Resources on Church

Oct 13, 2015

Your Small Group Should Read Out Loud by Jared Musgrove

The Word of God was and has always been a community experience.

Aug 8, 2016

Your Pastor's Wife Should Have Church Friends by Whitney Putnam

Countless times it’s been whispered to me, as if it is a sacred secret, “In order to survive as a pastor’s wife, you must not make any friends.”

Aug 21, 2014

Young(ish), Settled, and Reformed by Jared C. Wilson

… for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God… —from Acts 5:38-39

It has been asked in a variety of ways from the outside and the inside since the so-called "young, restless, and Reformed" tribe hit the threshold of unignorable visibility: Can this movement be sustained? Is it just a fad? What are your concerns, fears, and…

Dec 17, 2015

You Need Gospel Community by Brad Gray

The gospel is uniquely relational—it’s about people. Thus, to separate yourself from people and attempt to survive the turmoil and travail of life on your own is to ignore the gospel altogether.

Sep 30, 2016

You Know You're Really Preaching the Gospel When... by Dave Harvey

Ministry is about becoming less impressed with yourself and more smitten with the Savior. 

Nov 25, 2015

You Don't Need Your Perfect Church Now by Stephen Miller

Your imperfect church is God’s way of loving your idolatry out of you.

Oct 25, 2015

Worship According to Habakkuk by K.V. Paxton

Worship should change us. If we are encountered by the same God Habakkuk speaks of, we will be transformed. We will leave different than we were when we came. If we aren’t transformed, we aren’t worshipping.

Apr 28, 2015

Why We Need a Gospel-Centered, Missional Church by Joel Lindsey

Sadly, because of its inability, and often unwillingness, to adapt to its surroundings, the church lost its point of contact with culture, and with that, its voice and influence. Thus the need for a gospel-centered missional church. But what is a gospel-centered, missional church?

Apr 21, 2016

Why We Do Membership Interviews by Adam McClendon

Here are three reasons to conduct membership interviews with everyone seeking to join your church.

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.

Aug 18, 2015

Why People Leave Big Churches by Darrin Patrick

People that have embraced the mission look at the "issues" a church has as opportunities.

Jun 6, 2015

Why Ordination? by Rob Trahan

Since churches looking for pastoral candidates seem to be all the map when it comes to ordination, does it make sense for aspiring ministers to pursue it?

Oct 14, 2016

Why Multigenerational Community Matters by Adam McClendon

Be humble and open to correction from those inside and outside your peer group.

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

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

Series: For The Church Conference - 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.

May 21, 2015

Where Did All These Rappers-Turned-Pastors Come From? by Tony Shepherd

Many of us wondered why our favorite artists articulated a view of God so much bigger than our pastors. Many of us were using podcasts as a way to connect with pastors that preached the same glorious truths.  But still, many of us were functionally church orphans. And no movement, even Gospel-centered movements, can expect to be sustained apart from the local church.

May 14, 2015

When Revival? How Revival? by Staff

What brings about such seasons? Is it even right to talk about ways and means?

May 13, 2015

When Church Members Want to Leave by Jonathan Leeman

 How should you respond to a fellow member who is leaving for what sounds like a bad reason?

Nov 29, 2015

When Church Leaders Get Gossiped About by Matt Mitchell

It hurts to be gossiped about. Because church leaders are out in front, their lives can be closely scrutinized. They make obvious targets. And no leader is immune, no matter how godly.

Nov 23, 2015

What We Talk Like When We Talk About God by Jared C. Wilson

"The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth blog about how cool he is with, you know, whatever your deal is, man."

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.

Jul 23, 2015

What to Do With 'Some People Are Saying . . .' by Jared C. Wilson

The pastor should give no harbor to about-talk that avoids to-talk.

Sep 12, 2016

What To Do (and What Not To Do) When Your Pastor Resigns by Jared C. Wilson

We sometimes expect pastors leaving under bad terms to leave a bad taste in the church’s mouth, but we don’t really think about what can go wrong when an otherwise good pastor leaves under otherwise good circumstances.

Apr 4, 2014

What's Wrong With Producing a "Worship Experience"? by Jared C. Wilson

"The only thing of value the church has to offer is the gospel."

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 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.

