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3827 West Ogden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60623
Senior Pastor: Wayne "Coach" Gordon
Denomination: Non-Denominational
The Church of Good Deeds
Lawndale puts the "community" in "community church." It sits on a busy street in a battered Chicago neighborhood. You can easily miss the church driving by. But you can't possibly miss its impact.

There's the Lawndale Health Center, Lawndale's Hope House, Lou Malnati's Lawndale Pizzeria, all of which serve to improve the state of the neighborhood and the fate of its people: their health, recovery, and re-entry into the workforce, respectively. (And all slightly--and smartly--branded to the church.)

The service itself was a blast: great music, people sharing their personal stories, and a decent sermon by Lawndale's de facto leader, Coach Gordon, who sat not on a big stage under giant spotlights, but on a small wooden platform in the center of a room that could hold maybe 400 people max.

Yes, I'm biased: I like seeing bands play their own music in small venues rather than watching American Idol; I like movies that emphasize good dialog over special effects; I like almost anything where substance trumps style.

That's why I like Lawndale. As far as I can tell Jesus' message was not "build large churches... get into politics... go on TV... get rich." But "do I as do... love God... love your brother."

And, again, as far as I can tell, those weren't opinions Jesus had: they were commands for all who follow him. And Lawndale seems to be heeding those commands.

Matt Casper
April 15, 2007, 4:09pm


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