Resources by Theme: Practical

Jul 17, 2015

5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Daily Devos by Chris Martin

Here are five easy ways that you can engage with the Bible in such a way that you may get a little more out of your daily devotions.

Jun 30, 2015

Prioritizing Replenishing Relationships by Jamaal Williams

My wife and I began to pray intentionally that the Lord would send replenishing relationships that would loosen me up and lighten my load. And he did. This experience has been life-giving.

Jun 29, 2015

The One Phrase That Will Help You Embrace The Cost of Relationships by Michael Kelley

Relationships are costly endeavors, and if you’re like me, it’s a battle many times to get passed that cost. But there is a phrase you can say to yourself that will help you embrace that cost, and it’s not as complicated as you might think.

Jun 27, 2015

Cleaning Up Relational Waste by Andy Love

If you’ve submitted your life to the call of church planting and church leadership, you cannot escape the fact that you’ve entered into a relational work. Your effectiveness in ministry, for better or worse, is going to be influenced by your ability to live out the call from Romans 12 to “as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all men.”

Jun 26, 2015

Finding The Right Church by Jim Elliff

What should you look for in a church?

Jun 26, 2015

9 Truths Nobody Told You About Small Groups by Ben Reed

I don’t know what the hook was that got you “in,” but that won’t be the hook that gets you to stay. Allow me to tell you what nobody else told you when you signed up.

Jun 23, 2015

Building Relationships With Internationals by Joshua Hedger

According to the Mission Society, approximately 75% of internationals are never invited into an American home. Most internationals come from cultures that put great emphasis on hospitality and yet they find that in America there is little hospitality offered to them.

Jun 21, 2015

Training Up Leaders by Jeremy Writebol

I have learned that “growing a garden” is one of the most enjoyable and fruitful things that you can do in ministry. In fact, I might be so bold as to say that unless you are working to train up and develop leaders in your church plant you probably aren’t being faithful to the biblical calling you have as a pastor or church planter.

Jun 20, 2015

3 Bad Reasons To Leave Your Church by Chris Martin

Your church is broken because it’s made up of broken people, including yourself. Abandoning the local church is only acceptable under a few extreme circumstances. Other than in certain circumstances, the people of God have the responsibility to sacrificially love their local churches as Jesus has.

Jun 19, 2015

Fighting Legalism In Your Heart by Joel Lindsey

It is helpful for us to examine our own hearts for signs of legalism, signs of places where we are trusting in or protecting our moral self-sufficiency for our identity.

Jun 16, 2015

Why did you author “The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo”? by Jared C. Wilson

Series: 2015 For The Church Conference at SBC - Columbus

Jared Wilson, director of content strategy at Midwestern Seminary and Managing Editor of For The Church, shares why he authored “The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo” at the For The Church Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 16.

Jun 16, 2015

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

Series: 2015 For The Church Conference at SBC - 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: 2015 For The Church Conference at SBC - 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: 2015 For The Church Conference at SBC - 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: 2015 For The Church Conference at SBC - 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

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

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

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?