Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Jan 24

5 Words That Should Scare Your Pastor by Mike Leake

Five little words that once fed my pride in ministry are now terrifying to me.

Jan 23

What if You Aborted a Future Janitor?

Why We Should Reject Utilitarian Arguments Against Abortion

Christians should have nothing to do with utilitarian arguments against abortion.

Jan 20

3 Principles to Communicate the Bible by Michael Kelley

All of us... are communicators of the gospel.

Jan 20

How can smaller churches conduct successful ministry training? by Joe Thorn

How can smaller churches conduct successful ministry training?

Jan 18

A Question of (Alt) Right and Wrong by John Mark Yeats

Christians must hold to the higher standard that all believers are one, a new race in Christ. 

Jan 17

Who is a criminally under-appreciated figure in church history we should know more about? by David Prince

We ask David Prince, "Who is a criminally under-appreciated figure in church history we should know more about?"

Jan 13

One Thing: Jonathan Leeman

How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?

Series: One Thing

How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?

Jan 12

The Essential Marks of a Preacher by Jason K. Allen

If God has called you to be His preacher, never stoop to be a king of men.

Jan 9

5 Things The Seeker Movement Got Right by Jared C. Wilson

In the spirit of charity, seeking to identify some good gifts the seeker church of yesteryear has given contemporary evangelicalism

Jan 4

Friendship for the Pastor's Wife by Christine Hoover

The pastor's wife is just like every other woman in the church when it comes to friendship: she gets a choice who she lets in.

Dec 29, 2016

Spiritual Depression is Coming for You by Jared Musgrove

This is an important and vital issue most Christians face but never really understand or defeat because they are blinded to it.

Dec 28, 2016

Do You Make Life Decisions with Your Church in Mind? by Joshua Hedger

Do you ask yourself how your job change could affect your church? Do you consider how your moving would impact the work of God through your church in your community? Do you seek insight into how your decision to leave or stay at your local church would affect the advancement of the gospel?

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

Dec 20, 2016

Why Study the Doctrine of the Church? by Jason G. Duesing

Understanding ecclesiology’s rightful place among other doctrines and grasping how the Gospel-centered nature of the church positions that doctrine in service of the Great Commission is just the grand beginning of treasures.

Dec 16, 2016

Is Self-Defense Biblical? by Erik Raymond

Should Christians defend themselves?

Dec 15, 2016

Earn Seminary Credit at The Gospel Coalition Conference with 'The Pastor and The Gospel' by Staff

Enroll in Midwestern Seminary's TGC Conference course "The Pastor and The Gospel" today.

Dec 15, 2016

Should Christians Care About the Religious Liberty of Muslims? by David Prince

Christians should defend the religious liberty of other faiths with as much zeal as they defend their own.

Dec 14, 2016

Living in Light of Jesus' Return by Jason K. Allen

The church’s attention to Jesus’ return seems to be seasonal, with interest rising and falling based upon a host of issues, most especially current geo-political events. The need of the hour is not for more end-times speculation, but an impact upon how we live the Christian life every day.

Dec 9, 2016

Wondering if You're the Next Pastor to Fall by Dave Harvey

The plunge of any pastor represents the potential for every pastor.

Dec 7, 2016

Be a Man and Preach! by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Little did I know that brief conversation would be the last time I get to talk to my father in this life.

Dec 5, 2016

21 Thoughts on Preaching by Jared C. Wilson

Don't preach as an employee of the church.

Dec 2, 2016

You Need to Explain What You Do on Sunday Mornings by Joe Thorn

With people coming from different Christian traditions, or no Christian background at all, we believe it's important to explain why we do what we do on the Lord's Day.

Dec 1, 2016

Are Non-Staff Elders Biblical? by Jonathan Leeman

No, the term “lay elder” is not in the Bible, but why not get more hands for the harvest, especially if the men are qualified and doing the work?

Nov 30, 2016

Eyes to See by Greg Spires

Countless angels long to look into the gospel, and God provides them the opportunity through His church. 

Nov 29, 2016

Lane Harrison on Developing a Church's Passion for Planting

We ask Lane Harrison, "How do you develop a church’s passion for church planting?"

Nov 25, 2016

Do You Get Nervous Before You Preach? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

This divine charge should make you nervous to speak the word faithfully, clearly, and unapologetically.

Nov 25, 2016

7 Common Mistakes New Preachers Make (Part 3) by Dave Harvey

These mistakes are all common to emerging preachers and many gifted expositors have stumbled through them. 

Nov 18, 2016

One Thing: Trevin Wax

Should pastors write?

by Staff

Should pastors write?

Nov 17, 2016

Is Your Household in Order? by Jason K. Allen

As pastors, we don’t want our ministry pursuit to become a weighty expectation for our family where they are more actors than people, living in a legalistic bubble of religious decorum.

Nov 16, 2016

Power of the Gospel by Darin Smith

Where is the power of the church today?

Nov 14, 2016

What We Need is a Reclamation of Biblical Supernaturality by Jared C. Wilson

Too often our creativity and intelligence don’t adorn the gospel, but obscure it.

Nov 11, 2016

1 Timothy is For The Church by Laura Kester

The church acts as a foundation for the truth by seeking to uphold right doctrine and live in light of that doctrine.

Nov 10, 2016

When Leaders Implode (Part One) by Dave Harvey

When leaders fail, the entire culture of the church is soaked. And only the gospel is sturdy enough to push back the torrent of consequences splashed over her.

Nov 9, 2016

Pastors, Prepare for November 13th by Daniel Brueske

Pastors all over the country will learn a great deal about the health of their respective congregations on November 13th.

Nov 9, 2016

How God is Moving on Secular Campuses by Owen Strachan

Now is not a time for retreat; now is a time to go big, trust God, and reach out to sinners like us in truth and in love.

Nov 3, 2016

In Pursuit of a Multi-Ethnic Church by Steve Bezner

Until the day every nation, tribe, and tongue confesses Jesus as Lord, we hope to strive to become more intentional in our pursuits of a multi-ethnic church. I hope you will join us.

Nov 1, 2016

Mom as Unsung Disciple-Maker by Sam Bierig

If it’s true that the first shall be last and the last first, there are going to be a lot of moms who wind up first in the ultimate line.

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.