Blog

My goal with this blog is to inspire and equip church leaders to build healthy churches that fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

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4 Ways to Manage Messy Members

At Oak Ridge, we say, "come as you are," but please, don't stay that way. Our church is an incredibly ...
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3 Steps to Resurrect a Dying Church

Before I came to my current church, they had been on a 15-year plateau followed by a near-death experience due ...
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Rethinking Student Ministry Part 2: The New Experiment

Guest Post by Gary McCabe, Pastor of Family Ministries & Mobilization, Oak Ridge Baptist ChurchIn Part 1: The Definition of ...
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Rethinking Student Ministry, Part 1: The Definition of Insanity

Guest Post by Gary McCabe, Pastor of Family Ministries & Mobilization, Oak Ridge Baptist ChurchIn recent months I have noticed ...
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7 Tips to Read the Bible Through in A Year

Guest post by: Ron Edmondson - 7 Tips to Read the Bible Through in a Year.Are you up for a challenge? How ...
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The Most Critical and Yet Neglected Habit Required for Church Growth

I have led and taught the principles of church growth for over two decades. It’s been my privilege to assist ...
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3 Ways to Move an Attender to a Member

A healthy church is intentional about setting up structures and processes to help move an attender to a fully engaged ...
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3 Realities Needed to Lead the Church in Times of Chaos

A new poll was released by Gallup showing that Americans who were just beginning to feel optimistic that we were ...
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3 Tips for Weekend Church Announcements

One of my greatest memories as a kid was going to Walt Disney World in Florida. Every year, my mom ...
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4 Ways to Wow Your Guests

4 Ways to Wow Your Guests

Recently, some friends and I decided to patronize a new local restaurant. This place had gained a lot of buzz ...
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3 Reasons to Define Your Church’s Purposes

Before I became a pastor, I worked for Amdahl, a computer mainframe company that competed directly against IBM. It truly ...
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5 Ways to Set Healthy Boundaries

Setting healthy boundaries is an integral part of establishing your identity and is vital for your mental health and wellbeing ...
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24 Ways Theology Undergirds Ministry

Theology is not abstract ramblings about how many angels can balance on the head of a needle. Theology is a ...
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How to Deal with Poisonous Parishioners

Wah, wah, wah! Murmur, murmur, murmur. Grumble, grumble, grumble. Every church has ‘em — whiners, complainers, gossipers, and backbiters. It’s ...
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Soul Care When You are an Introvert with the Spiritual Gift of Service

Guest post written by Mark Reynolds, Executive Pastor of Business Operations, Oak Ridge Baptist Church What is Soul Care? A ...
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How Do You Measure Your Church’s Mission During COVID?

Every year I do a message called the State of the Church. It’s a time when I pause, reflect, and ...
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I Failed as a Parent: Now What?

Parenting is hard. You could do everything right and still feel like you failed as a parent. Why? Because we ...
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Community Outreach: How Santa’s Wonderland Became a Cultural Bridge

Bridge events are relationship-building events designed to draw the "unchurched" from your community into relationships with members of your church.For ...
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Celebrate Recovery: A Real Life Recovery Story

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program offered in over 3,500 churches nationwide and internationally. It is designed to bring ...
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10 Reasons Why Churches Need to Reopen

I feel we’re getting it wrong when it comes to keeping our churches closed (Andy Stanley) or brazenly opening the ...
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10 Habits of a Rock Star Staffer

In a previous blog post, I shared the Attitudes of a Rock Star Staffer. In this follow-up blog, I wanted ...
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Why Bridge Events Are Better Than Outreach Events

Churches that have a desire to use an outreach event aimed at reaching their community for Christ struggle with strategies ...
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10 Characteristics of the Average Unchurched Family

Many years ago when our church began revitalization, we prayed and asked God who He was calling us to reach ...
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12 Keys to a Thriving Small Groups Ministry

When I first came to Oak Ridge, they were using a traditional Sunday School model. Having been engaged in strong ...
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