see his people have more passion for his work and his church. Since starting my role here, one thing I wanted to see in myself more then anything else, was that I wanted to be a leader who lasted. I heard so many stories of how Ministry work was hard on people, made them callous, exhausted them, and eventually led them to leave ministry. I just didn’t understand that. Not diminishing the hard work that church ministry is, how can being a servant leader in God’s church lead to these things so often? I began to feel that it wasn’t specifically this type of work that did this (though it may be an environment that brings these things out in people), but that it was the Leaders in this type of work, that didn’t take care of themselves. I want to take care of myself so that I won’t be done with ministry halfway through my life. So, I decided that right from the start, I wanted to put my life on a course where I would be able to serve in ministry my entire life, so long as that was God’s plan. Or perhaps to be able to be led by God anywhere, new opportunities, new locations of serving, whatever, without thinking that I am already exhausted and burned out before I even begin a new season. Bottom Line: I want to be able to be a leader for the next 50+ years of my life. Wherever I end up leading, a church, other pastors, my family, or in an environment I have no idea about yet. And I knew that there were more then enough leaders out there who have figured out how to care for themselves spiritually, mentally and physically that I could learn from.

    I was pointed in the direction of your podcast where you and Jeff Brodie talk about your transition out of the lead pastor role at Connexus. From there, I was sold that this could be an incredible leadership resource. I subscribed, subscribed to a few other leadership podcasts, and as soon as I found out about the HIL course, I got it, just in time. I am constantly thinking about how I can lead myself well first, so I can lead others out of that.

    Our church is also in a time of transition, with the former youth pastor officially becoming the Lead Pastor around the same time I started. I feel the passion I have has rubbed off on him, and his care and knowledge is so easy to absorb as we work together. These resources I think will be invaluable not just for me, but our church. We are about 100 people on a Sunday, and things haven’t been the same apparently since the former pastor left. People have left, there is little focus to what we do, but not just the leadership, but the people don’t want it to stay there! Together our leadership is focused on creating and leading the church in a focused direction, where everyone can be on board, and know why we are here. But the reality is that none of us have done this before. We are looking to the experiences of others and trying to glean whatever we can to apply to our situation. This leadership prize pack would be a huge influx of important material during this time in our Church and I think it would help us get to a place where we have a huge impact in the families around us.

    Families are full of brokenness, physically and spiritually, its normal. We want to see brokenness, not be normal, and we want to lead God’s people in that goal.

    Thanks for what you do Carey, I’m so glad God has placed you where you are at, and made you into what you are, because people like me, need people like you as we learn and grow. God has made a beautiful global church.


  18. Dow R Tippett on September 13, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Hey Carey,

    Love the show! I have just purchased Finish.

    Here’s why I would love to win your package. I am the associate pastor of a church that is running between 200-300. We’re in the midst of tremendous transition and trying to figure out how to break through to the next level. I own High Impact and 7 conversations, and would love to share those with others. I have yet to read, your other books and can’t wait.
    Each day I believe my leadership is growing, but this podcast is my base.

    Thanks again,
    Pastor Dow

  19. Keith Indovino on September 13, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Hey Carey!

    Thank you for all that you do. I became the lead pastor of a declining church on October 4th 2015. The church existed in the community since 1968. It has never grown past 40 regular attendees in almost 50 years! When I came on board, there were 7 people left. I guess they figured a 26-year-old couldn’t do much more harm lol

    Today we are averaging 45 people on a Sunday. We have some incredible churches in our area that have become mentors to me and my wife. I am constantly reading and listening to podcasts to grow as a leader, and in turn help other people in our local church grow.

    Your resource would be a HUGE gift to us. We want to reach as many unchurched people with Jesus as possible. I know that “Breaking 200 Without Breaking You” will be an invaluable asset to helping us.

    Thanks Carey!

  20. Jenae on September 13, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Thank you Carey for this. It helps more than you know

  21. Chuck Carter on September 13, 2017 at 6:37 am


    My name is Chuck Carter and I became the senior pastor at my church two weeks ago after serving four years as youth pastor. I am 29 years old, and married with three kids.

    Our church is the classic story of a declining congregation. 35 years ago, we were one of the largest congregations in our area. Now, we have about 100 people in our large facility and we continue to shrink. About a year ago as our leadership board began discussing change, strategy, and vision, the current senior pastor who had been at our church for 25 years, step down saying ” I do not believe I have the temperament or skill set to lead our church through this period of change”

    So I am looking for any help I can get to turn our church around. We have an amazing opportunity with our location being directly across the street from one of the largest high schools in our county, but our congregation has turned inward. We need to begin serving and reaching the surrounding community. My goal is to not being another “cool church ” that takes people away from other churches. I hope we become a force for evangelism reaching the lost in our community. But for that to happen, we will seriously need to change the way we do ministry.

