A Dangerous Game of Thrones

A Dangerous Game of Thrones

Jesus promised the original 12 disciples thrones from which to judge the tribes of Israel, and almost immediately they start itching to get in them. In their excitement they mistakenly told their friends and family. Jesus had just moments earlier predicted his trial,...

Pastors Are NOT Quitting In Droves

Pastors Are NOT Quitting In Droves

Each time a pastor prematurely exits the ministry race, I grieve. I also grieve each time I hear the awful pastor retention stats which are unsubstantiated and sometimes exaggerated. Here are a couple of examples of recent headlines and bylines from usually reliable...

Do Deacons Have Your Back?

Do Deacons Have Your Back?

Early in his ministry, a handful of deacons from First Baptist, Orlando came to Dr. Jim Henry’s home to pray for him. They told him, Anybody who comes after you has to come through us first. Dr. Henry later said, Those guys kept their word. Deacons have had my back...

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...