Chuck Lawless

Created on Friday, 18 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Easter, Resurrection Sunday, Jesus, truths, Christian leaders, prayer, hope, second chance, reconciliation, vigor, teaching, passion, Bible, the Word, communication
This coming Sunday, Christians around the world will celebrate Easter—perhaps better understood as “Resurrection Sunday.” Some believers will celebrate with meals and family get-togethers. Some will gather ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Chuck Lawless, pastors, churches, Resurrection Sunday, guests, spies, website, greeters, building, impression, sign, services, foyer, guest welcome center, fellowship
Last year, I published a blog post titled "Eight Confessions of Church Spies," a summary report from the “spies” our church consulting team, the Lawless Group, has used over the years. As we approach the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, longings, lusts, leaders, driven, dreams, thirsts, attitude, passionate, James, idol, problem, pleasure, power, recognition, wealth, stuff
Leaders are, by their very nature, driven people. Always there are more goals to reach, more dreams to fulfill, more thirsts to quench. That attitude is part of what makes them leaders. Leaders are simply ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Chuck Lawless, options, leader, ministry, improvement, degree, seminar, class, obedience, Jesus, clarity, relevance, communicate, gospel, non-believers, sensitivity, invest, release, accountability, ...
You have many options to strengthen your ministry: Read a book. Attend a conference. Talk to another leader. Take a class, or earn another degree. Listen to a podcast. Watch a web seminar. All of these ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Chuck Lawless, memorize, scripture, John 3:16, Bible, Word of God, believers, Jesus, model, power, temptation, heart, sin, hiding, rebukes, garbage, mission field
I still remember the first Bible verses I memorized, even though I memorized them decades ago (and in the King James Version, for that matter): “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Chuck Lawless, LifeWay, church, documents, bulletin, calendar, by-laws, unsaved, members, local congregations, classes, discipleship, mentoring, budget, ministry programs, missions support
I love working with local congregations. As I consult with churches, I learn so much by visiting the church, listening to the staff and interviewing members. Nothing can fully take the place of spending ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Christmas eve, childhood, memories, Santa, Grandpa, stuff, Christ, Bethlehem, God of Christmas, eternity
I’m 52 years old, but I remember well the Christmas eves of my childhood. Our grandpa spent the night with us, and he always slept on the couch in the living room. We needed him there to open the front ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Chuck Lawless, team members, effectiveness, church, God, obedience, ministry, leadership, humility, word-saturated, brokenness, prayer, dependability, holiness, risk taker, integrity, teachabili
I love the way God puts His church together. In an amazing way, He gives us brothers and sisters who serve alongside us, model obedience, pray for us and challenge us to lead them faithfully. God allows ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, Body, leaders, adjustment, attitude, Holy Spirit, family, worship, members, gifts, significant, attention, diversity, role, serve
Several times, the apostle Paul wrote about the church as the “body of Christ” (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:12; Col. 1:24). While this image is only one of dozens of images of the church in the New ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, character, boldness, Christ-likeness, godly, leader, Charles Spurgeon, the Word, priority, personal life, prayer, DNA, accountability, Kingdom, genuineness, urgency, speech, mento
This blogpost was not easy to compose. Writing about godliness is never easy, for to do so is to imply you’ve figured out how to walk in holiness. I make no such claim here. I struggle like everyone else ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, leaders, spiritual attack, enemy, Satan, Apostle Paul, Jerusalem, others, neglect, caregivers, spiritual disciplines, ministry activity, power, failure, little sins, Charles Spurgeon, ...
New Testament writers warn us again and again about the reality of spiritual attack. The Apostle Paul, a leader extraordinaire, challenged believers to wear the full armor of God (Eph. 6:11), being ever ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 / Education
Tags: Chuck Lawless, LifeWay Resources, dean, professor, continuing education, mentor, graduates, growth, Christian life, learn, humility, theological issues
I admit my bias here. I am a seminary dean and professor, and I believe in education. Students help to pay my salary. They have become my friends, my mentees, my children in the faith. Graduates make me ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, guests, blindness, survey, Chuck Lawless, grade, mystery guests, perceptions, real experiences, reality, slippage, relationships, feedback, positive
In my blog, I have referred many times to my days of church consultation, particularly those experiences where we sent one of our consultants to be a first-time guest in a church. He or she would return ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Chuck Lawless, diseases, churches, unhealthy, community disconnect, methodological arthritis, grass is greener syndrome, professional wrestling sickness, program nausea, baby believer malady, theological ...
In the 1990s, Peter Wagner published The Healthy Church, a book describing several diseases that churches sometimes exhibit. Some of his descriptions are quite helpful (e.g., koinonitis = excessive, inward ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Chuck Lawless, enemy, attack, leader, self-reliance, devotional life, family, email relationships, sexual sin, loneliness, weakness, evangelism, comparison
For more than 15 years, I have studied the biblical reality of spiritual warfare. Many of my writings (e.g., Discipled Warriors, Putting on the Armor) address this topic that evangelicals have often neglected. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, spies, confessions, websites, boring, friendliness, facilities, guests, preparation, children, protection, music, worship, preaching
Have you ever thought that a guest at your church might, in fact, be a spy? My church consulting company uses church “spies” to help us evaluate how churches respond to guests. Our spies are “good” spies, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 / Prayer
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church leaders, struggle, prayer, fixers, ritual, relationship, broken, Word, hope, gospel, Jesus
John, a leader in a church I assisted as a consultant, admitted to me what I’d heard before from seminary students and church leaders alike: “Dr. Lawless, I don’t always pray like I should. I know better, ... [ +++ ]
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