Cedric Nelms

I am a husband, father, pastor, soon-to-be author, speaker, lover of learning, middle school teacher, and a dude that just loves sharing my experiences with people. I will blog about topics that are at the crossroads of CULTURE, LIFE, and FAITH. It will be a blog of insight, inspiration, equipping, and encouragement.

Pastor to Pastors: When It’s Time To Invest in ‘Me Time’

A few years ago, I woke up one day and realized that I had teenagers who would go to college in a few years. In my mind, this meant that my wife and I would be in a position to stop working or at least we could work less. BY CEDRIC NELMS So, I began to do research on what it would take for us to retire. My wife and...

The Church: How Have We Advanced the Dream?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made a profound statement some 50 plus years ago about Sunday morning at 11am being the most segregated time of the week. That statement was the launching site of the gathering that took place last Saturday (1/20) at Chosen Generation Fellowship Church in Long Beach. We asked the question: How have we advanced the dream since the Civil Rights movement? A very diverse panel of pastors,...

The Reality of Urban Church Planting: Fear and Faith

There’s something different about someone who acts on their deepest desire to impact lives, ultimately leaving them feeling both vulnerable and fulfilled in their own life. That is the heart of a church planting pastor. There is a certain level of uncertainty to planting something that is counter-cultural to the current state of society. As an urban church planter, there have been times of great joy and extreme lows. Church planting...

World Impact’s Urban Church Assoc Develops Trust and Unity

The office of Pastor can be compared to having children, it can be a wonderful experience but it can leave you with a few gray hairs. The calling of pastors is one that is typically approached with honor and an awareness that the work of the office has a lot to do with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is something that pastors need but the other thing that is...

What Doesn’t Kill You Will… ?

What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. I have heard that saying all of my life. I had coaches, teachers, mentors, and even my own parents tell me that from time to time. In that statement, is courage, hope, faith, disbelief, struggle, surrender, and strength… just to name a few. In that one simple phrase is not only the hope that what is going on will soon pass but...