Resources by Theme: Practical

Jun 16, 2015

Why is recovering regenerate church membership one of the SBC's greatest needs? by Paige Patterson

Series: For The Church Conference - Columbus

Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Seminary, answers the question, why is recovering regenerate church membership one of the SBC’s greatest needs at the For The Church Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 16.

Jun 16, 2015

Is Capitol Hill Baptist Church a replicable model of church life? by Mark Dever

Series: For The Church Conference - Columbus

Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., answers the question, is Capitol Hill Baptist Church a replicable model of church life at the For The Church Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 16.

Jun 16, 2015

How do you pastor in a sex-saturated culture? by Matt Carter

Series: For The Church Conference - Columbus

Matt Carter, pastor of preaching at the Austin Stone Church in Austin, Texas, shares biblical insights on how to pastor in a sex-saturated culture at the For The Church Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 16.

Jun 16, 2015

Why are you committed to expository preaching? by Jason K. Allen

Series: For The Church Conference - Columbus

Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Seminary, shares why he is committed to expository preaching at the For The Church Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 16.

Jun 16, 2015

An Acquired Taste by Michael Kelley

Developing new tastes take time. Instead of being frustrated by the time it takes to grow and love spiritual disciplines, think of time as your ally.

Jun 15, 2015

Kevin Peck on Discipleship and Growth by Kevin Peck

Series: Conversations

We asked Dr. Kevin Peck, "Does discipleship have to change as a church grows?"

Jun 15, 2015

David Prince on the State of Preaching by David Prince

Series: Conversations

We asked Dr. David Prince, "How would you characterize the state of preaching in evangelicalism today?"

Jun 15, 2015

H.B. Charles on Sermon Prep by H.B. Charles, Jr.

We asked H.B. Charles, Jr. what his sermon preparation looks like.

Jun 15, 2015

J.D. Greear On Winning A Church to Mission

How do you win a church to mission?

by Staff

Series: Conversations

How do you win a church to mission?

Jun 15, 2015

4 Barriers to Community by Darrin Patrick

If you want to be known, served, and celebrated in community, you’ll need to be challenged by that community. And that community will help you live the life you’ve always wanted.

Jun 14, 2015

Questions to Ask Yourself About Eternal Security by Staff

Because eternal life is integral to the gospel's promise, eternal security is an integral blessing of the gospel.

Jun 14, 2015

Troubleshooting Division in the Church by Casey Lewis

I believe our sinful desire for power, control, and praise are at the root of most church divisions.

Jun 11, 2015

5 Ways to Keep Church Discipline from Seeming Weird by Jared C. Wilson

To mention the idea of a church disciplining its members strikes tenderhearted and naive Christians as weird, mean, and legalistic. So how do we work at keeping the biblical admonition to church discipline from seeming weird?

Jun 8, 2015

Church Planter, Act Your Age by Jeff Lawrence

We miss out when we fail to act our age. So, take a long range perspective of your church’s journey, and fight for the joy of this particular season in the life of your church.

Jun 6, 2015

How To Pace Yourself

The Art of Rest

Since rest is part of God’s good plan for us, I want to be obedient in an overflow of my love for Him. After all, he’s already lived the life I can’t live and paid the price I couldn’t pay for my sin. The culture around us says, “Go work, gain merit, and prove yourself worthy.” The gospel, though, says, “Rest in Christ.”

Jun 5, 2015

4 Reasons to Beware the Goodness Gospel by Christine Hoover

For many of my formative years, the overarching and consistent message I received at church was, “Be good." I attempted with everything in me to be good, but my efforts only reinforced what I knew deep inside: I wasn’t good enough and could never be.

Jun 5, 2015

How Do I Know When I Should Plant A Church?

5 Components for Chasing Your Vision

Discerning a call to plant a church presents a great challenge. I have been blessed to network with church planters and coach them through discerning their call. The conversation inevitably arrives at a question very similar to this: “I've got this vision that I know God has given me, but I keep asking ‘How do I know when it is time to go?’"

Jun 4, 2015

7 Words of Advice For The First-Time Pastor by John Powell

When a minister assumes his first pastorate, it can be an exciting time for everyone. There is so much hope and anticipation. But there is also so much that is mysterious and fraught with difficulty. The following are some bits of advice from some lessons I've learned over the years, some of them the hard way.

Jun 2, 2015

Confronting The Sins We Tolerate by Casey Lewis

We overlook “respectable sins” not only because they are pervasive, but also because they don't seem as bad as others that get more press. But when we turn a blind eye to these "ordinary" sins, they begin to fester. 

Jun 1, 2015

Evangelical Engagement In Evil Times by Drew Griffin

Above all, preach unceasingly the glory of the Kingdom that is here and is to come; it is the only hope we have in these “last days.” We must all “do the work of an evangelist.”

May 30, 2015

Organization To The Glory of God by Jason Kees

We have been given a set, predetermined number of days to walk this earth. We should, by God’s grace, make every one of them count.

May 29, 2015

4 Disciplines of a Healthy Identity by Tish Hedger

"Pastor’s wife" became foundational to my identity instead of solely my calling. These impossible expectations personified into an inner coach who barked orders and criticized when demands where unmet. This inner voice was my constant companion choking out truth.

May 29, 2015

Why Your Church Should Pray For Revival by David McLemore

We need a category for revival in all of our churches. Without it, we may miss out on the great blessing that God offers. Without it, we may spend our lives toiling for the wrong things, and we may shortchange the future generations.

