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.
I Can’t Do This Anymore, What Should I do?
February 2, 2023
Have you ever thought, “I’m just not sure I can do this anymore?” Whether it’s post-pandemic frustration, marital stress, or ...
Do You Ever Wish You Could Recruit More Volunteers and Develop More Leaders?
January 19, 2023
Do you ever wish you could recruit more volunteers and develop more leaders?Finding high-caliber volunteers before the pandemic was nearly ...
Why You Should Attend the DREAM Even If You’ve Already Been
December 30, 2022
Often, when I talk to church leaders who have attended DREAM, their first question is, “What’s new this year?” The ...
4 Secrets of a Powerful Ministry Team
September 20, 2022
Ministry teams are the church's heart and soul, and a powerful ministry team can help foster a healthy church. While ...
4 Ways to Manage Messy Members
May 13, 2022
At Oak Ridge, we say, "come as you are," but please, don't stay that way. Our church is an incredibly ...
3 Steps to Resurrect a Dying Church
April 19, 2022
Before I came to my current church, they had been on a 15-year plateau followed by a near-death experience due ...
Rethinking Student Ministry Part 2: The New Experiment
March 29, 2022
Guest Post by Gary McCabe, Pastor of Family Ministries & Mobilization, Oak Ridge Baptist ChurchIn Part 1: The Definition of ...
Rethinking Student Ministry, Part 1: The Definition of Insanity
March 24, 2022
Guest Post by Gary McCabe, Pastor of Family Ministries & Mobilization, Oak Ridge Baptist ChurchIn recent months I have noticed ...
7 Tips to Read the Bible Through in A Year
January 11, 2022
Guest post by: Ron Edmondson - 7 Tips to Read the Bible Through in a Year.Are you up for a challenge? How ...
The Most Critical and Yet Neglected Habit Required for Church Growth
November 29, 2021
I have led and taught the principles of church growth for over two decades. It’s been my privilege to assist ...
3 Ways to Move an Attender to a Member
October 7, 2021
A healthy church is intentional about setting up structures and processes to help move an attender to a fully engaged ...
3 Realities Needed to Lead the Church in Times of Chaos
August 19, 2021
A new poll was released by Gallup showing that Americans who were just beginning to feel optimistic that we were ...
3 Tips for Weekend Church Announcements
July 13, 2021
One of my greatest memories as a kid was going to Walt Disney World in Florida. Every year, my mom ...
4 Ways to Wow Your Guests
June 15, 2021
Recently, some friends and I decided to patronize a new local restaurant. This place had gained a lot of buzz ...
3 Reasons to Define Your Church’s Purposes
May 19, 2021
Before I became a pastor, I worked for Amdahl, a computer mainframe company that competed directly against IBM. It truly ...
5 Ways to Set Healthy Boundaries
May 6, 2021
Setting healthy boundaries is an integral part of establishing your identity and is vital for your mental health and wellbeing ...
24 Ways Theology Undergirds Ministry
April 14, 2021
Theology is not abstract ramblings about how many angels can balance on the head of a needle. Theology is a ...
How to Deal with Poisonous Parishioners
April 7, 2021
Wah, wah, wah! Murmur, murmur, murmur. Grumble, grumble, grumble. Every church has ‘em — whiners, complainers, gossipers, and backbiters. It’s ...
Soul Care When You are an Introvert with the Spiritual Gift of Service
March 24, 2021
Guest post written by Mark Reynolds, Executive Pastor of Business Operations, Oak Ridge Baptist Church What is Soul Care? A ...
How Do You Measure Your Church’s Mission During COVID?
January 21, 2021
Every year I do a message called the State of the Church. It’s a time when I pause, reflect, and ...
I Failed as a Parent: Now What?
December 22, 2020
Parenting is hard. You could do everything right and still feel like you failed as a parent. Why? Because we ...
Community Outreach: How Santa’s Wonderland Became a Cultural Bridge
December 10, 2020
Bridge events are relationship-building events designed to draw the "unchurched" from your community into relationships with members of your church.For ...
Celebrate Recovery: A Real Life Recovery Story
October 28, 2020
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program offered in over 3,500 churches nationwide and internationally. It is designed to bring ...
10 Reasons Why Churches Need to Reopen
October 14, 2020
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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