Hi, and welcome to Confessions of a Small-Church Pastor — my blog for churches with up to 300 in attendance! I was selected by the editors of Outreach magazine in 2006, to write a post a week for 2007. Well, now it’s 2013, and a community of small-church friends has formed around this blog. You can read the story of what has happened here in our small church of about 100, by clicking on the About Our Church page.
Debbie and I were called to Chatham Baptist Church in Chatham, Virginia 9 years ago. We live in a old Victorian house on Main Street, which is a lot busier than you might think for a town of 1200. Debbie is an artist. Her blog, Goodthoughts, has photos of our house and gardens, plus Debbie’s art. She says we live a life of art, writing, and encouragement. I like that.
You can email me at chuckwarnock [at] gmail [dot] com.
Writing, Speaking, Conference Leadership
I was contributing editor for Outreach magazine from January, 2008 through June, 2011, and wrote the Small Church, Big Idea column for each issue.
I have also written for Leadership Journal, and other Christianity Today publications:
- Getting To Your Marketplace is the story of how we founded and grew a new church in Greensboro, NC.
- The Bowl of Hope tells about our success in revitalizing a wonderful United Methodist Church in Tennessee.
- Learn To Partner is in Leadership’s Spring 2007 issue. Christianity Today featured the article on their site here.
- ChristianityToday.com posted my article, Where Is God? about the shootings at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, where 33 faculty and students died.
- Outcomes magazine recently published my article on community collaboration.
I have done church consulting and led national conferences. Speaking and writing assigments include:
- The Billy Graham Schools of Evangelism at The Cove near Asheville, NC.
- The National Outreach Convention near San Diego for several years.
- The Thriving Rural Communities Initiative, a program of Duke University Divinity School.
- Keynote speaker for The City Mission of Cleveland, Ohio at their conference, “Building Without a Blueprint: Walking Alongside Others to Transform a City.”
- I wrote the chapter “Deacons Leading In Church Ministry” for the book, Deacons As Leaders, now in its 5th printing. Chapter 2 details how we formed and maintained an effective deacon ministry in the church we founded, Cornerstone Baptist.
- And now the obligatory disclaimer: Everything here is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted (although sometimes it should be). Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Chatham Baptist Church or any other organization. – Chuck