Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Aug 18

Grow Your Own Leaders by Adam D. Swift

Pastors and ministerial leaders are shaped and fashioned only in the context of a local church, and nowhere else. 

Aug 16

Sunday is End-Times Warfare by Peyton Hill

We don’t need a Left Behind novel to tell us where we stand in the context of redemptive history. 

Aug 11

Worship as a Feast by Dustin Rouse

We want to set a table that entices our people to sit down and dig in.

Aug 11

The Canon of Scripture: Why It Is Trustworthy and True by Kaitlyn Wright

We don’t need new or flashy words from God when we have His Word solidified for us. 

Aug 10

The Weight of Pastoral Glory by Steve Bezner

The point of pastoring, I think, is to take people who think they can rescue the world, and remind them that the burden is too heavy for them to carry alone.

Aug 10

Should I Have Started My PhD Instead of Becoming a Pastor? by Danny Slavich

Had I chosen a different road, I could have another diploma and an impressive honorific on my name. Instead, I’ve got scars and stories and schooling in a degree program only accredited in heaven.

Aug 8

The Pulpit Call by Zach Barnhart

My question is, even though we may be gospel-centered, are we still asking people to come to Christ?

Aug 8

Brothers, We Are Not Amateurs

A Plea for Ministry Preparation

God may well use you in spite of a lack of formal training, but if you have accessibility to theological education, why find out?

Aug 4

Preaching Under Pressure by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Unending sunshine creates shallow pulpits.

Aug 2

Plowing Through Addiction: The ABC's of Victory by Adam McClendon

These aren’t means carried out on our own strength or wisdom, but these are actions committed in surrender to the Lord in acknowledgment of the ordinary system that he has created within this world. 

Aug 2

Discerning Your Child's Spiritual State by Mike Phay

Parents should take comfort in the fact that the primary work of salvation in a child’s heart is the work of God.

Aug 2

Bill Nye and the Goodness of Children by Owen Strachan

We cannot miss that what Bill Nye and his panel see as a cancer the Scripture sees as a blessing.

Jul 31

3 Ways the Gospel Might Divide a Church by Jared C. Wilson

A curious thing happens when a church and its shepherds are committed to this radical notion of gospel-centrality.

Jul 28

Shadows of Hell: Fear and Emptiness Before Death by Jim Elliff

How often have men and women entered “outer darkness” after pretending a life of faith in Christ?

Jul 28

The Pulpit and the Cliff by Luke Holmes

If you are privileged enough to proclaim God’s word in front of the church and don’t feel the weight of it, then you don’t understand what God has called you to do. 

Jul 27

The Pastor as a Church Member by Jared Sparks

Pastor, I want to invite you into this kind of existence. Jesus is the savior of the sheep, not you. Shepherd your people well by letting them shepherd you.

Jul 25

Two Views a Pastor Must Have by Casey Lewis

The man called to leadership within the church must see himself as overseeer and view his calling as a high calling that requires sacrifice and passion for the task.

Jul 25

The Importance of Kingdom-Focused Student Ministry by Mike Leake

I’m convinced that, instead of focusing on keeping students, a truly kingdom-focused church will be passionate about sending students.

Jul 24

When Serving The Local Church Isn't Fun by Bethany Mathis

No matter where you serve within in your church, it will require sacrifice. 

Jul 21

5 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor While Pursuing Ministry by Steven Leatherbury

The more we encourage our pastor through prayer the more we will realize our own need in the ministry God would have for us.  

Jul 21

Why We Sing With The Lights On by Ronni Kurtz

I fear that in our attempt to eliminate distractions we’ve also eliminated the corporate reality of worship.

Jul 20

A Pastor's Character Over His Competence by Chris Thomas

Give me a godly man with an average gift over the orator of the ages, whose character hasn’t been shaped by the gospel.

Jul 19

How Do You Respond When Corrected? by Steve Burchett

Scripture isn’t always meant to comfort us. Sometimes it addresses us in our pride, when we think incorrectly, or when we behave sinfully.

Jul 18

Pray for Forgetfulness by Brandon Freeman

To be free from self-reflection and consumed with the glory of the preaching moment is a gift of God.

