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First person: 9 things I’d like to see continue in churches in the ‘new normal’
May16

First person: 9 things I’d like to see continue in churches in the ‘new normal’

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was first published on chucklawless.com Only God knows what the “new normal” is going to look like in churches when we regather over the next several months. Nevertheless, here are some things I hope will continue: Online meetings.We’ll still need to meet in person at times, but we can accomplish a lot of meetings without requiring people to leave their homes. This approach will likely help laity...

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In the COVID-19 crisis, 10 prayers I need to pray more
Apr07

In the COVID-19 crisis, 10 prayers I need to pray more

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was previously featured on chucklawless.com. This Coronavirus crisis has been challenging to everyone. As I think about my community in Wake Forest, N.C., I’m reminded that I need to pray for these needs—needs for which I don’t pray enough: For spouses and children in abusive situations. We don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, but my guess is that the stress of this crisis will lead to...

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Nine ‘withouts’ that get in the way of a growing church
Jul02

Nine ‘withouts’ that get in the way of a growing church

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was previously featured on chucklawless.com. I’m accustomed to thinking about things we need to do to lead a church to growth. What I don’t often think about is the focus of this post: “withouts” that hinder church growth. Let me know your thoughts about these “withouts.” 1. Preaching without the Bible. Preaching without the Word may result in increased attendance, but it won’t grow a healthy...

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8 reasons why pastors need to serve in the nursery or preschool for a Sunday
Apr30

8 reasons why pastors need to serve in the nursery or preschool for a Sunday

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was previously featured on chucklawless.com. I’ve served as a pastor, and I fully understand our desire to preach every Sunday. Few of us want to give up our pulpit. At the same time, I think most of us don’t think much about taking a Sunday off to serve in the nursery or preschool department. I want to change that thinking. Here’s why: 1. It’s good for you to spend time with the little ones. They...

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10 church diseases
Mar05

10 church diseases

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 fellowship), and the list itself challenges readers to come up with their own descriptions. Here are 10 diseases I see as I consult with unhealthy churches around the country: 1. Community Disconnect Disease. Churches with this...

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