    I attended the re-think the leadership conference this past summer and the information was so helpful. I know that your resources would also be helpful in leading change in our dwindling congregation.

  22. Britton Wesson on September 13, 2017 at 6:27 am

    I’m currently not in church ministry. I have stepped into the retail world by God’s plan. I am seeing this as my new area of ministry and would love to be able to take the leadership principles taught and use them in my new mission field. Plus I need a pumpkin spice latte.

  23. Jeff Pospisil on September 12, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I’m 38 years old, and, for the last decade, I’ve been the treasurer for the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. I had the honor of being able to work with Adam Weber and his team in launching Embrace. During my time as treasurer, my Conference has shifted from chronic decline (similar to other mainline denominations) to steady growth. About seven years ago, we made some significant changes in culture and programming so that the focus of the Conference’s work is to equip the churches to make disciples of Jesus Christ…instead of maintaining the institution. Over the last seven years, we’ve continued to change, but I believe we’re being prepared for another time of significant change as we try to live faithful to our mission. I’m part of the leadership team that feels the weight of this, but we still lack clarity on the next steps plus we have a whole herd of sacred cows to deal with.

    How would I use the Leadership Packet? I think that the Lasting Impact and Leading Change Without Losing It would be excellent for my leadership team to work through as we navigate this time of change. I would love to take the High Impact Leader course. I have three children (ages 6, 10, 13), and my wife has a chronic illness which leaves her unable to work, drive, and do many of the things she would love to do. With my ministry and family situation, I’m stretched pretty thin. For the course on Breaking 200 Without Breaking You, I would love to be able to give my good friend Kyle Reinhiller this course. It would help his church, but we have recently established peer learning groups for our clergy. Kyle has done a lot to help his fellow pastors so I would hope that he would then be able to lead a peer group of pastors struggling with the 200 barrier.

    Thanks for all you do for the church, Carey.

  24. Aaron Stiner on September 12, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Hey Carey
    No smoke blowing…you’re awesome. Love the posts and listen to the podcast every Tuesday. I’ve read “Lasting Impact,” of which my wife constantly tells me to read it again, she likes me better when I act more like you…Lol I’m a bi-vocational pastor in Ohio but I live in Indiana. I came into a situation where the old Pastor passed away and an interim Pastor came in for about a year. After he was there a year God impressed on his heart to turn it over to someone younger. My wife had gone to that church until she was 15, and they contacted us about coming in to minister. Amazingly God moved and they brought me in with no experience, or seminary. I split time with the interim Pastor for one year and am now coming up on year one of me being the only Pastor. It’s been a ride. The original Pastor, who passed away, was an amazing Pastoral Care minister. I’m a more entrepreneurial Pastor. So managing expectations can be tricky, but the eldership is amazing and God has blessed us greatly. Since taking over in January we’ve tripled in size from 20 to 70 plus, this literally feels up our small country church. Side note: our Church was built by ex-German Baptist who had a revival in the early 80’s and built the Church by hand from the rocks they pulled from the creek. Some of them still attend the Church, so when they say we built this Church they actually built it… God is really moving and we are coming up on some big decisions, about how we organize and where we meet, we need foundations that scale. But as I mentioned this is my first rodeo and your insight has been invaluable. Also, my other job is managing 3 mobile home communities (not trailer parks) they are beautiful with a total of 300+ residents, my boss is a Canadian Christian who is great, and tells me Tim Hortons chocolate milk is amazing but only in Canada. That rabbit trail was to reinforce that I’m in great need to your insight and if I could get everything you’ve ever done it would be a major blessing. Thanks for the opportunity to even be considered. God bless, Aaron. Oh I’m 34, 1 wife (knock out) 3 kids Owen 6, Lydia 4, Ella 2 months (knock me out)

  25. Mike Wardrop on September 12, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Hey Carey – I would LOVE to win this bundle.

    I’m a church planter in Adelaide, Australia who also works full-time for my denomination. My wife and I are planting our church (Encounter Church) together and were looking into the High-Impact Leader Course in particular as a way to maximise our time – both together and separately. Working full-time while growing our congregation and developing their sense of identity in Christ and purpose in mission has been a huge challenge but we are so excited by what God is doing in Adelaide as we move towards launching publicly in February!

    Would love these resources as a way to help us grow our leadership capacity to bless our team and our city!

    And on a personal note, thanks for your continued, faithful thinking, blogging, podcasting, speaking and connecting with leaders across the globe. You are having a massive impact on the global church and it is truly appreciated.

