The Oak House

The Case for Churches

I have focused quite a bit on the benefits of churches embracing the coworking space model as a method of connecting with the community, today I want to explain the benefits of having a church meet in your coworking space. I am going to save some folks some time and Read more…

By Brian, ago
The Oak House

Change…Or Die

“Culture is changing rapidly, which means people are changing rapidly. If you want to reach people, that probably also means you need to change your approach rapidly.” – Carey Nieuwhof Culture is, in fact, changing at a rapid clip.  The way people interact with entities is changing, retail is dying, Read more…

By Brian, ago
The Oak House

It Will Happen

So I was recently sitting in on some meetings with potential contractors and we started discussing the vision for The Oak House.  One of the contractors said “Man, I thought about doing something kinda like this when we built our new building at our church.”  I asked him why he Read more…

By Brian, ago
The Oak House

The Daily Grind

Sammy wakes up every day and starts the process of going to the office.  Sammy works for a large flooring manufacturer and spends a majority of his day pounding away on a keyboard and mousepad.  The days aren’t terribly long, but he has to pull some long days every once Read more…

By Brian, ago
The Oak House

Nimble Church

Businesses pivot all the time.  At least the good ones do.  Something isn’t working?  Let’s change it up a bit.  About to go bankrupt?  Let’s adjust the model.  Here is a perfect example: Starbucks went from selling coffee machines and the stuff to make coffee to selling the brewed beverage Read more…

By Brian, ago
The Oak House

Center of Attention

Every Sunday, Bill and his wife Janice walk into church with their 2.5 kids and sit thorough a hour long sermon.  There is a kids ministry which teaches age appropriate biblical-themed curriculum to their kids.  The coffee is good, the band is better, and the Pastor is a nice guy Read more…

By Brian, ago
The Oak House

Truth…By The Numbers

Statistics are a funny thing.  Some people say you can’t believe them.  Others say they are solid data and stats are a very reliable way of figuring out what is going on.  As with most things, I fall somewhere in the middle with those statements.  I can see both sides Read more…

By Brian, ago
The Oak House

New Year…New Focus

I took the entire month of December off from writing.  Mostly because I had finished my reading list and I wasn’t in full-on learning mode. I was just coasting along waiting for 2018 to get here.  Now that we are sitting firmly in Jan 1, it is time to get Read more…

By Brian, ago
When Helping Hurts

When Helping Hurts: Part 8

“Many North American churches and ministries are reconsidering the approaches they have been taking toward the materially poor.  Many are realizing they have been applying “relief” inappropriately and want to shift toward “development” in their work at home and abroad.” – When Helping Hurts The way people approach the materially Read more…

By Brian, ago