Resources by Adam McClendon

Adam McClendon, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is the Lead Pastor at Springhill Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri and the Director of New Line Ministries. He is also the author of Paul's Spirituality in Galatians.

Oct 28, 2016

Worthy of Honor by Adam McClendon

God is worthy and due our honor and glory.

Apr 21, 2016

Why We Do Membership Interviews by Adam McClendon

Here are three reasons to conduct membership interviews with everyone seeking to join your church.

Oct 14, 2016

Why Multigenerational Community Matters by Adam McClendon

Be humble and open to correction from those inside and outside your peer group.

Aug 13, 2015

The High Places by Adam McClendon

All of this makes me wonder:  If a king doing "what is right in the eyes of the Lord" could miss such blatant idolatry . . . couldn’t I? 

Jan 30, 2016

The Enemy Within by Adam McClendon

I don’t “have to” read my Bible every day, I need to.

May 26, 2016

Teaching Our Children God-Honoring Sexuality by Adam McClendon

Engaging our children in healthy, God-honoring conversations about sexuality is less about "keeping up with culture", and more about learning to set the pace.

Oct 5, 2015

Spiritual Amnesia by Adam McClendon

I come to church and remember how awesome God is, how wonderful my salvation is, and how glorious heaven is, and then, after leaving, I act like my world is falling apart at the first hint of difficulty. 

Nov 28, 2015

Proven Savior by Adam McClendon

He frustratingly questioned, “If all this is Bible stuff is true, why won’t God just prove that he is real!? Why won’t God just prove he loves me!?”

Aug 22, 2015

Prepare for the After-Show by Adam McClendon

A desire exists to be famous and live for the applause of others despite reality showing us that the applause does not satisfy. Nor does the applause last.

May 12, 2015

Preaching When Distressed by Adam McClendon

Distractions of all forms hit pastors. These distractions are circumstances that burden the pastor’s heart to such an extent that it threatens their ability to properly prepare for preaching the Bible faithfully.

Aug 11, 2016

Politics, Propaganda, and Practicing What We Preach by Adam McClendon

Throughout the Scriptures, believers are challenged to respond to society in a way reflective of the amazing love and grace we have received from God, while not allowing thoughts of self-preservation to dictate the ways in which we interact with our culture.

Dec 28, 2016

Parenting for a Spiritual Legacy - Part 2 by Adam McClendon

These 4 recommendations will help you create a culture of discipleship in your home.

Dec 21, 2016

Parenting for a Spiritual Legacy - Part 1 by Adam McClendon

Your spiritual legacy and that which you impress within the life of your children will be influenced by these four areas

Jun 28, 2016

On Leadership and Maintaining Moral Authority by Adam McClendon

Moral integrity helps to gain respect and influence in our culture; however, when our moral authority is compromised it undercuts our influence and our ability to lead effectively.

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Adam McClendon

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Adam McClendon

What is the one thing you would say to the new pastor?

Series: One Thing

"What is the one thing you would say to the new pastor?"

Aug 9, 2015

More Than Sovereign by Adam McClendon

Is God good?  As I reflected upon this question, I had a decision to make.  If the answer was “yes,” then that answer had to hold even if God allowed my child to die.

Nov 6, 2015

Ministering Through the Desert by Adam McClendon

I don’t recall struggling consistently with depression before I entered the ministry.

Mar 16

Living to Honor, Not to Earn by Adam McClendon

My friends, let us be a church that savors, promotes, and clings to grace. 

Jan 26

Leading Meetings with Humility by Adam McClendon

As we acknowledge the need to lead humbly, what does godly, humble leadership look like in the day-to-day?

Apr 27

Jesus and the Broken-Hearted by Adam McClendon

Our response to Jesus will often be proportionate to our understanding of the egregiousness of our sin.

Jun 14, 2015

I'm Not Nervous (and That's Not Bad) by Adam McClendon

I regularly hear conference speakers claim that if someone isn’t nervous before they stand up to declare the words of God then something is wrong.  I'm not sure this is right.

Jul 28, 2016

Illustrating the Truth by Adam McClendon

illustrations are often a critical part of preaching and can help crystalize truth. However, illustrations that are not developed or used well can actually distract or mislead from the truth and, in some cases, call your credibility into question.

