Zach Zehnder on The Red Letter Disciple podcast

059: Pastor Zach Zehnder On Why Serving Will Cost You, How Jesus Served, And How to Make a Difference to One Person Everyday

Serving is not new, but it is part of our natural needs. Many people want to serve. They just need help. Pastor Zach Zehnder wrote the Serving Challenge for all those who want fulfillment, peace, and satisfaction in helping others. You will repeatedly reference this resource in your families, church, and as an individual.



Today’s episode is brought to you by Red Letter Living. We create resources to challenge all people to be greater followers of Jesus. And today’s resource that we are highlighting is Serving Challenge. This challenge can be done as an individual, as a family, as a small group, and yes, even as a church. Pastors and church leaders, if you’d like a free copy, you can request one going to this website here. New Year and Lent 2024 is the perfect time to launch a 40-day challenge in your church. You can have a powerful 40-day experience that will move your people like never before to serve, grow your small groups by more than 40%, and you can have all your materials (sermons, small groups, kids materials, graphics, etc.) done for you for 6 weeks. You can find out more now at

Resources mentioned in the episode: 

Red Letter Challenge Book

Red Letter Living Website

Serving Challenge

Right Now Media

Picture of Football Field to guide Zach’s writing process

Blog 7 Tips to Write Your First Book 

Red Letter Spiritual Gift Test 

One at a Time by Kyle Idleman

Key insights from the episode: 

Zach Zehnder Quote for Red Letter Disciple

Don’t rush your controlling idea. – Zach Zehnder

People are never an interruption to Jesus. – Zach Zehnder

No one can do it all, but all of us can do one thing. – Zach Zehnder

You are able. You just don’t know how you are able. – Zach Zehnder

Compassion should always follow up with the word ‘and.’  – Zach Zehnder

Purpose and meaning are wrapped up in serving. – Zach Zehnder 

Do one for one. – Zach Zehnder

Pastor Zach Zehnder’s Challenge: Intentionally lose so someone else can win. 

Are you following Jesus? 

Many want to be greater followers of Jesus but don’t know how. We extensively studied everything Jesus commanded of us and located five key targets to which Jesus invited His followers. The five targets are Being, Forgiving, Serving, Giving, and Going.

In partnership with LifeWay Research, we created a Red Letter Challenge Assessment that will measure you according to these five targets. And the best news of all: it’s free! You will get results back immediately and be presented with the next steps to help you become an even greater follower of Jesus.

You can take the FREE Red Letter Challenge Assessment here. 


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