Resources by Jared Sparks

Jared Sparks is Pastor of Christ Church Carbondale (Illinois). He is a graduate of Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee and has a degree in student ministry. Jared is married to Jordan, and they have two sons, Ransom and Valor. Jared is the founder of The Shepherd's Crook, a pastor care ministry that exist to provide care, counsel, and resources for pastors.

Apr 5, 2017

The Unlikely Saint by Jared Sparks

One enters into eternal peace and joy. The other? “Depart from me. I never knew you.”

Feb 28, 2018

The Pastor's Calling by Jared Sparks

Before I am anything else, I am a man who has been saved and sustained by the God of the gospel. 

Jul 27, 2017

The Pastor as a Church Member by Jared Sparks

Pastor, I want to invite you into this kind of existence. Jesus is the savior of the sheep, not you. Shepherd your people well by letting them shepherd you.

Aug 7, 2019

The Millennial Pastor and the Looming Midlife Crisis by Jared Sparks

When a man is not okay with the life God has given him, he often pursues more not for the glory of God and building of His kingdom, but for the glory of self and building of the self-kingdom. 

May 13, 2016

The Lonely Pastor by Jared Sparks

Multiple pastors have confessed to me that they have few or no real friends. This is unacceptable. There is a better way.

Dec 13, 2018

The Error of Prosperity Theology by Jared Sparks

Our resurrection is coming! Every physical blessing in the heavenly places belongs to us. It is coming for us, but not yet.​

Sep 20, 2018

The Day I Blew Up the Children’s Ministry Meeting

A Lesson on Submission

The day after, everyone had cooled off a bit. I stepped into my mentor's office not knowing I was about to learn a lesson I would never forget.

Nov 7, 2015

The Biblical Celebrity Preacher by Jared Sparks

I bet he was okay having his name decrease so that Christ's name could increase.

Jun 10, 2016

Planting Through Shepherding by Jared Sparks

Escape the hoopla and step into the long view of planting by planting through shepherding.

Aug 9, 2016

Pastor, Don't Forget Jesus by Jared Sparks

For a people prone to forget, Paul's words to Timothy are a stirring call to rememberance. The reminder that Christ is at the center of all of life and ministry is a drink of cool water to parched and thirsty souls.

Dec 30, 2015

Open Doors and Adversaries by Jared Sparks

My wife and I are coming off a season of ministry when we had no clue what God was up to in our lives. We were in a very unhealthy situation and it seemed as if we had no way out or way forward.

Aug 1, 2018

My First Year Of Pastoral Ministry Was Insane by Jared Sparks

I forever abandoned the idea of using the Bible to preach what I wanted. I had to actually preach the Bible.

Feb 27, 2016

Keeping Justification and Adoption Together by Jared Sparks

Holding justification and adoption together is supremely important.

Oct 26, 2016

Jesus' Comforts Are Not 'One Size Fits All' by Jared Sparks

We would do well to learn how to grieve with people. 

Sep 22, 2017

Institutional Humility by Jared Sparks

Churches are called to function with institutional and missional piety. 

Dec 8, 2015

How 'It's Not a Religion, It's a Relationship' Is A Religion by Jared Sparks

If I feel like my relationship with Jesus is bad right now I can look to Jesus and remember it's all about Him.

Mar 21, 2018

Guilt Confusion by Jared Sparks

The Enemy of our souls and our sinful flesh has a way of adding terrible fuel to the raging fires of shame.

May 23, 2017

God's Multi-Faceted Sovereignty by Jared Sparks

When we embrace the multi-faceted reality of the sovereignty of God, we are equipped to help others in their time of need.

Oct 2, 2015

Encouragements for Pastors by Jared Sparks

When we understand the Gospel, we are secure with being who God calls us to be. Our identity is never going to be found in the shadows or footsteps of other preachers.

Nov 8, 2019

Devotion to Good Works by Jared Sparks

We need to remember that we were culpable products of our sinful environment as well. 

Nov 19, 2015

Denial, Acceptance, and Radical Grace by Jared Sparks

Do we have confidence in our savior Jesus? Are we secure in the fact that Jesus will have us?

Jul 15, 2016

Demonically Good Theology by Jared Sparks

It is true. You can say the right thing in the wrong way.

Jan 23, 2016

Bragging About Accepting Jesus is Weird by Jared Sparks

Why then is it so easy for us to do this with the gift of salvation?

Nov 18, 2016

Are You Married to the Law of Christ? by Jared Sparks

The faithful husband, namely Jesus, was judged in my place for my sin. 

May 9, 2019

5 Things I Hope are True of Me When I Retire by Jared Sparks

As I think about a future "retirement" from formal ministry, there are five things I hope are true about me at that time.

Feb 26, 2019

5 Callings More Noble than that of Pastor by Jared Sparks

Oh yes, being a pastor and preaching the Bible is a high, great, and glorious call. But, it is not the highest, greatest, and glorious call of all. ​