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...

My Spiritual Growth Plan for 2018

My Spiritual Growth Plan for 2018

If your spiritual fitness plan for 2018 resembles your physical fitness plan, do you think the results will be any more favorable or less predictable? This is not a trick question, nor should it be a complicated one. Every pastor and leader intends on growing each...

Christmas Eve Is Gospel Go Time!

Christmas Eve Is Gospel Go Time!

For pastors and church members who care about their unsaved friends and family - Christmas is Gospel go time! Church members, I want to encourage you to boldly invite your friends and family to Christmas Eve services this Sunday. You might be pressured to skip out...

What Is The Best Ministry Title To Use?

What Is The Best Ministry Title To Use?

What do people call you at church? Does it really matter to you, to them or to God? Titles seem to be more important to the modern church than they were to the first century church. For example, consider how the Apostle Paul typically introduces himself (and his team)...