Why Pastors Should Practice Favoritism

Why Pastors Should Practice Favoritism

Early in my first pastorate I was advised to avoid favoritism by treating all of my church members exactly the same. It took me several years to root this ministry myth out of my system. Like any myth, there is a seed of truth within it. The dark side of favoritism is...

Discerning Your Next Ministry Move

Discerning Your Next Ministry Move

Some of you may be worried that I am writing this post to you or about you. Yes, I definitely am. We all have a call to follow and want to hear clearly from God. This time of year in particular is flush with requests for resumes and recommendations. Perhaps it is...

Four Father’s Day Ideas to Avoid

Four Father’s Day Ideas to Avoid

How can pastors honor dads without embarrassing them on Father’s Day? I’ve asked that same question for thirty Father’s Days and am preparing now for June 17. I really want your feedback on some ideas to implement, but first I will share four of my worst ideas you may...

4 Reasons Perfectionism Doesn’t Belong in the Pastorate

4 Reasons Perfectionism Doesn’t Belong in the Pastorate

Admit it, sometimes ministry is more frustrating than fun. What if the person who robs you most of the joy of ministry is you? Perfectionism has robbed me blind over the years for several reasons. Although I still struggle with it, the freedom I have in Christ has...

What Is a Pastor Date Night?

What Is a Pastor Date Night?

This article about our Pastor Date Nights was written by Aaron Wilson for LifeWay's employee newsletter. One of Mark Dance’s jobs at LifeWay involves dating his wife. These romantic evenings usually include flowers, fine dining, and a shared conversation with at least...

3 Ways Not To Ruin Easter

3 Ways Not To Ruin Easter

Each year I am tempted to allow Easter to sneak past me without taking time to really enjoy it. That probably sounds strange since it seems like everyone else enjoys Easter: parents, kids, church members - even the unchurched to a degree. Even though the resurrection...

Protecting Yourself From Piranhas

Protecting Yourself From Piranhas

Piranhas are predatory fish that eat other fish. They look like most other fish, except for their scary teeth. This morning I am thinking about some of the church bullies I have pastored in the last thirty years and am wondering how I could have responded better to...

A Candid Response to the New Pastors’ Spouse Survey

A Candid Response to the New Pastors’ Spouse Survey

When the new LifeWay Research study on pastor's spouses came out last fall, I asked my wife Janet for feedback the results since she has been a pastor’s wife for 30 years, and a pastor’s daughter her whole life. Janet also speaks to approximately 1,500 pastor’s wives...

My 7 Most Productive Habits

My 7 Most Productive Habits

Anyone who wants to be productive needs a good plan. Last week I shared my seven least productive habits, so today I will show how I have turned those same bad habits into better ones. Prioritizing My Texts Give yourself permission to answer texts eventually instead...

My 7 Least Productive Habits

My 7 Least Productive Habits

I get distracted very easily, so to get things done efficiently and enthusiastically, I need a good plan, which I will share next week’s post: My 7 Most Productive Habits. Today I want to share seven of my LEAST productive habits, because failures are much more fun to...