Jul 17

The Bible is Better Than Google by Margaret Bronson

Because of His perfection, we know that what He says is reliably true. 

Jul 14

How Can Pastors Have a “Gospel-Centered” Ministry? by Owen Strachan

For the glory of God, the pastor labors to make the message of Christ’s finished work known to needy, hell-bound sinners.

Jul 13

Remember the Sabbath: Part 4 by Mike Ayers

The Sabbath separates us from the notion that the world can’t survive without us.

Jul 11

A Faithful Steward of My Other Pulpit by H.B. Charles, Jr.

I am tempted to erect a false dichotomy, where I recognize that the pulpit at my church is the Lord’s, but the “pulpit” on my smartphone is mine to use at my discretion.

Jul 11

Why Ministers Should Learn to Write Well by Steven Thompson

Both verbal and written communication are important because of the significance of the message we are conveying.

Jul 7

FTC Phoenix Videos by T. Patrick Hudson

Watch all the videos from the recent FTC: Phoenix event at the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention, including talks from Al Mohler, Mark Dever, Thom Rainer, and Jared C. Wilson.

Jul 7

5 Reasons Sermons Fail by Jason K. Allen

Sufficient preparation is indispensable to faithful preaching. Insufficient preparation makes mortals of us all.

Jul 7

Why You Will Join the Wrong Church by Sam Emadi

Instead of valuing consumerism, the Bible roots our membership in the idea of a covenant, which offers an infinitely superior alternative.

Jul 6

Remember the Sabbath: Part 3 by Mike Ayers

Transformation from true sabbath rest comes by renewing our minds, not simply amusing them.

Jul 6

Pastor, Don't Forsake the Goodness of Deep Friendships by Steve Bezner

When taking the risk to develop deep friendships with others, I find that most of my deepest pastoral worries never comes to pass.

Jul 3

VBS Is Worth The Cost by Ryan Higginbottom

We trust God to use his word as he sends it forth, and we pray for fruit.

Jun 30

Church Planting Across Ethnic Lines by Joel Kurz

When God burdens a preacher for a people group, a neighborhood, or a block, it’s right for that preacher to go and become all things to all people so that he might save some.

Jun 28

Stop Trying to Preach a Home Run by Chad Lengyel

Our hope is that God is incredibly generous with how much grace he dispenses and upon whom He dispenses it.

Jun 23

Suggestions for Pastors When Your Church is not Happy with You by Jim Elliff

The man I wanted to be was the man God prescribed, above all.

Jun 23

The Power of Company by Adam Kareus

The power of God flows through the Christian community and it also flows through our lives as we live alongside non-believers.

Jun 21

10 Signs You Are Burning Out by Jim Essian

We are holistic beings who need holistic rest.

Jun 21

The Blessings and Burdens of A Church Planter’s Wife by Gloria Furman

Church planting wives need to have the light of God’s Word shine on their various blessings and burdens.

Jun 21

How to Encourage Your Pastor by David McLemore

Trust that your pastor is following Jesus closely enough that you can trust him. 

Jun 19

How Ecclesiology is the Doctrine That Integrates All Others by Rick Holland

Considering the multiple dimensions of church life is like walking through one of those warehouse hardware stores. The complexities are countless.

Jun 19

A Revival Without Christ at the Center is Not Revival by Jared C. Wilson

Revival given of the Spirit of the living God, places Christ always and ever at the center.

Jun 16

The Routine Absurdity of Leaders Growing Large (Part 2) by Dave Harvey

God loves us so much that he will push us off the altar of our accomplishments. 

Jun 15

More than a Messenger

The Pastor as Farm-Steward and Soldier

For a pastor, the stewardship of the gospel message is best understood in light of the broader stewardship of the household of God.

Jun 15

A Few Words to Aspiring Pastors by Mike Brooks

Oh, that ministers-to-be might give themselves to the time and to the process of becoming the man God will use to shepherd his people.

Jun 14

No Lesser Women by Allyson Todd

Since we all bear God’s image, we should affirm and celebrate every kind of personality He has designed. 

Jun 13

Why Church Membership Matters by Jason K. Allen

Series: 2017 For The Church Conference at SBC - Phoenix

Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO