Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Sep 28, 2016

If We Are So Burdened Then Why Aren't The Prayer Meetings Full? by Erik Raymond

Why it is so hard for Christians to talk to God but so easy for us to discuss our complaints with others? 

Sep 28, 2016

Preaching to Make the Bible User Friendly by Kevin Halloran

What does this equipping look like in practice?

Sep 21, 2016

Slaying the Sin of Pride in the Pulpit by Jared Bumpers

Preachers, when you feel the subtle pull to draw attention to yourself, run to the cross and let yourself be humbled.

Sep 20, 2016

Who is a criminally under-appreciated figure from church history evangelicals should know more about?

We ask Nathan Finn, "Who is a criminally under-appreciated figure from church history evangelicals should know more about?"

Sep 16, 2016

The Remedy for All by Savannah Henson

It's in His Gospel that we find the remedy for sin, in any manifestation.

Sep 15, 2016

Striking the Right Balance with the Biblical Languages by Todd Chipman

A plea for students and pastors to strike the right balance with the Biblical languages in hopes that they might be engaged and employed effectively for a lifetime of frutiful church ministry.

Sep 14, 2016

Eye-Rolling is Not Discipleship by Daniel Darling

We disciple, not by looking down on people, but by looking at them. 

Sep 13, 2016

How do you help a church develop a passion for church-planting?

We ask Noah Oldham, "How do you help a church develop a passion for church-planting?"

Sep 9, 2016

Zwingli and the Sufficiency of the Word in Preaching by Nathan Rose

What we need is to recover the Protestant belief in the sufficiency of Scripture and thus, commit ourselves to preaching expositionally. 

Sep 8, 2016

5 Distinctives of Biblical Leadership by Mike Ayers

More and more we find ourselves borrowing leadership concepts from an upside-down world. However, Biblical leadership is distinctly different from that described and defined by the world.

Sep 8, 2016

Making the Most of Your Church Internship by Adam D. Swift

Being involved in a church internship is an opportunity to throw yourself at the mercy of seasoned pastors who know more than you, love you, and who want to see you do well for the sake of Christ’s Church. 

Sep 7, 2016

Should A Preacher Use Humor From The Pulpit? by Kevin Halloran

God created us to enjoy humor and it is a powerful tool in a preacher’s arsenal when used responsibly.

Sep 6, 2016

Stricter Judgement for the Justified Pastor by Sam Parkison

The pastor is saved by the same gospel message he proclaims to his flock, but the nature of his calling invites a stricter judgement.

Sep 5, 2016

Be Bold Enough to Follow The Truth As Far as It Takes You by Jared C. Wilson

Maybe Jesus is sifting out his churches that his Church might rise up.

Sep 2, 2016

Why I Wear Black Suits All The Time by H.B. Charles, Jr.

 I want my appearance, demeanor, and conduct to show I am on kingdom business.

Aug 31, 2016

How Can Single Mothers Raise Godly Young Men? by Sharon Dickens

We must not, therefore, underestimate the importance of the local church family when it comes to pastoral issues regarding single parent parenting and discipleship. 

Aug 31, 2016

Turning Your Spectators Into Worshipers by Josh Starkey

Do everything out of love for the congregation that gathers as your local church, and enable them to sing and worship and see Christ clearly together. 

Aug 30, 2016

Ministry Demands Theology by Joe Thorn

To lead and serve God's people demands that we feed them the truths of God's word; that is applied theology!

Aug 30, 2016

Jonathan Leeman on "The Church and Politics"

We ask Jonathan Leeman, "In what way should a church be political?"

Aug 26, 2016

The Waiting Game - Leading Those Who Stray by Dave Harvey

Waiting is not just a discipline we impose but a grace we experience. Our lean is into the promise of His blessing and provision.

Editors note: This article was originally published at Am I Called

Aug 26, 2016

Jesus Talks Behind Your Back by Cole Deike

Can you hear Jesus advocating for you before the throne? 

Aug 25, 2016

What to Ask Myself Before I Teach the Bible by Jim Elliff

The results of our teaching are entirely God’s business. But it is our business to be as prepared as possible

Aug 23, 2016

Dean Inserra on "Protection from Moral Failure"

We ask Dean Inserra, "How can a pastor protect his family, his church, and himself from moral failing?"

Aug 19, 2016

Called (Part Two) by Dave Harvey

We are custom made by our Creator to fill a place and fulfill a destiny.

Aug 19, 2016

When Do You Practice Church Discipline? And How Do You Do It? by Jonathan Leeman

In the life of the church, discipline as forming and correcting should characterize not just Sunday, but Monday to Saturday.

Aug 19, 2016

Pastor, Preach in High Definition by Ronjour Locke

Just as higher resolutions produce a clearer view of the world, so more focused attention on our God will produce a clearer worldview. 

Aug 18, 2016

Do You Feel Like a Pastoral Fraud? by Jim Essian

Sometimes I wonder if the preacher/pastor me looks like a godly man breathing in the goodness of God. In reality, I feel more like a deflated balloon.

Aug 17, 2016

A Pastor Looks Forward at 50 by Derrick Lynch

We must remember that we are stewards of the life God has given us and that this stewardship is demanded for every day, every decade, and every stage.  

Aug 16, 2016

Gifts ≠ Fruit by Jesse Benack

We naturally assume the people who possess the greatest and most effective gifts are also the people who are walking most closely with God. We falsely equate giftedness with holiness and link ability with divine intimacy. The Bible tells us otherwise.

Aug 12, 2016

Called (Part One) by Dave Harvey

Biblical calling is, first of all, something done for us.

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.

Aug 9, 2016

3 Ingredients for Faithful Preaching by Jason K. Allen

It is too high and too glorious a calling for just anyone to preach just anything for just any reason in just any way. Preaching is to be done by a man, called of God, who is compelled to herald the Bible with full conviction and faithful interpretation.

Aug 9, 2016

Devin Maddox answers: "Should pastors write?"

We ask Devin Maddox, "Should pastors write?"

Aug 8, 2016

Your Pastor's Wife Should Have Church Friends by Whitney Putnam

Countless times it’s been whispered to me, as if it is a sacred secret, “In order to survive as a pastor’s wife, you must not make any friends.”

Aug 5, 2016

You Should Consider Replanting by Blake Deibel

As you consider your calling, consider replanting a dying church.

Aug 4, 2016

How Expository Preaching is Therapeutic by Chad Ashby

Expository preaching frees us up to trust God as we deliver His Word to His people. We're given permission to relish His Word and we're unfettered from the urgent as we preach through the Bible verse by verse.

Aug 3, 2016

When the Wedding Interrupts the Funeral by Sean Nolan

When the funeral party is interrupted, it’s not by a power outage or someone pulling the fire alarm, but by the bridegroom calling us home to the eternal wedding celebration.

Aug 2, 2016

Don't Waste Your Hospital Visitation by Todd Chipman

We may not be able to make it to every hospital stay. But in most instances, presence at the hospital, surgery center or doctor’s office will provide a strategic Great Commission platform. Let’s not waste it.

Jul 29, 2016

Planting Churches That Last by Dave Harvey

Church planters, study and value the past. It’s the path to the future.

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.