How to Become a 4 Generation Church

How to Become a 4 Generation Church

What does an ideal church look like in your mind? My version has the perfect blend of four generations, like most nuclear families do. A 4G church will have great-grandparents and toddlers loving each other without any trace of pretense. If your church is a magnet for...

What Is Legit Discipleship?

What Is Legit Discipleship?

This post may spark an argument in your next staff or leadership meeting. Hopefully, it will actually prevent one. I recently found myself pulled into a discussion with some discipleship pastors about what real discipleship is. The guys in that room believe...

6 Dangerous Marriage Myths

6 Dangerous Marriage Myths

Pastors are the only professionals on the planet who are required to win at home and work. Our job description has been clear about this for more than two millennia (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1). Our spouses and kids do not escape the pressure of the pastorate either. My...

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...