15 Ways To Create Buzz (The Remix!) Launching Soon

Last summer, I launched a series of emails called 15 WAYS TO CREATE BUZZ FOR IN YOUR COMMUNITY.  This has turned out to be very popular and helpful to a lot of people.


Currently, I am doing a refresh of these and will be releasing them in an all new eBook format and PDF, complete with all new tips and content.  There’s a possibility I may even expand it from 15 ways to 20 ways.


In this eBook refresh, I will give you done for you steps on ways that you can create a little buzz in your community for your church.  Included will be step by step processes, ideas you can make your own and implement and insider tips from those that have done these before.

For example, I’ll tell you how you can do a free ice cream or coffee day in your community.  Who doesn’t love free coffee or ice cream?  And…it’s a lot less expensive to do than you think.

If you want to be the first to get this new refresh eBook, you can SIGN UP HERE.  I’ll send it to you a few days before everyone else gets it.  Or, if you’d rather go ahead and get the current 15 day email series, you can SIGN UP FOR THAT HERE.


I would LOVE a little help in getting the word out about this new project.  Could you help me promote the pre-launch by tweeting out this blog post or featuring this content on your own blog? That would be SUPER helpful.

If you think you might want to help get this content out, email me at bobby@ridgechurchonline.com or just leave a comment below.  Thanks!

Can An 18-Minute TED Talk Sermon Work?

I love TED Talks.  Seriously.  I could watch them all day.  I have to limit myself or otherwise, I would spend large portions of days just watching TED Talks.  Which would them defeat the purpose of watching them because I would be doing nothing with what I am learning or being inspired by.


If you’re familiar with a TED Talk, then you know the rundown; communicators craft an 18 minute or less talk about an idea, meant to inspire and be spread.  Sounds like a good sermon, minus the 18 minute length.  But here’s the million dollar question; can a sermon be 18 minutes or less and be inspiring and effective?   Continue reading

Can Your Sunday Announcements Use Some Work?

Announcements; the necessary evil of Sunday worship experiences everywhere.  If you’re like me, you are constantly asking how you can make them better, engaging and actually memorable.  They can either be a train-wreck or something that help motivate and mobilize your people.


Lucky for all of us, my friend Rich Birch at Unseminary has created an amazing resource to help our announcement time.  In his free eBook called EFFECTIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS: LEVERAGE 5 MINUTES IN EVERY CHURCH SERVICE TO MOVE PEOPLE TO ACTION, Rich gives practical and helpful advice on church announcements, the giving talk and even how to utilize effective images.

Download this gem and get it into the hands of the people who put together your announcement time, then let Rich know how useful it’s been.

Grow The Church and Preach Less

It has been said that a church can have sub-par music, bad kid’s ministries, and less than favorable location and still grow if the preaching is good to great.


Think about it; have you attended a church and put up one of these things or a combination of them just because you liked the pastor and his preaching was engaging?  It’s likely you have.  However, if you want a healthy church, I would suggest you also pay attention to those other areas too.  That’s another post for another time.  Continue reading

5 Reasons To Take An Extended Preaching Break

Have you ever preaching a message and after felt like you had already said all those things you just preached a few weeks earlier?  Or maybe you’re sitting down to write your next sermon only to find yourself staring into space because you feel like you’ve already said everything you know to say? It’s like it’s all running together.


Preachers like rivers, can run dry at times.  Unless there in an inflow of inspiration and the water is replenished, things will dry up quickly.   Continue reading

Sand, Crab Legs, Sun & Family

It’s been a bit quiet around here the last two weeks and for good reason; my family and I got away for some much needed family time and vacation on the beautiful beaches of the Florida panhandle.

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We had a great time playing in the sand, eating seafood and jumping way more waves that I could ever count.  Getting away to the beach with my family is one of my favorite things to do.   I can’t wait to do the next one.

Speaking of vacations and rest, check out this blog from Mark Driscoll for dads and 10 tips for vacations.  Also this The Village Church on a Rest Better Than Vacation.

I’ll be back to regulars posts next week.  Until then, here are a few pics our vacation time:

No More Preaching For Life Change

I use to believe that preaching was supposed to be for life change.  Let me explain; my idea of life change was that I would preach, people would hear and then go do what I challenged them to do and their life would change. Unfortunately, that method was really about me wanting to modify the behavior of people, and to create good, moral cultural Christians that showed up to church, tithed, and volunteered.


What I have come to realize (from my own detox) is that I must preach for heart transformation and the beginning of heart transformation starts with preaching to detox and deconstruct.  Read any of the parables and you will see Jesus doing detox and deconstruction.  He never tells anyone to change their behaviors, but instead he goes after their hearts.

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Religious Detoxing To Make Disciples

When I was 16 years old, I decided that I wanted to learn how to play the guitar.  The problem was that I knew no one that played, nor did I have the money to get lessons.  So my only solution to learning how to play the guitar was to teach myself.

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I had saved just enough money to purchase the two things I thought I needed most to be able to play; a guitar and a strap to hold my guitar so I looked good playing thus previously mentioned guitar.  I was now ready to wow my friends, have girls swoon over me, and start a band.  Only one problem; a had yet to learn how to play the guitar.

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5 Things A Starbucks Barista Does, That All Churches Should

Even if you’re one of those that refuses to pay $2 for a cup of Joe (gasp!), you can still learn a thing or two from a Starbucks Barista.

Starbucks Coffee is a polarizing company for coffee lovers.  The real coffee snobs hate them because they’ve taken gourmet coffee and made it mainstream and accessible.  The fake ones (like myself) love them because they’ve taken gourmet coffee and made it mainstream and accessible.

But more than serving great coffee, I love Starbucks because of the many lessons I’ve learned and seen implemented in local churches when it comes to creating community and service. Continue reading