    God bless!

    Mike Wardrop

  26. Dike Odimuko on September 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Hi, Carey!
    I have served as a pastor with my church in Toronto for 15 years now. The organization grew very quickly: it started in Toronto in 1986 with 7 people and has grown to a church of 1,500 and has planted 105 churches in North & South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Asia. Last month, my church appointed me to be their Denomination Superintendent charged with overseeing all 105 churches. It is a daunting task, but your podcasts (which I began listening to last December) have been a great leadership insight for me. I have since purchased your book “Lasting Impact” with a view to help our churches engage high capacity leaders and grow. The book so blessed me that I also purchased the Team Edition to initiate important discussions amongst our leadership that will help us increase our rate of growth. I am quite interesting in joining the “Breaking 200 Without Breaking You” course as we have many churches that need to break the 200 barrier that I wish to help to do just that in our network. And being new to leadership at this level, I sure do not want to have the work burn me out, hence my interest in the High Capacity Leaders Course. In addition, I am aware that there are some changes that need to be made in our Denomination to keep it relevant and on the cutting edge of church planting, and I bet your book “Leading Change without Losing It” will help me navigate the intended changes. Whether I win the prize or not (I hope I do!), I just want to thank you so much for the work you are doing. Though I’ve not been subscribed to your podcast for too long, it has so far helped me lead like never before! Thank you Carey!

  27. Jean-Paul Ramjattan on September 12, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I already own the High Impact Leader course, which took me some time to find the resources for simply because I truly believe in the heart in which Carey and his team leads. There is a humility and genuine drive to make others greater that is communicated through all the content that is provided.

    That said, whether I win or not, I will eventually purchase the Breaking the 200 Barrier simply because I know it is the next step for our church. My father is a pastor of our church here in Trinidad, and though we come from a very traditional church setting I know we are being called to serve and love our island! And that cannot be done without increasing in our knowledge from those who have walked that path of growth before us.

    The key for me though is the heart behind Carey and the team – there are countless programs, teachings and even schemes to grow churches. The most critical aspect is finding someone who has the heart that is still aligned with God’s in the face of success and growth – and I truly believe Carey produces his work with such a humility.

    ANSWER: So I would like to receive the many resources offered to go make a difference at our church and raise up like minded leaders to impact my country and the Caribbean.

  28. Herbert on September 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Hey Carey!

    @ 18yrs old and a big ugly mess at that, I was trying my best just to make it to church every Sunday. One Sunday, as I was driving home, I heard God tell me I would Pastor a church one day, which was cray-crazy to say the least!!. I thought, ok, one day maybe when I’m 40 or 50 and full of wisdom and at least some white hair.

    I met my wife 3 years later, who as a Pastor’s daughter had told God she would never marry a pastor (and she thought she was out of the woods when I got into the medical field, Haa!) But @ 29 years old, we were helping build a small church plant with 2 families total (and honestly I was perfectly fine sitting in the background) but the opportunity was presented for me to take the lead.
    Although I was graying early, i wasn’t ready, I was unqualified, but i felt God provoking me to reach people like I was.

    It’s been 8 years and I’m just scratching the surface of the weight of this calling. I’m bivocational, have 3 young kids (who love church so far, thank you Jesus), I love to preach, I love seeing people who are lost get found. I love speaking God’s word into people’s lives! But, I don’t lead well. We’ve reached 80 to 100 in some seasons recently, but i think my leadership is the cap that keeps us from moving forward. I’m committed to the journey and I don’t think quitting is warranted just because something is too difficult. Although I admit, I’ve come to the ledge a couple dozen times, but every time im ready to throw in the towel, God has a way of reminding me of the changed lives and the difference we are making for eternity, and now that I think of it, it’s like He makes it hard for me to quit. Anyway, Thank you for what you do, I know you know, but what you do is making a difference and helping leaders like myself find their way.

  29. Gordon Sutherland on September 12, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    As an Intentional Interim Pastor helping churches navigate pastoral transitions I appreciate the relevant topics of the podcasts and blogs. I often use insights from these to fuel discussions about how as a church we can become healthier and stay on mission. Thanks for all you do for the Kingdom.

  30. John Finochio on September 12, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I lead a great church in Midwestern Ontario (about one hour west of you) in a small town of 3000 and we have broken the 200 barrier and we have a number of young leaders who I would like to use the materials you are offering to use in their ongoing training. Thx Carey!

  31. Alan Findley on September 12, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I’m preparing for church revitalization. God’s placed that call on my heart, and I have been slowly working toward an MDIV at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to help me be a better leader, preacher, pastor, and visionary. This would make a great impact in my world and prayerfully the kingdom!

