OBC Episode #117: How Almost Closing The Doors Of A Church Opened Up The Opportunity To Save Thousands Of People

June 26, 2017

“We will do less and do it better versus doing more and not doing it as well." - Bruce Deel, CEO/Founder, City of Refuge - Atlanta



Pastor Bruce Deel has seen it all.  Prostitutes, homelessness, sex trafficking victims, addicts of all kinds. What started out as a calling to close a church has now turned into one of the most successful non-profits in the city of Atlanta.  Take a listen to how he's helped save thousands of people by following one simple rule: obedience. Learn more about City of Refuge by going to: cityofrefugeatl.org

OBC Episode #116: Why Flashy Light Shows Won’t Win Over Students

June 20, 2017

“It doesn’t matter how good your event is, if your ministry isn’t saturated in relationships you won’t grow.  You won’t even sustain.” – Meredith Knox, FUSE, NewSpring Church 


    Stacey Tarrant           Meredith Knox

NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina may be nestled in a small town but it's in the top 10 of fastest growing churches in the country.  Their student ministry, FUSE, has thousands of students at more than 10 campuses. 2 of their top leaders, Stacey Tarrant and Meredith Knox share how they maintain a connection with each student.

OBC Episode #115:The #1 Thing Students Crave

June 19, 2017

“One thing you just have to own is that the key to pastoring and leading and reaching more students is reaching more adults.” – Will Riddle, Student Pastor, Stevens Creek Church


Understanding what students are craving the most is key to getting them involved in your student ministry. Pastor Will Riddle shares what he he got rid of in order to grow their ministry from about 30 students to more than 300...even in the summer months.

OBC Episode #114: Church Merging - How To Blend The Old And The New

April 18, 2017

“Your job as a leader is to get God what God wants. And love them but don’t work too hard to keep people because the Lord brings the people you need.” - Mark Carter, Lead Pastor, Torch of Faith 



Blending two different cultures can be hard, but what about blending two different church cultures?  Pastor Mark Carter experienced this firsthand.  He took the lead in blending his young and thriving church with an older one that was about to have to close its doors.  Take a listen to what he says were some big wins and some things he would do differenlty.

OBC Episode #113: Rebranding Your Church - Is It Time?

April 11, 2017

“I think branding is very underutilized. I think it’s something that feels corporate, it feels stuffy, and we really just want to tear down that.” - Cody Bridenbaugh, Founder of Made By Harvest



Cody Bridenbaugh understands the value in church branding, but more importantly what it takes to rebrand.  He would know...he rebranded NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina.  It has 15 campuses and is one of the 100 fastest-growing churches in the United States.  In this podcast, Cody shares the strategy behind successfully rebranding a church of any size. For more information or to contact Cody about rebranding go to MadeByHarvest.com

OBC Episode #112: Jesus Loves Arabs – Going Great Lengths For Mission Work

March 7, 2017

“If we set up a mission in mind that we want to accomplish and start taking baby steps towards that, we’ll begin to see how it can be easier and easier and easier.” - Marion Clifton, Founder of Arab World Outreach



Marion Clifton knows exactly what it takes to start missionary work...as well as how grueling it can be.  His mission is not only to reach the unchurched, but to bring Christianity to Arabs.  Hear how he overcomes major obstacles and how you can too.  Learn More: www.ArabWorldOutreach.org


OBC Episode #111: Importance of Staff Giving

March 1, 2017

“I’m not going to have someone who’s never given a dime to the church sitting in a board meeting making a decision about church finances.” - Dr. David McKinley, Lead Pastor, Warren Baptist Church



It’s one thing to ask your members to give, but what about your staff and leadership team? Are they giving? Are they required to tithe? Hear why Pastor David McKinly says you're staff should be "all in".


OBC Episode #110: The Nearly Costly Mistake

March 1, 2017

“We fell on our faces. Even after time, effort, videos, preaching series…you know, just the whole thing.” - Dr. David McKinley, Lead Pastor, Warren Baptist Church



Being a good listener is not just important when people are engaging with you, but also when they aren’t. In fact, it can make or break a church. Pastor David McKinley figured that out real quick ... take a listen to the the bold move he made to change it.

OBC Episode #109: The Emotional Tap

February 28, 2017

“In 10, 20, 30 years…what will our church look like in terms of giving because there’s such a reflection of little giving.” - Phillip Dunn, Lead Pastor, Millbrook Baptist Church



Every time the offering talk comes up during service – those words are the most important ones a pastor may speak in order to drive people to give. But that’s because you have to tap into emotion. Pastor Dunn gives some insight into how he does it in his nearly 3,600 member church.

OBC Episode #108: Modern Day Tithing Formula

February 28, 2017

“Everything we have is God’s gift to us, what we do with that is our gift to God.” - Robert Fain, Lead Pastor, Church of the Good Shepherd.



The word "tithe" means giving one tenth, or 10%, of your earnings.  But with so many leaving paycheck to paycheck that can be hard.  And one of the biggest questions many ask is, 'Does that mean I give 10% of my gross or net income?'  Pastor Fain breaks down what he calls a modern day formula that's helped his church for the past 25 years.