Ep 56: Mark Dance

On today’s episode, Jeremy interviews Dr. Mark Dance, from LifeWay Pastors. Mark and Jeremy discuss transitioning to non-local-church ministry, pastors needing pastors, pastors quitting, pastoral tenure, and trends in pastoral ministry.
Mark and Janet Dance are college sweethearts and native Texans who have been married for 28 years and live near Nashville, TN. Mark launched a new division at LifeWay Christian Resources called LifeWay Pastors in 2014 to help pastors win at home and church. Mark served as the Sr Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Conway, Arkansas from 2001-2014. During his ministry at 2BC, the church completed a historic relocation, while repurposing its former downtown campus into an evangelical ministry center which hosts a dozen weekly ministries. Mark earned a business degree (BBA) from Howard Payne University, an MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a DMin from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His love of missions has led him to more than two dozen countries.
  1. You, under Thom Rainer’s leadership, began LifeWay Pastors. What is this ministry?
  2. You recently transitioned from being a pastor for decades to serving at LifeWay. What is it like to transition to a non-local-church ministry?
  3. Why do you think pastors need pastors?
  4. You recently wrote an article that created a lot of buzz. It was entitled, “Pastors Are Not Quitting in Droves.” What was the premise behind that?
  5. You’ve pastored multiple churches for 10+ years. What are your thoughts on the current state of pastoral tenure?
  6. I’m sure that from time-to-time you come across pastors who are wanting to move (for whatever reason). What do you say to them or ask them?
  7. What are some trends you’re seeing in pastoral ministry?

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