Resources by Theme: Pastoral

May 27, 2015

The Pastor As Nursing Mother

Cultivating Gentleness in Ministry

This is not the image that most readily comes to mind when we think of pastoral ministry. Nobody flocks to pastor's conferences to learn about this. But it is incredibly important.

May 27, 2015

My Grandpa's Marriage Advice by Darrin Patrick

Most advice given about finding the “right person” to marry is about identifying a certain skill-set. Whether it’s a lasting legacy or a ticket to a comfortable lifestyle, the search becomes a matter of discovering what will be useful to achieve that goal. And this type of thinking is contrary to the gospel.

May 26, 2015

5 Jesus-Centered Truths For Evangelism by J.A. Medders

In evangelism, we’ll often talk about a variety of topics (suffering, faith, truth, etc.), but don’t forget that you are ultimately there to proclaim Christ. Always bring it back to Jesus. When I’m evangelizing, there are five truths I want to communicate about Jesus.

May 26, 2015

7 Questions to Answer Before Your Next Sermon by Jason K. Allen

I can overlook an essential element to the preaching process if I don’t intentionally pause and reflect upon the task at hand. These seven questions help me do just that.

May 25, 2015

Preach Like a Church Planter by Peyton Hill

No Sunday church gathering consists of believers alone. Yet, for most pastors of established churches, our tendency is to preach to the same people each week.

May 25, 2015

As It Gets Worse, It Cannot Get Desperate by Jared C. Wilson

Cheer up. The worst thing they can do is kill us

May 24, 2015

The Gospel for Spiritualists by A.D. Robles

The spiritualist needs the gospel of Jesus Christ for the same reason we all need it. We have already tried to be our own god and the result has been complete disaster.

May 23, 2015

Profile of a Church Planting Church, Part 3 by Robin D. Hadaway

After a year of teaching and a trip to Jerusalem by Paul and Barnabas to clarify the doc­trine of salvation concerning the Gentiles (commonly known as the Jerusalem Council), this almost 2-year-old church was ready to begin its mis­sion . . .

May 21, 2015

Introverts in the Dearest Place on Earth by Jared Musgrove

Both extroverts and introverts must do the work to see that those with the gift of introversion are a grace to God’s Church, so I have some considerations for my fellow introverted church members and the extroverts who love them.

May 21, 2015

Where Did All These Rappers-Turned-Pastors Come From? by Tony Shepherd

Many of us wondered why our favorite artists articulated a view of God so much bigger than our pastors. Many of us were using podcasts as a way to connect with pastors that preached the same glorious truths.  But still, many of us were functionally church orphans. And no movement, even Gospel-centered movements, can expect to be sustained apart from the local church.

May 20, 2015

For The Church Regional Conference: Matt Carter and Jared Wilson by Charles Smith

Matt Carter, Jared Wilson, and Charles Smith share some info on the upcoming For The Church conference luncheon at The 2015 Southern Baptist Convention.

May 20, 2015

Too Big Not To Fail by Jared C. Wilson

We think bigness is the way. We think bigness solves lots of problems. We think bigness is safety. We think we can get too big to fail. But it's the other way around.

May 20, 2015

Holiness as the Miracle of a Transformed Community by Jonny Woodrow

If we saw holiness as the miracle that it is, I think it would become a topic of conversation accompanied by joy, encouragement, and a sense of opportunity. It would lead to a renewed vision for the church in your neighbourhood.

May 20, 2015

What Should My Church Sing?

Part 2: Not In Me

The songs we sing in gathered worship should present an antidote to our pharisaical hearts. We need to sing songs that help us enter into the rest of Christ’s finished work.

May 18, 2015

The Dangers of Pastoral Entrepreneurship by Matt Svoboda

A spirit of professionalism is still a danger to pastor ministry, but I think we are seeing a new wave: a spirit of entrepreneurship.

May 16, 2015

Encouragement For The Aspiring Pastor by Mason Miller

Our value is not defined by our desired pastoral position. We matter whether we are there or not. Therefore, we have a role to play our current churches and in God's kingdom while we wait.

May 16, 2015

Leader, Who Do You Follow? by Neil Franks

One important principle of building trust is measured by how well you respond to criticism.

May 16, 2015

Epaphras' Example for Pastors Like You and Me by Steve Rahn

If I want Colossians 1:3-6 to be happening in our church, what kind of pastor do I have to be? What kind of pastor does God use to accomplish this kind of work?

May 15, 2015

The Rural Church Dilemma by Jim Elliff

What happens when the young seminarian or college ministerial student takes his first churches in these areas? And what should the committed rural pastor think about his church’s future?

May 15, 2015

Leading From The Murky Middle by Nathan Lino

If you are called and gifted to lead, you would do well to remember there are two points of reference set before you–the current reality and the future destination.

May 15, 2015

Beyond the Church Walls by Jeremy Rose

Pastors, explore the reasons for “why” and “what” and “how" of doing church with your people frequently. You may know the answers to the majority—if not all—of these questions, but that doesn't mean the people on mission with you do.

May 15, 2015

Letters to a New Believer, Part Two

Get Grounded!

The Bible is the foundation of our life as Christians. Get a grip on it now. Don't let anything else take away from its priority in your life. Do this, and it will go well for you.

May 14, 2015

When Revival? How Revival? by Staff

What brings about such seasons? Is it even right to talk about ways and means?

May 14, 2015

The Bible and Sexual Assault by Katie McCoy

An assault against Eve is an assault against Eden.

May 14, 2015

Our Words Will Be Thunder When Our Life Is Like Lightning by Matt Capps

Our people need to see that the character in the Christian life isn’t marked by the sinless life; it’s marked by the repentant life.

