Five Reasons Why Pastors Are Getting Fired Because Of Their Social Media Posts

“It’s not fair I lost my job,” the pastor told me. “My church members post a lot worse things than I do on social media. It’s a double standard.” He’s right. It is a double...

Ten Tough Pieces Of Advice Pastors Have Trouble Receiving

The last thing pastors need is someone to offer them advice. I know. They receive “advice” every day of the week. Some of it is well intended. Some of it is not. All of it cumulatively is overwhelming. It is...

What Every Pastor Wishes His Worship Leader Knew

A few weeks ago, one of our leaders asked me to come speak to a group of worship interns, telling them “everything I thought pastors wanted worship leaders to know.” When I agreed to do it, I though...

15 Ways You Can Encourage Your Pastor Today

When I wrote my second book 5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them, I surveyed over 2,000 pastors through LifeWay Research and through an online survey through Christianity Today. In the CT survey,...

20 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Pastor

Let’s cut the fluff and get real for a moment. Being a pastor is incredibly difficult. The church is often guilty of only painting a picture of the wonderful blessings of being called to ministry—like it only gets bet...

The Top Ten Sources Of Discouragement For Pastors

“Is this valley I am going through normal for pastors?” The question came to me directly from a pastor who was relatively new to his church. He was surprised how abruptly discouragement hit him. More th...

You’re The Pastor Of A Church. Speak Out Or Not On These Cultural Hot Potatoes?

“Man, who made me your judge?  Take heed and beware of covetousness.  A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses.”  –Our Lord, when asked to...

Ten Ways To Bring Joy To Your Pastor

In some ways, I don’t like the official designation of October to be pastor appreciation month. I really wish we showed appreciation to pastors all the time. But like many other points of recognition, it does serve a...

Things Impossible For Most Pastors To Do

“One can’t believe impossible things,” said Alice to the White Queen. “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half...

8 Vital Instructions For Every Pastor And Church Leader

If you’re a pastor or ministry leader, you can’t help but be drawn to the first and second letters of the Apostle Paul to his young apprentice, Timothy. Every time I read through them, my heart burns...