3 Ways I Deal With Death

3 Ways I Deal With Death

The saying, “you win some you lose some,” hits close to home today. Today I celebrate my biggest win - 37 years ago today I asked Jesus to save my soul from sin and death. June 12 will always be my spiritual birthday and I am so glad I accepted His gift of eternal...

7 Things Pastors Wish Their Congregation Knew

7 Things Pastors Wish Their Congregation Knew

I’m going to tell you some things about your pastor that he will probably never tell you, but probably wants you to know. It may be presumptuous of me to speak on behalf of your pastor, but I think you will both benefit from my third party perspective. 1. Your pastor...

Calling a Ministry Timeout

Calling a Ministry Timeout

I just talked to a highly effective, yet exhausted pastor, who was looking for some ministry coaching on keeping a sustainable schedule. Most of my blog posts are inspired by questions like this from pastors, most of which applies to other busy leaders as well. This...

Update on Our Life & Ministry

Update on Our Life & Ministry

I often hear people say, “You sure travel a lot.”  I’m also asked, “Do you still like your job?” My life and schedule are full, but more importantly, very fulfilling. Thank you for standing with us in prayer as we serve pastors, spouses, and seminarians - and now a...

THE Secret to Church Growth

THE Secret to Church Growth

I like secrets, and I like growing the kingdom, so this verse recently grabbed my attention, The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. (‭‭Mark‬ ‭4:11‬‬) What pastor or church leader wants to overlook the secret sauce of church growth? LifeWay publishes...

Pastors’ Wives Rock!

Pastors’ Wives Rock!

Behind every decent pastor is an incredible pastor’s wife. Here are four of those women who have inspired me personally, plus a handful of others at the end of this post. I'm really curious as to who has inspired you personally. Shea Turner One of the best tributes I...

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 When...

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 for...