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Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, young, pastors, learner, church, stories, people, grandparents, children, patience, laughter, investment, ministry, apology, spouse, children, accountability, apathy
Last week, a friend asked me what general advice I would give to young church leaders. I'm sure this list is not complete, but here's a start: 1. Always be a learner. Degrees don't signal an end to learning. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Ministry Facilities
Tags: Chuck Lawless, building, facility, issues, main entrance, welcome center, paper signage, unsecured, children's area, windowless doors, clutter, dirty carpet, odors
I know the church is not a building. That is not to say, though, that the building is unimportant. A building says something about the congregation that gathers there; so, we need to pay attention to our ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, bivocational, ministry, serve, church, income, dependence, connected, non-believers, ministry, missions, missiology, delegate, train, laypersons, theological training, calling
"I didn't come to seminary to be a bivocational minister, to have to get another kind of job," my student told me. I may not have agreed with my student, but I did understand his thinking. Back then (almost ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pulpit, sermons, courage, pews, compromise, messenger of God, graciousness, wisdom, kindness, judgmental, withdrawal, flawed plans
"The Lord is for me; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Psalm 118:6. See also Heb. 13:5-6) I read that scripture-–especially the Hebrews 13:5-6 incarnation-–and smile.  Asking "what ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Chuck Lawless, expectant, reactive, Discipled Warriors, recognized vision, direction, fireman leaders, dollars, immobility, status quote, response, needs, prayer, technology, master plan, easily ...
The Bible is a story of expectations: an expected Messiah who would crush the serpent (Gen. 3:15), an expected people from Abram (Gen. 12:1-3), an expected new covenant (Jer. 31:31-34), an expected return ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rebuilding, old cars, preach, break, build, restored, reassembled, marriage, flawed perspective, transformed, actions, Jesus
I have a friend who is really into rebuilding old cars. It is an art form to take a rusted out car from the scrap heap or auction lot and restore it to better than new condition. He once told me that when ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, deadbeat, pastor, indecency, immorality, illegality, heresy, paycheck, lazy, church, demise, lay leadership, constitution, bylaws
Recently in this blog, we said pastors should be terminated abruptly if they are guilty of flagrant indecency, proven immorality, confirmed illegality, and serious heresy. Several friends wrote to ask ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, invitation, unchurched, failure, contact, rejection, music, worship, preaching, problems, crowded, challenge, conversation
Several years ago, more than one study showed large percentages of unchurched would consider attending a church if someone simply invited them. The problem is not the attitude of the unchurched; rather, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Chuck Lawless, churches, Great Commission, execute, walk, talk, language, biblical texts, commitment, task, ministers, missionaries, non-believers, lost, obedience, teach, transfer
In 17 years of doing church consulting, no church leader has said to me, "Our church really doesn't want to do the Great Commission." I've worked with many churches, however, that proclaim the Great Commission ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Gateway Church, Texas, Pastor Robert Morris, generous living, Lawrence Swicegood, Holy Spirit, multi-site campuses, The Blessed Life, Israel, Great Commission
... as lives are being changed and large numbers of people are being saved and baptized. Gateway, a multicampus church listed as the 24th fastest-growing church in America, began in 2000. It has since grown ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 May 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, pastor, former, Charles Spurgeon Center, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, eternal significance, Word, transformation, power, gospel
I served as a senior pastor for 14 years in Ohio prior to becoming a seminary professor in 1996. To be honest, I think often about those days. I realize the Lord has not placed me in the role of pastor ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: Chuck Lawless, ministry, immediately, improve, book, seminar, conference, talk, leader, class, degree, podcast, obedient, God, clarity, relevance, communication, gospel, non-believers, gospel se
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 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 Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: God, Joe McKeever, steal, tithes, offerings, embezzlement, pastors, jail, Paul Yonggi Cho, Barry Minkow, thefts, rationalizations, ministry, self-delusion, lawbreaking
... after his sin during the capture of Jericho. Achan confessed, “I saw the mantle and 200 shekels of silver and a bar of gold … I coveted them … I took them … I hid them” (Josh. 7:21, paraphrased). I saw, ... [ +++ ]
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 Monday, 30 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: George O. Wood, Great Commission, Assemblies of God, church planting, team, young people, schoolteachers, accountants, lawyers, business people, Jesus, apostles, Book of Acts, Paul
It takes everyone working together from all walks of life to carry out the Great Commission. As part of our AG church-planting initiative, we share our vision on college campuses, and we’ve had as many ... [ +++ ]
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