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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 Monday, 07 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, church, lessons, puzzle, big picture, box, pieces, fit, Noah, boat, kingdom
My wife loves to put together jigsaw puzzles. I’m not patient enough to always help, but I do try as much as I can stand it. A couple of Sundays we were on the back porch and I was watching Georgie put ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 October 2013 / Children
Tags: Ron Edmondson, volunteering, church, nursery, kids ministry, ushers, bulletin, asking, sign up, simple, immediate, thankless role, difficulty
Do you need more preschool workers to serve children? Do you need more greeters to greet? Do you need more ushers to … ush? If so, you’re in familiar territory. I’ve never met a church that said, “You ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, youth ministry, choices, wisdom, ramifications, lessons, preparation, conversation
It was another average weekday. Shortly after arriving home from work, I’m routinely rifling through the pile of papers pulled from my second-grader’s backpack. Amid the assortment of math worksheets, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 September 2013 / Education
Tags: Artie Davis, Osama Bin Laden, United States, church, lesson, disaster plan, moral failure, communication, planned response
I was recently watching a History Channel special on the days of 9/11. They highlighted many of the issues and misconceptions they feel contributed to the disaster. I think the church could learn some ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 13 September 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, abrasive, Christian, God's Word, teacher, Apostle Paul, Peter, patience, gentleness, kindness, blessing, hindrance
This week, in Lynne Olson’s Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, I found this interesting depiction of Harold Ickes, a member of FDR’s cabinet during ... [ +++ ]
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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