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.
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 ...
10 Habits of a Rock Star Staffer
October 7, 2020
In a previous blog post, I shared the Attitudes of a Rock Star Staffer. In this follow-up blog, I wanted ...
Why Bridge Events Are Better Than Outreach Events
September 28, 2020
Churches that have a desire to use an outreach event aimed at reaching their community for Christ struggle with strategies ...
10 Characteristics of the Average Unchurched Family
September 10, 2020
Many years ago when our church began revitalization, we prayed and asked God who He was calling us to reach ...
12 Keys to a Thriving Small Groups Ministry
August 27, 2020
When I first came to Oak Ridge, they were using a traditional Sunday School model. Having been engaged in strong ...
8 Principles of Great Preaching
August 12, 2020
I've been listening to sermons for over 40 years now and attempting to preach for over 20 years. There are ...
Attitudes of a Rock Star Staffer
July 29, 2020
As of this writing, there are 23 staffers serving at our church. Over the last 20 years, we have seen ...
3 Primary Sources Eroding the Family Home Today
July 22, 2020
Erosion occurs when the forces of the environment eat away the foundation on which we are relying. The American family ...
Why We Stopped Doing Vacation Bible School
June 17, 2020
Vacation Bible School (VBS) was born out of an evangelistic passion of Mrs. Walter Aylett Hawes, a doctor's wife. Her ...