In the following pages I will share with you some of the down‐home leadership advice I have gained one the years; and some from watching and listening to other leaders, and some from the proverbial school of hard knocks. I pray the information contained in the pages of this little booklet is a blessing to you and your ministry.
No matter the position you fill your work is critical to the success of your local church. Pastor or usher, Worship leader or Parking Attendant, soul winner or Greeter; the role every leader plays is vital to the growth of their church. The purpose of this booklet is to help you understand that if you fill your leadership role with excellence, conviction, and commitment—you will be successful.
As I travel throughout the United Pentecostal Church participating in Church Growth Conferences, Camp Meetings and other services, I am often asked about the church my wife and I pioneered in Newport News, Virginia. This book covers some of the glorious, and not so glorious, highlights of our time as pioneer church planters. Without hesitation I would have you to know that the church planting years of our life were the most enjoyable. Elsy and I have found nothing else to equal the joy associated with church planting. To have been called of God to start a church and watch it grow is the highlight of our ministerial life.
The eleven sermon outlines in this book are the first eleven messages I preached to the church in 2011. God used these messages to give the church direction and to set our congregation on a path of growth—spiritually, numerically, and financially. I am thrilled to report, for the first time in more than 34 years of full‐time ministry, we kept nearly 85% of the total number added to our church rolls in 2011. In previous years we have kept, on average, about 25% of new converts. This has been a banner year.