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 Envelopes Could Change Your Life!
February 22, 2018
I usually write on topics of church leadership, but this time I want to get very personal.Like most couples, we ...
5 Distinctives of Difference-Making Churches
February 14, 2018
Although it doesn't take an advanced degree to determine that the church is in trouble, recent research findings confirm the ...
4 Secrets of Effective Evangelistic Churches
January 24, 2018
The numbers are alarming. Southern Baptists, once a leading denomination in evangelistic effectiveness, continue to decline year after year. The ...
Four Things Your Guests are Going to Notice
December 12, 2017
It's the most wonderful time of the year! With the guests all arriving the greeters are thriving; we're so glad ...
Processing the Pain of Senseless Evil
November 7, 2017
Processing the Pain of Senseless EvilPosted by Oak Ridge Baptist Church on Monday, November 6, 2017 “Sometimes something useless happens ...
4 Ways to Embrace Every Race
August 14, 2017
Recent events have reminded us that racial tension is alive and well in America. Tempers flared and sides are quickly ...
Out of Africa (West Africa, that is)
July 29, 2017
OAK RIDGE INTERNATIONAL PEACE UPDATE The West Africa PEACE team just returned from our second PEACE trip to Benin and ...
3 Essential Elements of Mentorship
July 5, 2017
It's seems the church world has gone leadership crazy. Everywhere you turn, there's an article on leadership: How to Spot ...
3 Ways We Make It Difficult for People to Be Saved in Our Services
March 17, 2017
I came across an interesting story in my daily Bible reading. In Acts 15 we find possibly the most critical church ...
3 Proven Practices for Reaching the Unchurched
January 2, 2017
Recently a pastor asked me, "What are the top 3 to 5 things your church does to reach the unchurched?"I ...
The Top 10 Posts of 2016
December 30, 2016
I had quite a bit of blog traffic this year coming from all over the world. I am thrilled that ...
The Church that Canceled Christmas!?
December 6, 2016
"WHAT!? You're not having services on Christmas Sunday? Pastor, are you out of your mind? What kind of church doesn't ...
WHY SHOULD I RETAKE THE CLASSES?
October 13, 2016
THREE REASONS I NEED TO RETAKE THE CLASSES Someone may have thought (not you, but some other person), "I love the ...
How to Make America Great (or any country for that matter)
September 19, 2016
I have lived through twelve presidential election cycles. In each one the candidates work hard to point out what's currently ...
Why You Should NOT Give Money to that Homeless Person
July 30, 2016
There he is again. The guy at the corner holding his sign, hoping that sympathetic travelers will donate some money ...
The ABCs of Empowerment
June 18, 2016
In my last article I looked at the 3 Principles of Effective Leadership. Delegation and empowerment are easier to write ...
3 Principles of Effective Leadership
June 4, 2016
When it comes to leadership, perhaps the most often used passage in the Bible is Exodus 18. This is the story ...
WHY YOU SHOULD BE DOING PARTNERSHIP MISSIONS
May 23, 2016
I just returned from my third trip to our partner church in China. We are now reaping the tenfold fruit ...
What Rwanda Teaches the Church
March 12, 2016
When the genocide occurred in Rwanda, I was a young father with two small children working 60-80 hours a week ...
6 Things Your Spiritual Gifts Won’t Do
February 15, 2016
I've been a Christian for over 35 years now. I remember the excitement I felt when I first learned about ...
7 Reasons People May Not Sing in Church
January 5, 2016
I've heard people say, "I don't like the new music because it's all about performance. I like the hymns because ...
How Santa Got into Our Church
November 21, 2015
In my last blog I shared why we stopped doing an annual Fall Festival. If you have not read that ...
Solid Answers for Troubling Times
November 14, 2015
It's happened again. Unbelievable atrocities as terrorists erupt violence on hundreds of innocent bystanders. The images filling our screens and ...
Why We Stopped Doing Fall Fest
November 7, 2015
Our church had been hosting an annual Fall Festival for decades when we decided to switch to a Christmas community ...
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