May 14, 2015

Keep Preaching the Gospel, Doofus by J.A. Medders

When I’m prepping my sermons, I’ll write at the top of my notes, “Don’t forget the gospel, Doofus.”

May 13, 2015

Building Trust as a Leader by Neil Franks

High trust may not help a poor plan, but low trust will crush a good one.

May 13, 2015

The Sermon is a Worship Song of Its Own by Jared C. Wilson

The art of preaching the gospel falls not only within the category of Instruction but also Exultation.

May 13, 2015

Sanctification and Leadership by Mike Ayers

Sanctified leaders say to God, “I’m willing. The answer is yes. Now God, what is the question?

May 13, 2015

Why Plant a New Church in the Bible Belt? by Jeff Lawrence

I heard it again. This time from a pastor who remarked that we don’t need church plants because we have great churches here. This wasn’t the first time I’ve heard this claim, and it won’t be the last. It’s a good reminder that we must continually cast the vision for why new churches are needed in the Bible Belt.

May 13, 2015

Preaching Christ From the Gospels Is Not a No-Brainer by David Prince

The almost universal assumption is that no one has difficulty preaching Christ from the New Testament, especially from the Gospels. But just because your sermon mentions Christ doesn't mean you're preaching Christ.

May 13, 2015

When Church Members Want to Leave by Jonathan Leeman

 How should you respond to a fellow member who is leaving for what sounds like a bad reason?

May 12, 2015

Put the Resurrection in Your Gospel by Spencer Plumlee

On numerous occasions, when I've heard prominent evangelical leaders answer the question, "What is the gospel?" they do not mention the resurrection. I find this highly problematic.

May 12, 2015

Leading Staff in The Rural Church by John Powell

Many times, those who lead ministries in small or rural churches let slide things like effective staff leadership, thinking such a practice is only the mandate for larger churches or churches in busier contexts. But if the small, rural church pastors neglect tending to their support leaders -- whether vocational or volunteer -- they can stifle the growth of their ministry

May 11, 2015

Profile of a Church Planting Church, Part 2 by Robin D. Hadaway

While we can't clone what is taking place in the biblical book of Acts, we can seek to learn its pattern.

May 11, 2015

How to Pastor Without Losing Your Wife's Heart by Christine Hoover

My pastor husband has learned the art of running full-out in ministry while also running full-out in marriage and family. Because of this--because he has been as committed to me as he has to ministry--he hasn’t lost my heart. In fact, he has it more than ever. This is why

May 11, 2015

Risky Prayer by Darrin Patrick

We all like to hear about God doing extraordinary things in the lives of other people, but we’re uneasy about putting him on the hook to do the same for us.

May 8, 2015

Contentment, the Stealth Prosperity Gospel, and Spiritual Greed by Jared C. Wilson

So the great irony of prosperity gospelism is that it actually cultivates its own need for itself. It is built on discontentment and greed and desire and accumulating (whether stuff or "spirituality"), and therefore it turns in on itself, self perpetuating, continuing to create the needs it promises to fill.

May 8, 2015

Preaching Sanctification by Nick Floyd

May our goal be to produce a congregation full of hot hearts ready to change the world for God who completely rest in the work of Christ.

May 8, 2015

The Psalms as Prescription for Depression by Nick Murray

When the darkness is heaviest, it is hard to go to the Word. But I believe that those are the times where the Word is the most necessary. 

May 7, 2015

Satan Downloads Your Podcast by Jamaal Williams

In pastoral ministry and in our Christian walk in general, we can easily ignore or lose sight of the reality of Spiritual warfare because it is an invisible battle. Paul’s plea to the church at Ephesus and to us today is, “Don’t become so sophisticated that you think people are your enemy or that you can become sanctified by sheer will-power.”

May 7, 2015

Letters to a New Believer, Part One

You're Not a Leader Yet

About a year or so into being a Christian, I did something absolutely, spectacularly dumb: I joined the men's ministry leadership team at our church. Seriously, on a scale of dumb to really dumb, this was just the worst.

May 7, 2015

Stating the Obvious in Worship by Dustin Rouse

When we worship in song, we are recognizing what is already true about God. We are saying: Look at our God, behold our Savior - He is worthy of our praise! We don’t make God glorious with our praise; rather, we praise Him because He is glorious.

May 6, 2015

I Have Identified the Problem, and It Is You by Jared C. Wilson

On the spirit of charity in the work of receiving criticism and dishing it out.

May 6, 2015

Vehicles of God’s Pursuit

The Necessity of Persistence in Evangelism

I lived the first decade and a half of my twenty plus years as Christian burdened with the idea that my task in evangelism was two-fold: to preach and to bring about conversion. When I was faithful to the first task but unproductive in the second, I often experience debilitating discouragement. It is difficult for me to convey the freedom that washed over my heart when the burden of responsibility…

May 6, 2015

The Pulpit is the Prow of the World by Staff

Yes, the world's a ship on its passage out . . .

May 6, 2015

Embracing Accusation by Andrew Hebert

The moment I think I have what it takes, or that I am eminently qualified, or that I deserve to be a pastor, is the moment when my pride will get in the way of Christ using me.

May 6, 2015

Your Student Ministry Needs Expository Preaching by Jason Kees

I began to realize that I failed miserably as a youth minister to the students who were under my care. I saw for the first time what preaching truly is, how serious it should be taken, and what is at stake. I went back to my dorm room, sat down on the floor, and wept.

May 5, 2015

On Never Fumbling by Dean Inserra

A past mistake might motivate a football player, but it won't do much for my sinful nature. My only hope is to fix my eyes, mind, and heart on the One who cannot and will not ever fumble me out of his hands.

May 5, 2015

Doctrine is Not a Formality by Staff

We cannot afford to be perfunctory about doctrine.