8 Tips to Help You Disciple Your Kids

8 Tips to Help You Disciple Your Kids

Guest post by Brian Dembowczyk  My oldest son, Joshua, took up soccer this past spring and will continue this fall. My wife and I have really enjoyed watching him play, and even as a beginner at the age of 12, he seems like he has the temperament, body frame, and...

What Promises Did You Make At Your Wedding?

What Promises Did You Make At Your Wedding?

In a couple of months Janet and I are going to Europe to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. She has earned this trip! In an unapologetic effort to rack up even more marriage points, I will start a new 4 week sermon series this Sunday called VOWS in the church I...

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...

Why Shouldn’t God Answer My Prayer?

Why Shouldn’t God Answer My Prayer?

by Janet Dance Life is good right now but my heart still aches for a certain prayer request. It is very personal to me and it definitely lines up with God’s Will. I pray daily but some days my prayers sound more like this, “WHY? No really, WHY? This seems so obvious,...

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...

4 Tips to Staying Healthy On the Road

4 Tips to Staying Healthy On the Road

I quickly gained ten pounds when I started working for LifeWay because I did not know how to stay healthy on the road. No matter how much progress I made between trips, it seemed like I was doomed to failure while away from home. Here are four of the tips I learned...

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...

Churchoholics Anonymous

Hi, my name is Mark Dance and I am a churchoholic. Although I take partial responsibility for my addiction, it would be remiss and cowardly of me to not place most of the blame on my parents and my childhood pastor. My parents are at fault for raising me in the...

Stop Saying YES So Quickly

I have a problem with overcommitment. I used to say “yes” to almost every ministry opportunity that came my way for these reasons:I love God and want to use the gifts he gave me.I love his bride and enjoy helping her leaders thrive.I need to be needed and thrive on...

Are You a Church Party Pooper?

Each weekend, around 400,000 churches in the U.S. celebrate our risen Lord. I hate to say it, but every party has at least one party-pooper. Seems like somebody is gonna have a cow each Sunday in your church. Hopefully not you.The resurrection of Lazarus was cause for...