Pastoral

Feb 21

Episode 251: FTC Mailbag by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

On this latest Mailbag installment of the For the Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson answer your submitted questions and topics. This episode features discussion of: pastoral priorities, church first impressions, thoughts on church “vision,” planting vs. revitalization, tailoring worship songs for generational attraction, how to know if you’re called to ministry, and what “threat” Christian nationalism might pose to the church.

Feb 7

Episode 249: Leading with Brokenness by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson discuss the ins and outs of ministry brokenness. AW Tozer once said, “Before God blesses a man greatly, he must hurt him deeply.” Is that true? How does such thinking play out in terms of leading with transparency, honesty, and confession? What does it look like for ministers to lead with, from, and even *to* brokenness?

Jan 24

Episode 247: FTC Mailbag by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

A new mailbag installment is here! A couple good questions on preaching, whether it’s ever permissible to “sprinke” rather than immerse, what to do with an unqualified elder team, how important is it to know the biblical languages?, moving a church away from a senior pastor model, and more.

Dec 13

Episode 241: FTC Mailbag by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

It’s a Mailbag episode! On this week’s For the Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson answer your questions and discuss your submitted topics, including how to handle burnout and ministry discouragement, advice for pastors who have unmarried couples who are cohabitating, developing a culture of Bible readers in the church, the place of apologetics or academic discussions in preaching, identifying potential elders, and even our favorite dad jokes.

Dec 6

Episode 240: Church Size Dynamics by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

Different size churches experience different cultural and communal dynamics. Different size churches need different kinds of leadership, as well. On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson talk about how church size affects church experience and church ministry.

Sep 6

Episode 227: FTC Mailbag by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

It’s another Mailbag installment of the FTC Podcast. This time Jared and Ross discuss listener-submitted questions on patriotic worship services, difficult books of the Bible, communicating to a church a pastor’s transition, discipleship with and for the disabled, how to know when one is ready to take a lead pastorate, and more.

May 3

Episode 209: The Care and Feeding of Pastors by Jared C. Wilson and Ross Ferguson

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ross Ferguson talk about how church members can support and encourage their pastors — and why this work is so important and a benefit to the church!

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 22

Episode 203: Jeremy Writebol on Hope for the Burned-Out Pastor by Jared C. Wilson and Jeremy Writebol

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with pastor and author Jeremy Writebol about his new book *Pastor, Jesus is Enough* and the problem of ministerial burnout.

Feb 13

3 Surprising Agreements Pastors Must Make by Jared C. Wilson

These are not the agreements we set out to make when we obey God’s call or accept a church’s appointment to the pastoral office, but these are agreements we make anyway. They just come with the territory.