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Chuck Warnock

Chuck Warnock is pastor of Chatham Baptist Church in Chatham, Virginia. Chuck’s articles that have appeared on are available here, a netcast conversation about smaller church ministry featuring him is available here, and his Skype interview is available here. 1. Where did you grow up? Nashville, Tennessee. 2. What is your favorite Bible verse, […] Read More

Even though we are in the midst of a Christian publishing boom, writers often overlook their most obvious audience: their own congregations. I hate to break this news to all of us aspiring writers, but most of us are not going to write the next “Purpose-Driven Life,” “Love Wins” or any other best-seller. But why […] Read More

If you think the Supreme Court’s ruling on public prayer is an unqualified win for Christians, you might want to reconsider. On May 5, the United States Supreme Court ruled that “ceremonial” prayers opening government meetings do not violate the Constitution’s First Amendment. The justices split 5-4 into the familiar conservative versus liberal wings, with […] Read More

The more we’re online as a society, the less religious we are. According to MIT’s Technology Review, a new study by computer scientist Allen Downey of the Olin College of Engineering concludes, “Internet use decreases the chance of religious affiliation.” Downey’s study analyzed statistics from 9,000 respondents to the University of Chicago’s general social survey in 2010. […] Read More

Several years ago I predicted $5-per-gallon gas. Thankfully, we never got to that point. Despite my obvious fallibility, I’m framing my prognostications in the familiar “what’s in and what’s out” categories in sharing what I think (and hope) are “in” and “out” for 2014. 1.  Out: Celebrity Christians. In: Communities that model love for God […] Read More

I have read many articles on church outreach in my 30 years of ministry. I’ve even written a few myself. However, I have never read an article on the ethics of outreach. Maybe it’s time for a look at the ethics of outreach. Here’s why. In Hibbing, Minn., according to a report by KSMP-TV, a […] Read More

Multicultural churches are all the rage these days. Conferences are packed with pastors learning how to start a multicultural church or how to turn the churches they pastor into one. That long-overdue trend is welcomed because God is the God of diversity. In light of God’s call to reconciliation, churches ought to reflect the diversity […] Read More

If Reformation Sunday is about anything, it’s about big theology. Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli and John Knox loom large as veritable giants in the history of the church. These Reformers crafted big, new theologies to differentiate their beliefs from the dogma of the dominant Roman Catholic Church. We remain in their debt because […] Read More

Given that there are more small churches than mid- or large-sized churches, many pastors will eventually serve a small church. The small church was the topic for’s first live netcast. media producer Cliff Vaughn hosted the 11-minute netcast, which used Google “Hangout On Air” technology. Joining Vaughn for the discussion were Chuck Warnock, […] Read More

A live discussion on the topic of small churches will be “netcast” on next week. The show, the first of its kind for, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. ET. Using a relatively new technological platform from Google, called Hangouts On Air, will broadcast live, on its website, a […] Read More