Resources by Jason K. Allen

Jason K. Allen is the President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to his seminary duties, Allen has served as pastor and interim pastor of several Southern Baptist churches. Dr. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, as well as M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary. Currently, in addition to his responsibilities as president of Midwestern Seminary, he serves the church more broadly through writing and preaching ministries.

Apr 7

Why I Admire Pastors and You Should Too by Jason K. Allen

Most of the pastors I know garner my trust and respect and deserve my prayers and support. 

Jun 13

Why Church Membership Matters by Jason K. Allen

Series: 2017 For The Church Conference at SBC - Phoenix

Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO

Jun 16, 2015

Why are you committed to expository preaching? by Jason K. Allen

Series: 2015 For The Church Conference at SBC - Columbus

Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Seminary, shares why he is committed to expository preaching at the For The Church Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, June 16.

Sep 15, 2015

Where Are All The Godly Men? by Jason K. Allen

It seems as though the designation “man of God” has gone the way of the bus ministry and the youth choir—a largely passé referent to a bygone era of church life.

Aug 31, 2015

Truth and the Church

Session 1

Series: 2015 For The Church Conference

Dr. Jason K. Allen leads session one at The For The Church Conference on The Truth and the Church.

Apr 13, 2016

The One Passion Every Pastor Must Have by Jason K. Allen

 To pursue ministry but not having a passion for the gospel and fulfilling the Great Commission is like pursuing medicine, but not liking patients.

Mar 15, 2016

The One Gift Every Pastor Must Have by Jason K. Allen

When you stand before God’s people with Bible in hand, "the tide goes out." It is in those moments, when you attempt to speak on behalf of God, that all will see the veracity of your calling.

Jan 12

The Essential Marks of a Preacher by Jason K. Allen

If God has called you to be His preacher, never stoop to be a king of men.

May 18

The 4 Biblical Marks of Corporate Worship by Jason K. Allen

Our attempts to improve Christian worship may, in fact, distract from it. Often, less actually is more. There can be a beauty in simplicity.

Jan 19, 2016

Our Trinitarian Faith

A Sermon on 1 Peter 1:1-2

Series: 2016 Spring Chapel

Dr. Jason K. Allen, President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College, preaches the Spring 2016 Convocation service in a message titled "Our Trinitarian Faith" from 1 Peter 1:1-2.

Jun 8, 2015

On Preaching and Public Invitations by Jason K. Allen

Should the sermon conclude with an invitation?

Dec 14, 2016

Living in Light of Jesus' Return by Jason K. Allen

The church’s attention to Jesus’ return seems to be seasonal, with interest rising and falling based upon a host of issues, most especially current geo-political events. The need of the hour is not for more end-times speculation, but an impact upon how we live the Christian life every day.

Sep 12

Keeping the Faith: Spurgeon and the Downgrade Controversy by Jason K. Allen

As Christians, we are called to share our faith, but we are also called to keep it.

Nov 17, 2016

Is Your Household in Order? by Jason K. Allen

As pastors, we don’t want our ministry pursuit to become a weighty expectation for our family where they are more actors than people, living in a legalistic bubble of religious decorum.

Dec 23, 2015

How Do You Know if a Sermon is Expository? by Jason K. Allen

“Preaching the word” is marked by these three essentials . . .

Sep 29, 2016

Has God Called You to the Ministry? by Jason K. Allen

Most Christians have an undeveloped, insufficiently informed understanding of what it means to be called to the ministry. Consider these ten questions, which serve as indicators God has indeed called you to ministry.

Mar 27, 2015

God, the Gospel, and Getting Things Done

Panel Discussion with Matt Perman, Jason Allen, and Charles Smith

Midwestern Seminary's President Jason K. Allen and Vice President for Institutional Relations Charles Smith discuss the practicalities of gospel-centered productivity with Matt Perman, leadership coach and author of What's Best Next?

Mar 15

Do You Desire The Ministry? by Jason K. Allen

There is no such thing as a pastor who knows only the burden of leadership or only the sweat of service.

