Resources by Theme: Pastoral

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.

Jul 27, 2016

Before You Preach by Joe Thorn

We need tools to help us, but we need the Holy Spirit to illumine, convict, and empower.

Jul 26, 2016

Throwing Our Hats Over the Wall

Gospel Going When the World Says ‘Stay’

There is not shortage of challenges is answering the call to take the Gospel to those who have never heard it. Standing beside what seems an insurmountable wall of fear, financial challenges, real-life distractions, dangers, and, if we are honest, selfishness, we sit down. Or we turn around. Or we try to find some other wall that is easier to climb. And still, God has called us onward.

Jul 25, 2016

3 Things Sin Can't Do To the Christian by Cody Barnhart

These reminders help us eliminate the shame we feel after disobedience and push us to repent of our sin even when we're tempted to wallow in it. They are "gospelisms"—truths about the gospel that are easy to preach to one another when we begin to forget the gospel—and I hope that they help you as they have helped me.

Jul 25, 2016

John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 by Jared C. Wilson

Christian pastors aren't meant to be chaplains of the American Dream.

Jul 22, 2016

Should Your Church Build a Bigger Building? by Jonathan Leeman

Big buildings seem wasteful, almost ungodly, to a certain segment of evangelicals these days.

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 19, 2016

Pastor, This Isn't a Competition by K.V. Paxton

Pastor, this is not a competition. God loves you just as extravagantly in your failures as He does in your successes and He isn't comparing your ministry to the one across the street.

Jul 18, 2016

8 Reasons to Preach Through Books of the Bible by Jared C. Wilson

Every preacher ought to endeavor to feed his flock this way. And here are eight reasons why . . .

Jul 15, 2016

What to Do After You Preach by Dave Harvey

If you’re called to preach, you leave it all in the pulpit.

Jul 13, 2016

Pastors, Let Your Deacons Serve by Matt Capps

God forbid that my ambitious leadership rob others of their calling.

Jul 12, 2016

What is the Ideal Pastor’s Personality?

We ask Dr. Andrew Hebert, "What is the ideal pastor’s personality?"

Jul 12, 2016

7 Theological Issues Confronting the Local Church by Jason K. Allen

There is something far worse than not having a crisis to engage. It is having a crisis but not engaging it. Faithfulness in our generation requires the church, and the pastors that lead it, to do our duty of preserving the faith and supporting the church. 

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.

Jul 11, 2016

17 Benefits to Reading the Entire Bible by Kristen Wetherell

The benefits and joy of journeying the entire way through God’s salvation story are too good to miss.

Jul 7, 2016

Every Sermon is the Opportunity of a Lifetime by Joel Littlefield

Preachers, learn to see every sermon as an opportunity of a lifetime - an opportunity to bring change where it matters most, change in the heart of people for whom Christ died and now lives.

Jul 5, 2016

Thank God for Spiritual Grandfathers

Thoughts on Wayne Grudem

Lasting pastoral influence and legacies are marked by both humilty and service.

Jul 4, 2016

Don't Waste Your Vacation by Sam Bierig

You never take a vacation from your Christianity, so why would we stop attending worship on the Sunday of our vacation?

Jun 30, 2016

The Worth of Waiting: A Word to Aspiring Elders by Johnny Antle

In waiting for noble things in this life, we should be reminded that we wait for One whose nobility far exceeds everything on earth in every respect.

Jun 28, 2016

Spencer Plumlee on Non-negotiables for Preaching

We ask Dr. Spencer Plumlee, "What are some non-negotiables for preaching?"

Jun 27, 2016

How to Handle Difficult People by Mike Ayers

Dealing with difficult people in ministry can certainly be difficult and disappionting. But here are some things I've learned over 20+ years of pastoring . . .

Jun 24, 2016

An Unimaginative Tool for Church Growth by Erik Raymond

Sometimes as evangelicals we can be our own worst enemy.