Resources by Adam McClendon

Adam McClendon, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is Director of the D.Min program at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and founder and director of New Line Ministries. He is also the author of Paul's Spirituality in Galatians.

Oct 28, 2016

Worthy of Honor by Adam McClendon

God is worthy and due our honor and glory.

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.

Oct 14, 2016

Why Multigenerational Community Matters by Adam McClendon

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

Oct 31, 2017

Why Me, Cruel World? by Adam McClendon

How dare we question the faithfulness, the grace, the mercy, and the love of God because he has not orchestrated circumstances to attend to our every desire?

Aug 13, 2015

The High Places by Adam McClendon

All of this makes me wonder:  If a king doing "what is right in the eyes of the Lord" could miss such blatant idolatry . . . couldn’t I? 

Jan 30, 2016

The Enemy Within by Adam McClendon

I don’t “have to” read my Bible every day, I need to.

May 26, 2016

Teaching Our Children God-Honoring Sexuality by Adam McClendon

Engaging our children in healthy, God-honoring conversations about sexuality is less about "keeping up with culture", and more about learning to set the pace.

Oct 5, 2015

Spiritual Amnesia by Adam McClendon

I come to church and remember how awesome God is, how wonderful my salvation is, and how glorious heaven is, and then, after leaving, I act like my world is falling apart at the first hint of difficulty. 

Aug 21, 2017

Showing and Growing: 10 Practical Steps for Community by Adam McClendon

If the average church member would seek to live out these principles, they would find deeper relationships and have a much richer sense of purpose.

Nov 30, 2017

Reflections on Restoration by Adam McClendon

When believers understand the depth of their sin and the unbelievable forgiveness they have experienced from God, it changes their approach to sin.

Nov 28, 2015

Proven Savior by Adam McClendon

He frustratingly questioned, “If all this is Bible stuff is true, why won’t God just prove that he is real!? Why won’t God just prove he loves me!?”

Aug 22, 2015

Prepare for the After-Show by Adam McClendon

A desire exists to be famous and live for the applause of others despite reality showing us that the applause does not satisfy. Nor does the applause last.

May 12, 2015

Preaching When Distressed by Adam McClendon

Distractions of all forms hit pastors. These distractions are circumstances that burden the pastor’s heart to such an extent that it threatens their ability to properly prepare for preaching the Bible faithfully.

Aug 11, 2016

Politics, Propaganda, and Practicing What We Preach by Adam McClendon

Throughout the Scriptures, believers are challenged to respond to society in a way reflective of the amazing love and grace we have received from God, while not allowing thoughts of self-preservation to dictate the ways in which we interact with our culture.

Aug 2, 2017

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. 

Feb 8

Pastors and the Porn Problem by Adam McClendon

Confession isn’t solely so the confessor can feel better because someone else knows. No, it is confession for the sake of change and accountability.

Dec 28, 2016

Parenting for a Spiritual Legacy - Part 2 by Adam McClendon

These 4 recommendations will help you create a culture of discipleship in your home.

Dec 21, 2016

Parenting for a Spiritual Legacy - Part 1 by Adam McClendon

Your spiritual legacy and that which you impress within the life of your children will be influenced by these four areas

Jun 28, 2016

On Leadership and Maintaining Moral Authority by Adam McClendon

Moral integrity helps to gain respect and influence in our culture; however, when our moral authority is compromised it undercuts our influence and our ability to lead effectively.

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Adam McClendon

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Adam McClendon

What is the one thing you would say to the new pastor?

Series: One Thing

"What is the one thing you would say to the new pastor?"

Aug 9, 2015

More Than Sovereign by Adam McClendon

Is God good?  As I reflected upon this question, I had a decision to make.  If the answer was “yes,” then that answer had to hold even if God allowed my child to die.

Nov 6, 2015

Ministering Through the Desert by Adam McClendon

I don’t recall struggling consistently with depression before I entered the ministry.

Mar 16, 2017

Living to Honor, Not to Earn by Adam McClendon

My friends, let us be a church that savors, promotes, and clings to grace. 

