Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Oct 31, 2016

The Pastor and 'Sola Fide' by Jared C. Wilson

On this Reformation Day anniversary, here is a reflection on sola fide for the pastor and an encouragement to shepherd "by faith, and not by sight."

Oct 24, 2016

Women's Roles and The Great Commission by Allyson Todd

I have sadly heard it said to me, “Well it’s great that you’re learning a lot about God and want to share it, but be careful not to go outside of what God has commanded women to do!”

Oct 20, 2016

The Ashley Madison Scandal One Year Later by Jimmy Dodd

Hard-hitting consequences will produce profound sorrow in the hardest of hearts. But overpowering regret and Godly repentance are two very different things.

Oct 20, 2016

Writing Sermons in Community by Dayton Hartman

Inviting critique and feedback of your sermon from a group of trusted voices could help bring clarity to the way you communicate the gospel.

Oct 20, 2016

Preach Like A Painter by Chris Thomas

Preacher, show your church the wonder. Preach like a painter. Take your tools and your technique and bend them to the cause of Christ.

Oct 19, 2016

Ministry Isn't an Individual Sport by Jared Bumpers

Ministry should be a team effort, not an individual endeavor.

Oct 18, 2016

What is Your Vision for This Church? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Do not forget that you are not a CEO of a corporation. You are the pastor of a congregation.

Oct 18, 2016

Devin Maddox on Contextualization in Preaching and Teaching

We ask Devin Maddox, "How important is contextualization in preaching and teaching?"

Oct 17, 2016

College Ministry Needs Biblical Theology by Nathan Williams

These two young Christian women were nearing the end of their undergraduate degrees. Neither had a job lined up after graduation or any expectation of a "ring by spring," which at their Christian college validates the whole school-debt-without-a-job situation. They had a look in their eyes that said "life is getting way too real."

Oct 14, 2016

7 Mistakes New Preachers Make (Part 1) by Dave Harvey

When it comes to preaching, don’t start wrong. 

Oct 12, 2016

How to Pastor When You're Away by Jason Alligood

The only thing I could do was to depend on the Biblical pattern of elder plurality

Oct 11, 2016

Andrew Fuller’s Awful Place by Joe Garner III

Pastors face so many temptations within their ministries. Few, however, are more unsuspecting and insidious as complacency.

Oct 11, 2016

Mark Dever on Sermon Preparation

We ask Mark Dever, "What does your sermon preparation look like?"

Oct 10, 2016

3 Gospelisms That Empower Repentance by Cody Barnhart

Repentance is not far away if you have been made new by the Spirit.

Oct 10, 2016

A Gospeled Church by Jared C. Wilson

You cannot grow in holiness and holier-than-thou-ness at the same time.

Oct 7, 2016

Pastors, Stop Texting Your Church Members by Steve Bezner

I've come to recognize that while there are times to use digital communication, there are also plenty of times to move in a different direction. Here are a few principles I’ve discovered for my own pastoral ministry.

Oct 5, 2016

Single Men, Consider the Single Mothers in Your Church by Sam Parkison

Many single Christian men in our churches bemoan the fact that they desire to be married, but can’t seem to find a wife. Perhaps the problem is that their “market” is too narrowly defined.

Oct 4, 2016

Faithful Preachers are Forgetful Preachers by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Pastors, personal holiness, spiritual growth, and ministerial faithfulness are rooted in what you're able to remember and in what you need to forget. 

Oct 4, 2016

What are some important components in training men for ministry?

We ask Lane Harrison, "What are some important components in training men for ministry?"

Sep 30, 2016

You Know You're Really Preaching the Gospel When... by Dave Harvey

Ministry is about becoming less impressed with yourself and more smitten with the Savior. 

Sep 29, 2016

Why the Pastor Needs a Council of Historians by Luke Holmes

All pastors should study church history, but there is an ever-increasing need for pastors to study their church's own history and be shaped by the stories of faithful saints and the faithfulness of God.

Sep 29, 2016

Has God Called You to the Ministry? by Jason K. Allen

Most Christians have an undeveloped, insufficiently informed understanding of what it means to be called to the ministry. Consider these ten questions, which serve as indicators God has indeed called you to ministry.

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!