Pastoral Ministry Collection

During the month of October, the FTC editorial team has pulled a series of articles designed to encourage, edify, and equip pastors in their calling. Pastoral ministry is increasingly difficult in our culture so our hope and prayer is that these articles help sustain you as you serve the local church. New articles will be added every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month.

Apr 3

Pastors Are Paid to Stare Out the Window by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Pastoral Ministry Collection

Pastoral ministry is more art than science, and as such, it requires deeply thinking and deeply formed people to carry it out.

Mar 20

There is Something Better than Never Suffering by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Pastoral Ministry Collection

In the weakness of suffering, Christ will be your strength.

Feb 6

Shepherds Feed the Sheep by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Pastoral Ministry Collection

Pastor, what is your job when the sheep wander back into your pen on Sunday morning? Is it not to lay out the feast of the unsearchable riches of Christ?

Oct 27

A Plea to Church Members: Give Your Pastor Grace by K.V. Paxton

Series: Pastoral Ministry Collection

I tell you all of this to offer a simple plea in these strange times: give your pastor grace.

Oct 25

Pastor, Your Body Keeps the Score by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Pastoral Ministry Collection

The emotional and spiritual weight of normal ministry is very heavy by itself. Good pastors take seriously the reality that they are responsible for the souls of their flocks, that they will give an account for all the precious people stewarded to them. Add to that normal weight conflict, harsh treatment, gossip, false accusations, weaponized disappointments, the frequent loneliness of leadership, financial stressors, and the like, and — well — the pastor’s body will keep the score.

Oct 20

3 Ways to Turn Against Your Pastor by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Pastoral Ministry Collection

These dangers are possible in every church, because every church is made up of sinners — both pastors and laypeople alike.

Oct 18

Your Weird Church is “Plan A” and There is No “Plan B” by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Pastoral Ministry Collection

As weird and messy as your church is, there is only a miracle to be gained by offering up your very selves to the Lord who made you and loves you.

Oct 13

I Don’t Want To Be A Pastor Anymore by Jeremy Burrage

Series: Pastoral Ministry Collection

God has created a culture where brokenness, transparency, and honesty are welcomed, not shunned.

Oct 11

A Prayer for the Pastor’s Wife by Becky Wilson

Series: Pastoral Ministry Collection

A prayer that the pastor's wife will be eternally fascinated and astonished by the gospel and that it will transform every aspect of her life.

Oct 6

How to Encourage Your Pastor by David McLemore

Series: Pastoral Ministry Collection

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