Pastors’ Hall of Fame

Pastors’ Hall of Fame

I recently attended an outdoor hall of fame banquet to celebrate the induction of a close friend. As several outdoor legends received well deserved recognition from peers and sponsors, the thought occurred to me that there is no equivalent event for pastors; at least...

Update On Our Family & Ministry

Update On Our Family & Ministry

Below is a short video update on our family and ministry. Thank you for praying for us as we serve pastors, spouses and seminarians. Also, thank you very much for subscribing to my blog posts! In 2019, you will get a brief, practical, and encouraging article and/or...

A Letter To My Younger Self

A Letter To My Younger Self

I have never written a letter to my younger self before today because the idea seemed impractical without a time machine. Then I considered how it might be helpful to a younger pastor. I took my first church in San Antonio in 1987. I was 22 years old, and, now at 54,...

Be An Encourager This Thanksgiving

Be An Encourager This Thanksgiving

Within the next five days, we will all reconnect with a lot of people in our lives. Janet and I will drive today from Nashville to my hometown of Tyler, Texas. We will celebrate Thanksgiving with my parents, siblings, and kids. Before we jump into the Dance family...

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...