Resources by Joshua Hedger

Joshua Hedger, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is a pastor at Emmaus Church ( in the Kansas City metro. He is married to Tish and they have a son and a daughter.

Aug 24, 2015

Train, Part 2

Rusted Hammers and Grace for Immaturity

Training men means that you and I will spend much of our time wire brush grinders, chipping away at the rust of hammers left in the grass. Let’s do it with grace, using the opportunity to train men how to avoid mistakes as much as possible how to take responsibility for mistakes when they are made, and how to rest in the grace of our God through it all.

Jul 29, 2015

Train, Part 1

6 Musts in Training Men

All men, whether they desire to be pastors or are simply husbands and fathers, need training in 6 key areas. Men who desire to be pastors must then learn to apply these 6 areas to a whole other section of life, a larger family -- their church.

May 5, 2017

Theology 101 From My 2-Year-Old by Joshua Hedger

He cared for the one who was lost and that is what Jesus does.

Dec 17, 2019

The Importance of Ecclesiology in Church Planting by Joshua Hedger

How can you plant a church if you don’t actually know what a church is?

Mar 28, 2019

The 7 Disciplines of Living Coram Deo by Joshua Hedger

You do not accidentally live your life before God. Positioning yourself in the presence of God to know him, hear him, and respond to him takes discipline. 

May 5, 2015

Planter, Be a Pastor by Joshua Hedger

Men who pursue planting churches should do so only after putting in the time to develop a pastor's heart. 

Dec 28, 2016

Do You Make Life Decisions with Your Church in Mind? by Joshua Hedger

Do you ask yourself how your job change could affect your church? Do you consider how your moving would impact the work of God through your church in your community? Do you seek insight into how your decision to leave or stay at your local church would affect the advancement of the gospel?

Oct 30, 2015

Do You Have A Family Mission Statement? by Joshua Hedger

On our fourth day, after a few days of rest and detox, we sat at a picnic table under an Aspen tree, next to the Colorado River, and we created our family mission statement. We want to spend our days and our nights on purpose.

Apr 24, 2015

Don't Forget Your Wife by Joshua Hedger

I am by no means perfect in these areas, but I strive to be better each week. At the end of my days I am not primarily concerned with someone standing over my casket and saying that I was a good preacher or an attentive pastor. I want my wife to say that I loved her well.

May 30, 2015

Don't Feed The Bears

Avoiding Power-Hungry Church Members

In a desire to help us avoid the hungry bears in our churches, I would like to submit five types of people to avoid when choosing leaders for your church . . .

May 21, 2015

Denying, But Not Denied by Joshua Hedger

Jesus does not deny those he has called, no matter how grievous their denial of him has been in the darkest moments of life.

Sep 29, 2015

Dear, Pastor: Rest by Joshua Hedger

Rest requires faith and is the expression of faith.

Apr 5, 2016

Dear Future Pastor . . . by Joshua Hedger

You will not be a perfect pastor and your church will not be a perfect church.

Jun 23, 2015

Building Relationships With Internationals by Joshua Hedger

According to the Mission Society, approximately 75% of internationals are never invited into an American home. Most internationals come from cultures that put great emphasis on hospitality and yet they find that in America there is little hospitality offered to them.

Feb 14, 2017

Be a Humble, Lifelong Learner by Joshua Hedger

There is something freeing when you humble yourself and place yourself before a group of people who say, “We see this area that needs to be worked on.”

Jul 16, 2015

A Voice To Be Heard by Joshua Hedger

I have much insecurity when it comes to the value of my input and wisdom. I always feel there is someone smarter, wiser, more experienced, and better qualified than I to speak on an issue. And the truth is that there is.

Apr 22, 2015

Are You Called?

Spurgeon's 4-Point Test of Pastoral Calling

A calling to the pastoral ministry is a weighty calling that we should not consider casually. Here are four points from the Prince of Preacher to help us feel the biblical weightiness of the ministerial call.

Jul 26, 2015

A Lesson from King Asa by Joshua Hedger

We had no idea when we named our son Asa, that he would have a disease of the foot. Perhaps it is simply coincidence . . .

Jul 17, 2019

5 Ways to Protect Your Eldership from “Yes Men” by Joshua Hedger

If a man is easily swayed, we are slow to consider him as an elder.

Oct 22, 2015

3 Ways to Minister To Your Wife's Weary Soul by Joshua Hedger

How do we minister to our wives? How do we encourage them, especially when their hearts are weary?

Feb 4, 2016

3 Top Tips for Church Planters by Joshua Hedger

In the last 7 years I have planted 2 churches directly, led our church in planting 2 stateside churches, and helped coach and train dozens of church planters. I have learned many things along the way. Today I want to make 3 crucial suggestions for church planters.

Apr 21, 2016

3 Tips for Leading a Volunteer-Led Church by Joshua Hedger

Your volunteer leaders are your greatest resource at your church.

Jul 5, 2016

3 Reasons to Require Small Group Participation for Church Members by Joshua Hedger

As believers, we seek to cultivate deeper relationships with one another, moving beyond surface-level interactions. Here are three reasons why community should be a non-negotiable for members of your church.

Feb 18, 2016

3 Perks of Bivocational Church Planting by Joshua Hedger

We are a little over one year into this journey of being bi-vocational. Here are 3 perks that I have found come from bi-vocational church planting . . .