Most of the pastors I know garner my trust and respect and deserve my prayers and support.
Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO
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.
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.
The biblical expectations are high, and the nonbiblical ones held by many churches are higher still.
The preacher does not preach from the text or on the text, he preaches the text—thus limiting the sermon’s application to the point of the passage preached.
What does it mean for a preacher to be faithful? How does one even measure a preacher’s faithfulness?
Dr. Jason K. Allen leads session one at The For The Church Conference on The Truth and the Church.
To pursue ministry but not having a passion for the gospel and fulfilling the Great Commission is like pursuing medicine, but not liking patients.
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.
Jason K. Allen's message on "The Minister's Preaching" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.
God's providence is always good, beyond improvement. Thus, he crafted your story, including your past, for his own, optimum glory.
The Bible itself describes our lives as vapors that vanish quickly. We must recognize today that we are not promised tomorrow.
May we be content to fulfill what God has called us unto—nothing less, but nothing more— and then rest in his goodness.
If God has called you to be His preacher, never stoop to be a king of men.
Dr. Jason K. Allen's message on "The Church's Commission" delivered at the 2017 For The Church Micro-Conference at Ames, Iowa.
Our attempts to improve Christian worship may, in fact, distract from it. Often, less actually is more. There can be a beauty in simplicity.
He who lives in light of the five solas will experience a more fulfilled and fruitful Christian life.
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.
Should the sermon conclude with an invitation?
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.
As Christians, we are called to share our faith, but we are also called to keep it.
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.
“Preaching the word” is marked by these three essentials . . .
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.
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?
There is no such thing as a pastor who knows only the burden of leadership or only the sweat of service.
God may well use you in spite of a lack of formal training, but if you have accessibility to theological education, why find out?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We should strive to preach our best sermons in overseas contexts.
Not everyone can preach a sermon, lead a Bible study, or persuasively advocate for biblical truth, but every believer can and must engage in Bible intake.
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.
Preaching is too consequential to settle for subpar sermons. These five words will help any preacher step up their game.
Always seek to feed your people, do not settle for unhelpful—or even less helpful— diversions.
Sufficient preparation is indispensable to faithful preaching. Insufficient preparation makes mortals of us all.
Where there is a lack of men—mature, godly men—the church will invariably suffer.
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.
As a pastor, few things warmed my heart more than church members telling me they prayed for me daily.
One can be a godly man without being a pastor, but one cannot be a faithful pastor without being a godly man.
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.
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.
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.