Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Mar 29

Why Artists Need Theology by Owen Strachan

The truth of the matter is that there is no ground for creativity that comes close to the intellectual fertility of Christian theology. 

Mar 29

The Right Side of the Line by Darrell Deer

The line between noble intentions and prideful purposes is so difficult to see that it's easy for us to cross.

Mar 28

How to Grow Your Church Numerically by Steve Burchett

Whenever true disciples are added to the church, the gospel has been proclaimed.

Mar 28

H.B. Charles on the Pastor's Most Important Weekly Tasks by H.B. Charles, Jr.

We ask H.B. Charles, "What are the pastor’s most important weekly tasks?"

Mar 22

Making A Pastoral Apology by Chuck Fuller

If you’re a leader, others might have been involved in the mistake, but they were likely following your lead. 

Mar 22

Counsel For The Counselor by Matt Capps

In prayer we are able to find comfort in the arms of our Father, trusting that he is working all things for the good of those who he loves, especially those he has entrusted to our pastoral care.

Mar 20

Thoughts on Note-Taking During Sermons by Jared C. Wilson

If you are only taking notes during the sermon because you feel you must, because you treat the sermon like a lecture or "lesson," I would encourage you to reconsider.

Mar 17

What Preachers Can Learn From George Whitefield's First Sermon by Thomas Kidd

Abundant religious activity cannot mask a rebellious heart at the last day.

Mar 15

Feminism and the Fall by Kristina Shiddell

While we must fight against the oppression and violence that women experience around the world, we must be careful not to venture beyond that into a realm of self-exalting and unbiblical femininity.

Mar 15

Do You Desire The Ministry? by Jason K. Allen

There is no such thing as a pastor who knows only the burden of leadership or only the sweat of service.

Mar 10

Jonathan Leeman on Elders and Deacons Working Together

How can a church avoid turning its elders and deacons into a sort of bicameral legislature?

Series: Conversations

Mar 3

The Necessity of Prayer in Sermon Prep by Erik Raymond

We will be as prayerful as we are cognizant of our own weakness.

Feb 27

Dear 'Concerned Church Member' by Jared C. Wilson

It is Jesus who is available to you 24/7, and I'm not him.

Feb 27

Beware of Ministry Shaming by Allyson Todd

If we strive to build up one another in our ministries and tune into other people’s feelings, we can help the body of Christ feel unashamed for the call given to them by God.

Feb 24

6 Tips for Preaching in a Missionary Context by Jason K. Allen

We should strive to preach our best sermons in overseas contexts.

Feb 24

Russell Moore on the Culture War by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

If conservatives have lost the culture war and the American church is in decline, what is there for evangelicals to be encouraged by?

Feb 23

Join the New England Study Tour This May!

Deadline to Register is March 1

by Staff

Walk where Edwards and Whitefield walked, visit everywhere from Yale to Harvard and coastal Maine to rural Vermont, meet with local pastors and church planters, and even enjoy some local eateries and coffee.

Feb 22

Angry Twitter and Confused Christians by Owen Strachan

While important matters call for our earthly attention, we cannot forget that the church's unique commission is to promote a kingdom that cannot be shaken.

Feb 22

When You Are the Old-Timer by Lucy Crabtree

We ought to be the most hospitable toward the sojourners among us.

Feb 22

Love for the Forgotten Pastor by Joshua Jenkins

The promise of the gospel is not that man will remember you, but that God knows you.

Feb 20

Letter from a 'Concerned Church Member' by Jared C. Wilson

We really do want the best for you, which is why we felt like you needed to know these things. With a little more hard work and concentrated effort on your part, this can be a win-win for all of us.

Feb 17

One Thing: Devin Maddox by Staff

Series: One Thing

How can a church engage in social justice without falling into the errors of the social gospel?

Feb 16

Expositional Imposters by Mike Gilbart-Smith

Seven pitfalls to avoid when preaching expositional sermons.

Feb 15

For Young Adults Considering Ministry by Ashlyn Portero

Is your greatest desire to see the gospel go forward in the place where God has you?

Feb 14

Clint Pressley on Leading Big Change in the Local Church

We ask Clint Pressley, "How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?"

Feb 10

Pastoring People Through Slow Change by Dave Harvey

The call to plant and pastor is primarily a call to help people keep the gospel in focus.

Feb 10

One Thing: Lane Harrison by Lane Harrison

Series: Conversations

What are the pastor's most important weekly tasks?

Feb 10

Pastors and the Problem of Evil by Gary Shultz

Our people need the hope of the cross and the assurance of the resurrection.

Feb 8

Song Requests and Gospel Rest by Daniel Ross

Ultimately, God’s glory in your selections should be more important than making someone happy

Feb 8

Dear Bi-Vocational Pastor by Joshua Jenkins

There is no nobler task than to deliver good news to weary souls week-in and week-out.

Feb 7

Photobombing Jesus

Confessions of a Glory Thief

A simple, but profound truth: Jesus came to save glory thieves from themselves.

Feb 6

10 Books for Your Church's Book Table by Jared C. Wilson

I have composed this list thinking of the kinds of needs and interests most Christians seek out answers for in the sorts of books that sell most often at Christian bookstores.

Feb 3

How important is it for preachers to pay attention to cultural trends and popular media? by Staff

Series: Conversations

How important is it for preachers to pay attention to cultural trends and popular media?

Feb 1

Community Requires Vulnerability by Christine Hoover

Community isn’t something that comes to us; it’s something that we go toward.

Feb 1

Gospel-Division That Creates Gospel-Ambassadors by Jonathon Woodyard and Dave Zuleger

Belief in the gospel is the only way anyone can cross the gospel line and experience eternal life.

Jan 31

What are some common rookie preaching mistakes? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

We asked H.B. Charles: "What are some common rookie preaching mistakes?"

Jan 27

What Are The Pastor's Most Important Weekly Tasks?

We asked Noah Oldham, "What are the pastor's most important weekly tasks?"

Series: Conversations

What are the pastor's most important weekly tasks?

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.