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Michael Kelley On Our Fear of The Boring

Why shouldn't we be afraid of mundane or boring things?

Elicia Horton on Longevity in Marriage

What is a key ingredient for longevity in marriage?

D.A. Horton on the Importance of Reaching College Students

Why should ministries concern themselves with reaching college students?

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Every pastor, at some point in their ministry, will encounter criticism. However, how a person responds to criticism is not necessarily something that happens naturally wholesome. Joel R. Beeke and Nick Thompson, in their new book, Pastors and their Critics: A Guide to Coping with Criticism in the Ministry, discuss a common but unaddressed problem that is unfortunately pervasive within the church today. They aim to speak to the question of how one should respond to destructive criticism toward the pastor. They address the problem in four parts, setting first a biblical foundation, then writing on practical principles for coping, and then giving constructive criticism, while lastly giving an idea on how to cast a theological…

Episode 180: Brief Thoughts on Bivocational Ministry

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson discuss the challenges of a bivocational pastorate and offer some advice on navigating the ministry circumstances well.

Episode 179: Cameron Cole on Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with Cameron Cole, chairman of Rooted Ministries, about the state of student ministry in American evangelicalism and what greater gospel-centrality in these ministries would look like.

Episode 178: Spitballing on Cultural Engagement

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson talk about the tricky issue of the church “engaging the culture.” What should that look like? What should it not? From participation in Halloween to navigating cultural artifacts like movies, music, or even politics, what are some ways Christians should think about such things?

Episode 177: Brant Hansen on The Men We Need

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with radio host and author Brant Hansen about Christian manhood — its problems and promise — about godly ambition, toxic masculinity, and the like, as well as Asperger’s, mission, and more.



Latest Resources

Oct 5

Day 5 – Ability to Resist Temptation by Staff

Series: 31 Prayers for Pastors

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” – Ephesians 6:10-11 Day 5 – Ability to Resist Temptation In 1 Peter, Scripture describes the spiritual warfare present in our lives […]

Oct 5

Episode 180: Brief Thoughts on Bivocational Ministry by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson discuss the challenges of a bivocational pastorate and offer some advice on navigating the ministry circumstances well.

Oct 5

Legal Issues in Biblical Counseling by Dale Johnson

Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted with permission from Legal Issues in Biblical Counseling by Dale Johnson, published by New Growth Press. This book is available everywhere Christian books are sold. The origin of this book lies in the numerous questions I have received regarding the application of scriptural principles to legal issues. The pressures […]

Oct 4

Day 4 – Personal Holiness by Staff

Series: 31 Prayers for Pastors

“But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” – 1 Peter 15:16 Day 4- Personal Holiness A pastor’s public ministry should never outpace their personal holiness. Nevertheless, temptations abound daily to prioritize good things over […]

Oct 4

Pastors Are Special by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Pastoral Ministry Collection

I’m convinced that too few church members often think about the burdens and responsibilities that really do make ministry special.

Oct 3

Day 3 – Trust in the Lord by Staff

Series: 31 Prayers for Pastors

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 Day 3 – Trust in the Lord Throughout the normal rhythms of life, it can be easy for all of us, including pastors, […]

Oct 3

A Thrill of Hope by Jared C. Wilson

Today, then, as you think about what may feel like a long road of Advent before you, remember that as tired or wounded as this season may find you, the day is coming—and not too far off now—when the blessed hope (Titus 2:13) will appear and you will be able to say, “I knew it all along!” If it helps you hope, you could even sing some Christmas carols today.

Oct 2

Day 2 – Commitment to your Calling by Staff

Series: 31 Prayers for Pastors

“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.” – 1 Timothy 3:1 Day 2 – Commitment to your Calling The calling to commit your life to pastoral ministry is one that often takes time to process, discern, and pursue. The pastorate is a noble and honorable […]

Oct 1

Day 1 – Love for the Word by Staff

Series: 31 Prayers for Pastors

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” – Colossians 3:16 Day 1 – Love for the Word As we kick off the month of October and reflect on Pastor Appreciation Month, […]

Sep 29

The Local Church Is Your Spiritual Gifts Test by Justin Jackson

It is a good and noble pursuit to ask how God has gifted us to serve his church. We find a call for such assessment in Romans 12. Paul writes that believers are to “think with sober judgment” (v. 3) as they consider how to use their gifts in the body of Christ. However, the […]

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