Jan 26, 2017

Leading Meetings with Humility by Adam McClendon

As we acknowledge the need to lead humbly, what does godly, humble leadership look like in the day-to-day?

Apr 27, 2017

Jesus and the Broken-Hearted by Adam McClendon

Our response to Jesus will often be proportionate to our understanding of the egregiousness of our sin.

Jun 14, 2015

I'm Not Nervous (and That's Not Bad) by Adam McClendon

I regularly hear conference speakers claim that if someone isn’t nervous before they stand up to declare the words of God then something is wrong.  I'm not sure this is right.

Jul 28, 2016

Illustrating the Truth by Adam McClendon

illustrations are often a critical part of preaching and can help crystalize truth. However, illustrations that are not developed or used well can actually distract or mislead from the truth and, in some cases, call your credibility into question.

May 5, 2015

I Bought a Nice Sofa - Then I Repented by Adam McClendon

Seeking to leverage ministry for comfort goes against the grain of the ministry picture in the New Testament.

Mar 1, 2017

How to Leave a Church by Adam McClendon

If you are a leader and you’ve led them thus far, lead them further by giving them some space to plan, pray, and get collected. 

Nov 14, 2015

Guiding Light by Adam McClendon

Peter introduces his letter to God’s chosen people with a glimpse of the front porch light.

Jul 21, 2016

God, Creation, and Homosexual Desire by Adam McClendon

For the believer committed to upholding the authority of God's Word, seemingly inherent desires never justify a choice to sin. The real issue at the heart of the matter is the answer to the question: “Which matters most to me, the way I feel or what God says?”

Jul 12, 2016

Found Hope by Adam McClendon

God never leaves his child behind.  He promises to recover them all and see them safely to their heavenly hope.

Jun 9, 2015

Fast Forward by Adam McClendon

The better the ending the less necessary the tension. When I know something will end well, I don’t have to fret as much in the middle.

Oct 3, 2017

Engaging Others with the Gospel by Adam McClendon

We tend to get frustrated because we want instantaneous results, yet God wants faithful laborers who will patiently sow seed.

Jun 8, 2017

Elements of Effective Prayer by Adam McClendon

Prayer is an important aspect of the spiritual life, but if we were honest, we’d probably admit that we pray much less than we ought

Feb 13, 2017

Do You Pray For Your Competitors? by Adam McClendon

What if we refused to be threatened by our sister churches and instead committed to pray for them?

Jun 29, 2017

Distracted Living Isn't So Bad by Adam McClendon

While distracted driving is bad, distracted living can be great. In fact, it can be liberating.

Mar 9, 2017

Confrontational Love by Adam McClendon

A community that lives with love enough to both provide and receive gentle rebukes from one another makes for an incredible family.

Apr 18, 2017

Checking Our Compassion Gauges by Adam McClendon

Let us be radically compassionate because of the radical compassion we have richly received from Jesus.

Jan 22, 2016

Blind to My Blessings by Adam McClendon

So, I was off to a great morning to jog and talk to the Lord.  As I began to jog and pray, I became pretty convicted of all that I take for granted.

Oct 30, 2015

A Word of Caution from John 16 by Adam McClendon

Let us listen to wisdom and grow in grace and knowledge as we seek to be the community that God intended for us to be.

Dec 26, 2015

A Signaling Savior by Adam McClendon

Our present difficulties do not dismiss God’s future promises.

Jan 15, 2016

A Rebuke That Changed Me by Adam McClendon

What helped reenergize my passion and joy for ministry? A 14-year-old blessed daughter with a righteous perspective.

Jun 20, 2015

A Privileged People by Adam McClendon

Circumstances may currently be tough, but they are temporary.  On the other side of this life, a future glory awaits.  Don’t forget that.

Apr 7, 2016

A Praying Church by Adam McClendon

God has called his church to live in a constant conversation seeking him in the midst of all things at all times.

Nov 16, 2017

A Praiseworthy Perspective by Adam McClendon

Rejoice in such a way that the world takes notice and stands in admiration of and experiences longing for the joy your possess.