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.

animal friends 1

3 Keys to Aligning Ministries

We're better together! Alignment is a big deal in all organizations, whether it's a family, a business or a church.  ...
Read More

The Shortest Mission Trip You’ll Ever Take

What if I could offer you a chance to do REAL missions work that could change lives and it won't ...
Read More


As I shared in my last blog, our church leadership is working on three disciplines in 2014: Clarify our mission ...
Read More
Visit to North Coast

3 Principles of Highly Effective Churches

On a recent trip to visit North Coast Church in southern California to check out their multi-venue model, I had ...
Read More

Could Going to a Four Year College Actually be a Setback?

As a father and a grandfather, I have a radically different view of college than I did growing up.  I ...
Read More

Getting More Out of Two Zero One Four

It's that time of the year again! Now that the initial flurry of New Year's resolution articles have subsided, I ...
Read More

New Names Added to the Life List!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Santa's list is filled with the names of CHANGED LIVES!!! Thank you for INVITING, ...
Read More
Christmas Candlelight Service

Three Reasons You Should Invite Someone to Our Christmas Services

1. Because people who may be resistant to visit church are incredibly receptive to a special Christmas service. Even people ...
Read More

Three Things Failure Can Teach You

I was blown away once again by our church's unbelievable unity. We just held a business meeting where we unanimously ...
Read More


New Improved Volunteer Check-In System Coming Soon! We will soon be installing customized check-in modules in each of our volunteer's ...
Read More
When Santa Came to Church He Brought Friends!

When Santa Came to Church He Brought Friends!

Santa versus Jesus Most Christians are aware that the modern day Santa Claus traces his roots back to Saint Nicholas ...
Read More

Did ORBC’s DREAM Change?

On Monday, November 11, 2013, I met with our Real Estate Broker to discuss the status of the contract on ...
Read More
Photo of a Collection Plate

I Have a Question About Tithing?

What should I do if I want to tithe, but my unbelieving husband doesn't? This is actually a complex question ...
Read More

When Does Ministry Count?

One feedback I've gotten over the years (sometimes second hand) has been, "I serve regularly with an organization outside the ...
Read More

The Recipe for Maturity!

What are the Ingredients of Growth? The goal of Christianity is not heaven.  The goal of Christianity is to become ...
Read More

The Power of Unity

WE'RE BETTER TOGETHER One of the coolest verses in the Bible about the power of unity just might surprise you.  ...
Read More
Classes Logo

Do I Really Need to Retake The CLASSes?

FOUR REASONS I NEED TO RETAKE THE CLASSES Someone may have thought (not you, but some other person), "I love ...
Read More
rain on parade

What To Do When Life Rains On Your Parade

Ok, this is the 4th or 5th time we've had a major event planned that required decent weather and we ...
Read More
spiritual growth

Miracle Grow!

Church leaders have asked me, "What is the secret to church growth?"  And the first answer is that there is ...
Read More
Shopping Center Contract Signing 09-29-2013

If You Sign it…

EXPAND THE DREAM In the ten years from 1999-2009, God resurrected a dying church and breathed new life into ORBC!  ...
Read More
volunteer rally

Volunteer Purpose Rally

The Power of a Purpose Rally I remember in school everyone would meet in the gym for pep rallies.  Bringing ...
Read More
Praying for Anna

Living a Life of Layaway

Thursday morning I put my youngest daughter on an airplane to begin her 5 months on mission.  There must have ...
Read More

Why I Began to Blog

As a senior pastor of a large church it's hard to grow yourself in your position without feedback.  That's why ...
Read More