Where Can Pastors Find New Friends?

Life and ministry are way too hard to do alone. Pastors and their spouses need to reject the notion that ministry is a sentence to solitary confinement. Here are a three places I have successfully found friends with whom I am sharing my life.   IN MY COMMUNITY...

Churchoholics Anonymous

Hi, my name is Mark Dance and I am a churchoholic. Although I take partial responsibility for my addiction, it would be remiss and cowardly of me to not place most of the blame on my parents and my childhood pastor. My parents are at fault for raising me in the...

Stop Saying YES So Quickly

I have a problem with overcommitment. I used to say “yes” to almost every ministry opportunity that came my way for these reasons: I love God and want to use the gifts he gave me. I love his bride and enjoy helping her leaders thrive. I need to be needed and thrive on...

Are You a Church Party Pooper?

Each weekend, around 400,000 churches in the U.S. celebrate our risen Lord. I hate to say it, but every party has at least one party-pooper. Seems like somebody is gonna have a cow each Sunday in your church. Hopefully not you. The resurrection of Lazarus was cause...

5 Legacy Lessons I Learned From Paul Powell

When my childhood pastor Paul W. Powell went to heaven just after Christmas, he left a few things behind for his family, friends, and preacher-boys. I am one of those boys, and have learned many things from Dr. Powell in the last 45 years. Here are the five lessons I...

LifeWay’s Worst Kept Secret

You have probably heard the rumor that LifeWay has updated the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). Last year this may have been the worst kept secret amongst our evangelical friends.   After preaching from the HCSB for a decade and reading this refreshed CSB...