  32. Jim Crosley on September 12, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I’m a senior pastor in a dying church. We have “grown” from 1200-100 in the last 30 years. I’ve been here for 5.5 years and the church is stuck. I could use the growing your church to 200 but probably can’t afford your new course. I’ve also read “For a New Generation” by Lee Kricher.

  33. John on September 12, 2017 at 9:52 am

    As scanned through the previous comments, every one I read I thought, “I hope this person wins, it sounds like they would truly benefit from the material and put it to good use.” It is comforting and encouraging to be reminded that there are so many pastors and leaders with a desire to reach people with the message of God’s love sent to us through and in the life of Christ. I’m a 39 year old Associate Pastor, and served in this capacity in our church for almost 14 years. During this time our church grew to the 200 threshold but we failed to equip the leadership and develop the structure to undergird the growth. As a result, momentum was lost and we’ve been slowly but steadily declining for the past few years. Through sharing some insights from your Lasting Impact book, I am seeing a shift in thinking and I am optimistic about the future of our church. We are now intentionally working on strategy to intentionally develop leaders and restructuring. Looking forward to your class, so I can share it with our team and continue to inspire and encourage the changes necessary for lasting impact and position our church to more powerfully reach and bless our community.

  34. Lee on September 12, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I am a 35 year old first time Lead Pastor at a church that is right now celebrating 130 years of helping People Live Jesus-centered lives in Denver.

    Our church was founded just 11 years after Colorado became a state, and just one year after the Statue of Liberty was dedicated.

    I came to this church 6 months ago with an express calling to revitalize the church and reach the next generation. The most common phrase I heard in the interview process and through the listening tour was “we just want our kids/grandkids back.”

    So far, the church has put their faith where their mouth is. I removed prayer requests from the bulletin without a single push-back or complaint, where that might have been my last Sunday in some churches. We have changed worship style, started revamping the building, brought a new emphasis on life groups, personal Bible study, generosity, and so much more.

    In truth, we have gotten more done in 6 months than I thought we would in the first couple years. But, I always have my ear to the congregation listening for change fatigue or concerns. And, though the initial season has gone so well, there is much more ahead than there is behind us.

    What I would like, much more than a Starbucks gift card (I don’t drink coffee), or even the breaking 200 course (I can buy that), would be for Carey to do something like what Brady at ProChurch does and take a few episodes to talk with and live mentor pastors like me in a live (but recorded), anything could happen session of speaking into their ministry.

    While I love hearing from the pros and those with a new book (my book is a few years old at this point, lol) this, I think, would be even more engaging if sprinkled in. I volunteer to take a turn…

  35. Isaac on September 12, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I’m a 29 year old Pastor and think Carey is putting out pure gold but I have not got my hands on a couple of his resources and think this would totally revolutionize my leadership and taking our church to the next step. Words can hardly say how awesome this would be but words are how we communicate, so this would just be an incredible gift.

  36. Adam on September 12, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I am currently senior pastor of a church in Williamstown Kentucky and fifteen years ago the church was 350 and thriving. Today we run between 125-150 and are ready to break the 200 barrier. I cannot wait for the the resources to be able to lead my elders, deacons, and staff to be able to break the 200 barrier to help our community.

  37. Jim Laudell on September 12, 2017 at 7:50 am

    At 61 I am not planning to reinvent the wheel but through insights gathered from spending time with young pastors I am seeing the same subjects pop up and these are rarely addressed. Instead of being an initiator of ideas desiring to become an influencer. Presently, I am almost done writing a book and have outlined an online mentorship program for pastors wanting to find satisfaction and joy in their ministry.
    Presently I am pastoring a rural church and desire to build relationships and connections both inside and outside the church.

  38. David on September 12, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I am a 29 year-old youth pastor with a growing family blessed to serve Christ and people in Michigan! I have been in ministry for 7 years, and the last 6 months since I’ve found your podcast have been some of the best months of personal growth, and it’s had an affect on my ministry. My wife and I have two children under five years old and our third child is due next month! We are beyond thrilled and thankful for this wonderful Blessing from God, but I will admit that I’m a little fearful of how I will do under the natural pressures of a growing family and a youth group of teenagers that need me to be that “high impact leader” that can be effective in my ministry to my family, church and community. I do graphic design on the side to bring in a little extra income for our family, that I hope to use to purchase the High Impact Leader course when it’s released next… but I’d absolutely LOVE and be thankful to win access to the information. Thanks again for all you do! Keep on!

  39. Dusty Smith on September 12, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I just completed my first year as the senior leader. I am in a church in the low 100’s. We are primed to break that 200 barriers possibly within the year. This would be a HUGE benefit.

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