Dr. Tom Cheyney serves the Greater Orlando Baptist Association as their Executive Director of Missions. Prior to coming to GOBA, Tom served at the North American Mission Board in the Church Planting Group as the Team Leader for the Resource Delivery Team. Tom is a nationally recognized conference leader in Church Revitalization, Church Planting, and Church Health. Tom has taught on five continents and is an Oxford University Distinguished Scholars Student from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Cheryl and they have two children Ashleigh and Drew. Drew serves as the Youth Minister for Mountain Lake Community Church in Atlanta.
His primary responsibility focuses on leading GOBA’s 237 churches and missions to reach central Florida for Christ. Dr. Cheyney’s major emphasis is four fold: 1) seek to revitalize our churches around central Florida that are in need of Church Revitalization and Renewal. 2) Continue to plant healthy new churches utilizing various models across the five counties which GOBA ministers. 3) Work to increase the number of language missions. 4) To develop new and existing leaders through the Greater Orlando Adventures in Leadership peer learning groups.
Tom is the founder of the RENOVATE National Church Revitalization Conference and leader of the RENOVATE Church Revitalization Coaching Network where he mentors pastors, churches, and Directors of Missions in Church Revitalization and Renewal. He serves as the National Host of the weekly Church Revitalization and Renewal Podcast as well as the Greater Orlando Adventures in Leadership Podcast. Dr. Cheyney has written over 5000 print or audio resources, guidebooks, or books for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders. His most recent book is Spin-Off Churches (B&H Publishers). Tom is a nationally recognized conference speaker and a frequent writer on church revitalization, church planting, new church health, and leadership development. Dr. Cheyney serves as an adjunct professor of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he teaches at the doctorial level for their Church Revitalization and Church Planting seminars.
Dr. Cheyney has a goal to bring back to health 75 churches and plant an additional 150 new churches through GOBA’s churches in the next fifteen years. He has a desire to plant 1,825 across the state of Florida within the next 20 years. This past year GOBA planted 15 new churches with its church partners.
RENOVATE National Church Revitalization Conference is an annual experience for churches and church leaders, which need assistance in the area of revitalization. Our Lord loves the local New Testament Church and it is His desire to see it grow! The need for Church Revitalization has never been greater in the Western Hemisphere! An estimated 177,000 Protestant churches in America have an average attendance of less than 100 hundred. Research data tells us that in the United States more than 80% of the churches have plateaued or are declining. Each and every week we are currently seeing somewhere between fifty and seventy-five local churches closing their doors never to reopen them again. Everything that must be done in the area of church revitalization cannot be accomplished in a few hours on the Lord’s Day! In North America there are 3,000 – 4,000 churches started yearly. At the same time there are 7,000 – 8,000 churches closing their doors annually. Something must be done!
The RENOVATE National Church Revitalization Conference seeks the development of Church Revitalizers committed to the work of revitalizing and renewing churches and church leaders. Key renewal dialogues considering the need for church revitalization and how to integrate church revitalization into the local church takes place during these crucial three annual days of collaboration.
RENOVATE National Church Revitalization Conference provides a national platform and delivery network for advocating the need for church revitalization. We seek to spotlight significant practioners and leaders in church renewal. This multi-denominational conference is designed to connect, inspire, equip and challenge church revitalizers.
Mark Weible works with the Greater Orlando Baptist Association as the Church Planting Director. He joined the GOBA team in 2002. He previously served as an associate director of missions, pastor, radio station operations manager, youth pastor, and children’s home house parent, all in Texas.
Mark’s certifications include: Executive Coach, Church Planter Assessor, Natural Church Development Coach, Biblical DISC Practitioner, Core Values Index Super User, and Lead Like Jesus Facilitator. Mark is also a Search Engine Optimizer and Google AdWords specialist. He is the author of Fishing On The Other Side: A Guide To Being The Church In The Digital Age. Mark is married to Tammy and they have four children; three boys and one girl.