Apr 27, 2015

What Small Churches Can Do, Part One by Joe Thorn

As I have seen several churches in my area continue to dwindle in size I have watched the leadership of many of these churches settle into into one of three dangerous mentalities . . .

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?

Mar 11, 2016

What Should You Look for in a Church? by Jim Elliff

It's just this simple: a church is a good church only if it pursues what its Head desires.

Jun 27, 2015

What NASCAR Taught Me About Church by Jeff Crawford

As I was watching Speedweek’s events, particularly the qualifying duels on the Thursday before the 500, I learned something about, of all things, the church.

Apr 20, 2016

'What Do People Want?' is The Wrong Question by Greg Spires

Trying to figure out what people want will always lead to ministry that is opposed to gospel centered ministry

Apr 22, 2015

What Does It Mean to be "For The Church?" by Jared C. Wilson

There are lots of websites that exist for the church. This is what it means for us to be For The Church . . .

Sep 30, 2014

We Need Christian Community by Casey Lewis

When I was in high school and college, I used to work out all the time. I went to the gym four times a week and I would work out for a couple of hours each time I went. To help with my workouts, I read books and magazines. I took supplements. I charted my workouts writing down how much weight I was lifting and how many reps I was…

Oct 4, 2015

We Are 'They' by Jason Alligood

The task before the leadership is to disciple these dear people in their understanding that in fact, “we are they.”

Sep 14, 2016

We Are Not In Competition

Lessons of a Universal Scoreboard

 Let’s aim for a universal scoreboard. And give God glory that we get to play in the Games at all. 

Nov 11, 2016

Walk in the Light by Jared C. Wilson

Whole relationships carry on in the dark sometimes, especially in churches, where everyone is in relationship with everybody's projected version of themselves, with facades.

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.

May 20, 2015

Too Big Not To Fail by Jared C. Wilson

We think bigness is the way. We think bigness solves lots of problems. We think bigness is safety. We think we can get too big to fail. But it's the other way around.

Mar 30, 2016

To Know and Be Known by Jason Alligood

We need to be truthful to those in our church community, so that they can come along side of us and help. We need this because we all are redeemed, yet struggling sinners.

Apr 24, 2015

The Transformation the Church Needs by Staff

"If there is to be a renewal, it will be a renewal that grows out of the blazing center that is the glory of God in the face of Christ."

Aug 16, 2015

The Three Generosities of a Local Church by Jared C. Wilson

A gospel-centered church will grow into a kingdom-mindedness that is a constant reminder that no local church owns anybody and that what is best for every local church is whatever is best for the expansion of the gospel and worship of Christ.

Feb 23, 2016

The Thing About Old People by Steve Bezner

If there is one common question I receive from young or new pastors, it is this: How do I lead the senior adults in my church?

Jun 14, 2016

The SBC and The 21st Century

Reflection, Renewal, and Recommitment

by Staff

The Southern Baptist Convention is currently facing issues that challenge its identity, heritage, and future. In The SBC and the 21st Century, key leaders—including Jason Allen, Frank Page, Ronnie Floyd, Thom Rainer, Albert Mohler, Paige Patterson, David Platt, and Danny Akin—address these issues.
 

May 15, 2015

The Rural Church Dilemma by Jim Elliff

What happens when the young seminarian or college ministerial student takes his first churches in these areas? And what should the committed rural pastor think about his church’s future?

Jul 7, 2015

The Road Not Taken by Jonathan Elliff

I believe we are in an age where pastors and churchgoers alike are at a fork in the road when it comes to the kind of pastor they will be and what kind of church they will serve.  And it boils down to a choice between the well-worn road and the road less traveled.

Sep 30, 2015

The Reputation of Your Church by Jason Alligood

Pastor, what do you desire your church to be known for?

Oct 21, 2015

The Prodigal Church

A Gentle Manifesto Against The Status Quo

by Staff

In his new book The Prodigal Church, FTC Managing Editor Jared C. Wilson presents "a gentle manifesto against the status quo," urging the church to rethink some of its more recent traditions and re-center on the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jun 29, 2015

The Long-Term Consequences of Pragmatism in the Church by Jonathan Leeman

When one generation of Christians decides to downplay or relativize or pragmatize the local church, they just might find that the next generation no longer values the same gospel.