Are Our Pastors Being Discipled?

Are Our Pastors Being Discipled?

Discipleship is much easier to preach about than it is to practice. Pastors, like myself, are often more enthusiastic about making disciples than we are about being discipled. So, pastor, who is discipling you? Dr. Dan Garland is spot-on when he reminds pastors, “To...

Thank You For Cheering Us On!

Thank You For Cheering Us On!

You can count on one hand how many September days I will spend at home in September, but don't feel sorry for me - I love this ministry and this life! This month I have the privilege of serving pastors in New Mexico, Canada, and Maryland - much of it with my wife at...

Changing Our Posture Through Prayer

Changing Our Posture Through Prayer

A few months ago I was encouraged by an online video of Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear calling for prayer and “a new posture." I think this is an appropriate challenge to SBC pastors, as well as other tribes because God has called us to walk in a...

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...