May 25, 2015

Three Rhythms For Family Devotions by Ryan Huguley

We’ve struggled to find the right manner and method. It’s hard work and requires constant attention. But in our house, we’ve found that effective family devotions are made up of three basic rhythms…

May 23, 2015

How To Repair A Plane in Mid-Air

Making Major Changes While Church Planting

The best place to repair an airplane is on the ground. This minimizes moving parts, leaves less room for error, and removes the almost certain fatal result if the repair goes wrong. But mission never stops and in the real world this is often not an option.

May 22, 2015

A Panacea and A Punk

How To Keep Apologetics in Perspective

I love apologetics for what it can do for you, but I hate apologetics because of what it can do to you.

May 22, 2015

Why Your Children’s Ministry Should Take a Break by Miles Morrison

I’m not saying that’s wrong or that children’s ministry is bad – I love and serve in the children’s ministry in my church – I’m merely making the observation that while this ministry can and should serve the church, it will never replace it. Regardless of what curriculum or structure or teaching style your children’s ministry uses, here are some reasons why it’s healthy from time to time to take…

May 22, 2015

What Small Churches Can Do, Part Four by Joe Thorn

My wife and I once attended a small church that had no worship leader. No choir. No instruments. No overhead projection. No cool lights. The building was plain-Jane. Yet their gathering was powerful. Why?

May 21, 2015

Encourage One Another

Giving Grace With Our Words

God commanded that His people encourage each other because He knew we would need it.

May 20, 2015

Preaching Christ From Judges by Jared Bumpers

I was twelve or thirteen, and my dad, who is a pastor, gave me the opportunity to preach a five-minute sermon (what was he thinking?). I selected Judges 3:12-30 as my text and delivered a sermon on Ehud and Eglon that I had titled “When Lefty Stabbed Fatty."

May 19, 2015

How To Correct Your Opponents Like Paul by Derek Rishmawy

All too often, those who are keenly aware of the call to defend the gospel from damaging distortions, since they're not afraid to back down from a fight, are often the quickest to fight dirty.

May 17, 2015

How To Stay Healthy in Ministry by Won S. Kwak

Without question, church planting and pastoral ministry demand a faithful “pouring out as a drink offering” self-sacrificing life of commitment to God and His people. However, this call to pastoral ministry does not mean we should live a life of self-neglect for the sake of Christ.

May 15, 2015

What Small Churches Can Do, Part Three by Joe Thorn

Smaller churches are no less hindered from doing what God has called his people to do than are larger churches. Having more people does not maker it easier.

May 12, 2015

Preaching When Distressed by Adam McClendon

Distractions of all forms hit pastors. These distractions are circumstances that burden the pastor’s heart to such an extent that it threatens their ability to properly prepare for preaching the Bible faithfully.

May 12, 2015

Why Is Listening to a Sermon So Hard? by Nathan Lino

If we know this is God’s plan for us and we are going to spend countless hours doing it, why wouldn’t we want to get really good at it?

May 11, 2015

Fuel for a Long Theological Journey by Sam Bierig

Theological training is as important to the call of ministry as the call itself. But we can resent this training. Or we can be shaped by it.

May 11, 2015

Nine Statements That Will Destroy Your Small Group by Ben Reed

You don’t want people to dread your small group every week. To feel like they just have to come. To view it as a waste of time. To be the group of which they say, “Don’t join a small group. Mine is terrible.”

May 10, 2015

Eight Biblical Responses to Worry by David Roach

Anxiety can feel uncontrollable when finances are tight, when relationships are strained, and when there doesn’t seem to be enough time to fulfill all of life’s obligations. Does the Bible provide any specific strategies for avoiding worry?

May 8, 2015

The Value of Responsive Readings in Worship by Jim Fowler

Responsive readings not only assist in the reading and praying of Scripture, but also are of value in that they are biblical, historical, participatory, and instructional for the life of the church. 

May 8, 2015

Ten Reasons to Know a Little Bit of Church History by David Roach

The study of church history has fallen on hard times. But here are 10 reasons why the average believer’s walk with Christ would be enriched by learning a bit from our hallowed past.

May 8, 2015

Lead Your Team Meeting Like a Great Teacher by Jared Musgrove

Many of us were never trained in our formal education, internships, or perhaps even our associate roles how to lead a great ministry team meeting. This was something that became apparent to me as I stepped into lead a burgeoning team of strong leaders at my church. What follows here are hard knocks and necessary considerations, I believe, for a great ministry meeting.

May 7, 2015

Resurrecting Your Quiet Time by Sam Bierig

Does your "devo life" need a spiritual steroid shot? Consider this approach to Bible reading.

May 7, 2015

You'll Play How You Practice by Mike Leake

When our work and ministry is laid bare before the Lord we want it to withstand the fire.

May 5, 2015

Turning Opposition Into Opportunity by Jonathan Shradar

I don’t know what your opposition looks like. It might be a senior leader that prefers you preach four points to a better job rather than freedom in Christ. It might be a church member that can’t stand the songs you sing on Sundays. Or it might be the elder that spends more time thinking about "what could have been" instead of "what can be." But I do know this…

May 5, 2015

What Small Churches Can Do, Part Two by Joe Thorn

Two things smaller churches can do is opt out of a couple of things they often end up doing that they shouldn't.

May 4, 2015

5 Reasons There Are No Millennials in Your Church by Chris Martin

In the end, reaching Millennials is about understanding them and being willing to participate in their world. It takes conscious decisions; you’re not going to accidentally attract them.

May 2, 2015

Supporting Your Lead Pastor by Jared Bumpers

The shepherd leads the sheep, and the sheep follow the shepherd. It is a simple concept to understand, but it is a difficult concept to practice. Why? Because the sheep don’t always want to follow the shepherd!

Apr 29, 2015

Busting 12 Myths About Productivity by Matt Perman

Do you understand productivity in the right way? Is your approach to "getting things done" rooted in the gospel and its implications?