4 Health Hacks For Ministry Couples

4 Health Hacks For Ministry Couples

A close pastor friend my age recently asked me for advice on staying physically healthy. Unfortunately, many pastors need some help in this area. Jayson Byassee, a former pastor and co-author of Faithful and Fractured: Responding to the Clergy Health Crisis, says...

4 COVID Takeaways For Pastors

4 COVID Takeaways For Pastors

We are all understandably eager to look ahead to the post-COVID world we have all been longing for. Oklahoma Baptist Convention, where I serve, met with small groups of pastors in March at about 10 locations around the state to hear how they are doing, as well as what...

What Is A Pastor’s #1 Task?

What Is A Pastor’s #1 Task?

Is the Great Commission really our most important task? I have always heard that it is "the main thing" - but now I am not so sure.  Although both the Great Commission and the Great Commandments are important, according to Jesus they aren’t equally important. A scribe...

4 Reasons Soul Care Is Strategic

4 Reasons Soul Care Is Strategic

Pastors and ministry leaders, you are to be commended for leading your people through the valley of the shadow of COVID for almost a year. At this point in the pandemic, many of you are showing signs of ministry fatigue, which is somewhat inevitable, but also...

4 Ways To Avoid Ministry Fatigue

4 Ways To Avoid Ministry Fatigue

Did God know that we would be leading our churches through this toxic season of politics, protests, and a pandemic? He not only knew, He called and equipped us for this challenge. While tough seasons of ministry are inevitable for every generation, never have I seen...

Viable Church Options For Winter

Viable Church Options For Winter

Although all of us are eager to move on to a post-COVID season of life (it will come!), there are a few viable ways your church can still pivot well this Winter in light of recent spikes and upcoming holidays.   The more optimistic among us are expecting the COVID-19...

Is Anger Always A Bad Thing?

Is Anger Always A Bad Thing?

It seems like even the most positive of pastors are getting salty these days—and who can blame them after pastoring through an endless cycle of catastrophes for a solid six months? Our frustration is growing because we are unable to fully understand, explain, or fix...

Making More COVID Lemonade

Making More COVID Lemonade

Like you, I’m tired of talking about that stupid virus. We are all ready to move on with our lives and ministries, but before we do, let’s take stock of some of the sovereign surprises we have seen this spring and summer. What are some of the COVID lemons that church...

I’m Not Sure What To Do About Racial Issues

I’m Not Sure What To Do About Racial Issues

Can I be honest and admit that I'm never sure what to say or do when cultural chaos ensues? I don’t typically shake my fist or point my finger at every news update, but when sinful, systemic racism and/or injustice takes center stage, men and women of God need to...

Does Your Pastor Need A Support Team?

Does Your Pastor Need A Support Team?

While everyone wants a healthy pastor who lives and serves with integrity, some church leaders are in a strategic position to help their pastor stay above reproach. My last church created a Pastoral Support Team to help me to lead my life, family, and ministry well....

My Simple Quarantine Routine

My Simple Quarantine Routine

The Gospel is the good news about the finished work of Jesus, yet a pastor’s work never seems to be finished – especially during a crisis. Pastors and ministry leaders have been in a hard ministry sprint for over a month, and we are tired. This season has brought both...

Ideas For Reopening Our Churches

Ideas For Reopening Our Churches

There are two pressing questions on the minds of pastors and church leaders today: When should we reopen? How can we reopen safely? This week the Oklahoma Baptist team I am honored to serve with curated several ideas from pastors in live meetings of 10 or less, as...

4 Things Our Children Will Remember About COVID-19

4 Things Our Children Will Remember About COVID-19

Watergate television updates in 1972 were nothing more than interruptions to my cartoons. As a seven year old, I remember wondering how the whole White House got flooded in the first place. Children are not supposed to feel the weight of the world, much less...

4 Mistakes To Avoid During This Pandemic

4 Mistakes To Avoid During This Pandemic

Caregivers who are experiencing Coronafatigue could use some practical encouragement right about now. It doesn't take long to get caught up in the whirlwind as we play wack-a-mole to family and church challenges that we have never faced before. Here are four of the...

3 Lame Reasons Spouses Stop Dating

3 Lame Reasons Spouses Stop Dating

Most of us heard the familiar “leave” and “cleave” passage at our weddings. The term cleave literally means “to pursue hard” - which is how every marriage will grow through the various seasons of our lives.  “A man leaves his father and mother and bonds/cleaves with...

4 Resolutions You MUST Make in 2020

4 Resolutions You MUST Make in 2020

What if this year you made life-changing New Years’ resolutions instead of a bunch of lame ones that you will eventually blow off?  Some pastors are resolution rebels who discourage others from making any resolutions by pointing out the high rate of failure. They are...

4 Ways To Blow Your Ministry Exit At Retirement

4 Ways To Blow Your Ministry Exit At Retirement

I have several pastor friends who are looking down the barrel of retirement. Some are fearlessly excited about their next chapter of life and ministry. Some are flat out frightened by the whole idea of leaving the pastorate. All of us want to finish strong one day...

Thanking God For Future Blessings

Thanking God For Future Blessings

As Janet and I are packing up our metro Nashville house in preparation for our move from Nashville to Tulsa, we are also preparing emotionally for the next chapter of our life and ministry. Moving evokes in us both grief and joy simultaneously...grief over who and...

OKLAHOMA!

OKLAHOMA!

In November I am starting a new chapter of ministry in Oklahoma as the Director of Pastoral Development & Regional Ministry Partner for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. For those who want to know a little bit more, keep reading.  LifeWay  Five...