May 5, 2015

I Bought a Nice Sofa - Then I Repented by Adam McClendon

Seeking to leverage ministry for comfort goes against the grain of the ministry picture in the New Testament.

Mar 1

How to Leave a Church by Adam McClendon

If you are a leader and you’ve led them thus far, lead them further by giving them some space to plan, pray, and get collected. 

Nov 14, 2015

Guiding Light by Adam McClendon

Peter introduces his letter to God’s chosen people with a glimpse of the front porch light.

Jul 21, 2016

God, Creation, and Homosexual Desire by Adam McClendon

For the believer committed to upholding the authority of God's Word, seemingly inherent desires never justify a choice to sin. The real issue at the heart of the matter is the answer to the question: “Which matters most to me, the way I feel or what God says?”

Jul 12, 2016

Found Hope by Adam McClendon

God never leaves his child behind.  He promises to recover them all and see them safely to their heavenly hope.

Jun 9, 2015

Fast Forward by Adam McClendon

The better the ending the less necessary the tension. When I know something will end well, I don’t have to fret as much in the middle.

Feb 13

Do You Pray For Your Competitors? by Adam McClendon

What if we refused to be threatened by our sister churches and instead committed to pray for them?

Mar 9

Confrontational Love by Adam McClendon

A community that lives with love enough to both provide and receive gentle rebukes from one another makes for an incredible family.

Apr 18

Checking Our Compassion Gauges by Adam McClendon

Let us be radically compassionate because of the radical compassion we have richly received from Jesus.

Jan 22, 2016

Blind to My Blessings by Adam McClendon

So, I was off to a great morning to jog and talk to the Lord.  As I began to jog and pray, I became pretty convicted of all that I take for granted.

Oct 30, 2015

A Word of Caution from John 16 by Adam McClendon

Let us listen to wisdom and grow in grace and knowledge as we seek to be the community that God intended for us to be.

Dec 26, 2015

A Signaling Savior by Adam McClendon

Our present difficulties do not dismiss God’s future promises.

Jan 15, 2016

A Rebuke That Changed Me by Adam McClendon

What helped reenergize my passion and joy for ministry? A 14-year-old blessed daughter with a righteous perspective.

Jun 20, 2015

A Privileged People by Adam McClendon

Circumstances may currently be tough, but they are temporary.  On the other side of this life, a future glory awaits.  Don’t forget that.

Apr 7, 2016

A Praying Church by Adam McClendon

God has called his church to live in a constant conversation seeking him in the midst of all things at all times.

Jun 7, 2016

A Jealous God

Devotional Thoughts from Exodus 34:14

God’s pronouncement that He will not share his affections with false gods stands the test of time, bridging the gap between the Israelites and present-day believers. 

May 9, 2015

A Grace-Defined Future by Adam McClendon

While the fullness of that plan will not be experienced until Jesus returns and establishes the fullness of his Kingdom, God in his grace often allows some of the blessings of our promised future to splash over the rim of the present so that we get a glimpse of what is to come.

Nov 19, 2015

A Distorted Vision of Self in the Face of Ahaz by Adam McClendon

As I piously read Ahaz’s failure, I began to ponder how we in the church, all too often, act similarly in resorting to the ways of the word while ignoring God’s promises.

Jun 15, 2015

Adam McClendon on Counseling Troubled Marriages

What should pastors remember in counseling those in troubled marriages?

What should pastors remember in counseling those in troubled marriages?

Jun 16, 2015

Adam McClendon on Counseling Porn Use by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations

FTC.CO asks Dr. Adam McClendon, "What should pastors remember in counseling those dealing with porn use?"

Jun 28, 2015

AAA Leadership by Adam McClendon

Learning from the biblical Aaron’s missteps continues to be a helpful marker for me and leads me to think about a practical three-step process to keep my leaders from self-sabotage

Jan 12

8 Important Things About the Young Timothy by Adam McClendon

Feel you aren’t useful? Need a reminder of God’s methodology? God uses the willing. God uses the available. God uses the weak.

Aug 29, 2015

5 Christian Lifehacks - Debunked by Adam McClendon

The desire for instant gratification has also crept into the church to combine with this self-gratifying approach to the spiritual life. As a result, we often want an instant spirituality that results in comfort.