Aug 8

Brothers, We Are Not Amateurs

A Plea for Ministry Preparation

God may well use you in spite of a lack of formal training, but if you have accessibility to theological education, why find out?

Jun 21, 2016

Balancing Ministry and Family Time by Jason K. Allen

In ministry, we must protect our families, but we need not sequester them. Balance is hard to find, but perhaps these five principles will help.

Apr 25, 2015

As One with Authority

On Fred Craddock and Authoritative Preaching

The modern mind may well be adverse to authority and disinclined to trust the “sage on the stage.” Nonetheless, where there is no authority, there is no true preaching.

Feb 2, 2016

9 Disciplines of a Successful Seminary Student by Jason K. Allen

It is better get an ‘A’ at home and a ‘C’ in the classroom, than an ‘A’ in the classroom and a ‘C’ at home.

Jul 12, 2016

7 Theological Issues Confronting the Local Church by Jason K. Allen

There is something far worse than not having a crisis to engage. It is having a crisis but not engaging it. Faithfulness in our generation requires the church, and the pastors that lead it, to do our duty of preserving the faith and supporting the church. 

May 26, 2015

7 Questions to Answer Before Your Next Sermon by Jason K. Allen

I can overlook an essential element to the preaching process if I don’t intentionally pause and reflect upon the task at hand. These seven questions help me do just that.

Feb 24

6 Tips for Preaching in a Missionary Context by Jason K. Allen

We should strive to preach our best sermons in overseas contexts.

Nov 11, 2015

5 Words That Weaken Every Sermon by Jason K. Allen

 Successful sermons optimally leverage words to explain the meaning of the text and to bring it to bear in the lives of the congregants. Strategically deploying words can strengthen a preaching event, but carelessly letting unhelpful words clutter the sermon will weaken it.

Nov 18, 2015

5 Words That Strengthen Every Sermon by Jason K. Allen

Preaching is too consequential to settle for subpar sermons. These five words will help any preacher step up their game.

Jun 2

5 Rules for Sermon Illustrations by Jason K. Allen

Always seek to feed your people, do not settle for unhelpful—or even less helpful— diversions.

Jul 7

5 Reasons Sermons Fail by Jason K. Allen

Sufficient preparation is indispensable to faithful preaching. Insufficient preparation makes mortals of us all.

May 18, 2016

5 Keys to Cultivating Biblical Manhood in Your Church by Jason K. Allen

Where there is a lack of men—mature, godly men—the church will invariably suffer.

Aug 31

4 Ways My Preaching Has Evolved (And How Yours Should Too) by Jason K. Allen

If you can’t point to ways your preaching has evolved over the years, it could be you were exceptionally gifted from the start, or it may mean you’re still preaching junior varsity sermons.

Dec 18, 2015

4 Reasons You Should Pray For Your Pastor Daily by Jason K. Allen

As a pastor, few things warmed my heart more than church members telling me they prayed for me daily.

Apr 22, 2015

4 Marks of Faithful Preaching by Jason K. Allen

Paul's instruction to his young protege in 2 Timothy 4:1-5 is a glorious reminder of the great burden and privilege of the call to preach the word.

Mar 30

3 Reasons Young People Leave the Church by Jason K. Allen

70 percent of 18–22 year-olds stop attending church for at least one year, and a majority of 20 year-olds leave church, often never to return.

Aug 11, 2015

3 Motivations for Parents to Avoid by Jason K. Allen

Over the past decade, I’ve witnessed in others—and, unfortunately, in myself—three parental motivations to avoid. Like weeds that force their way through the best-cultivated garden or thickest concrete, these motivations seem stubborn, always reappearing; resilient, always resurfacing.

Aug 9, 2016

3 Ingredients for Faithful Preaching by Jason K. Allen

It is too high and too glorious a calling for just anyone to preach just anything for just any reason in just any way. Preaching is to be done by a man, called of God, who is compelled to herald the Bible with full conviction and faithful interpretation.

Oct 19, 2016

10 Tips for Leading Kids to Christ by Jason K. Allen

If you are seeking to influence little ones toward Christ, you might find these ten tips helpful.