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.

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.

Aug 16

An Interview with Jason K. Allen

Dr. Allen answers questions about his new book

Dr. Allen answers questions about his new book, Letters to My Students, Vol 1: On Preaching.

Jul 18, 2018

9 Ways to Optimize Your Time Away by Jason K. Allen

While on vacation, I reflect on my life in every dimension, seek to identify personal weaknesses, and strive to strengthen them. 

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. 

Sep 5

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, 2017

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

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

Nov 28, 2017

6 Simple Steps to Revolutionize your Spiritual Life by Jason K. Allen

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.

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 13

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.

Feb 7

5 Reasons Why I Enjoy Reading Biographies by Jason K. Allen

In the spirit of Hebrews 11, reading good biographies summons forth a veritable chorus of cheers, encouraging us to lay aside every encumbrance and sin that so easily entangles us and to run with endurance the race set before us.

Jul 7, 2017

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, 2017

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.

May 21

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.

Jan 18, 2018

4 Reasons for Pastors to Guard Their Hearts by Jason K. Allen

One can be a godly man without being a pastor, but one cannot be a faithful pastor without being a godly man.

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, 2017

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.

Nov 2, 2018

3 Questions for Christians on Social Media by Jason K. Allen

Through our social media, we can bless or curse, build up or tear down, honor or dishonor the Lord Jesus Christ. 

May 2

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.