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.

Mar 19

Why Preaching? by Jason K. Allen

Preaching is the pastor's indispensable task, his most paramount duty, and his most consequential and urgent job assignment. For the pastor, preaching is priority number one.​

Apr 7, 2017

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, 2017

Why Church Membership Matters by Jason K. Allen

Series: 2017 For The Church Phoenix Micro-Conference

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 Columbus Micro-Conference

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.

Sep 27, 2017

What Is The Pastor To Be? by Jason K. Allen

The biblical expectations are high, and the nonbiblical ones held by many churches are higher still. 

Dec 14, 2017

What is Preaching? by Jason K. Allen

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.

Nov 2, 2017

What is a Faithful Preacher? by Jason K. Allen

What does it mean for a preacher to be faithful? How does one even measure a preacher’s faithfulness?

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.

Dec 27, 2018

The Primacy of the Master of Divinity Degree by Jason K. Allen

Ministry is increasingly complex. We live in a zany world. The culture is imploding, ethical quandaries abound, our church members need, and will need, more from their ministers, not less.

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.

Sep 25, 2017

The Minister's Preaching

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Jason K. Allen's message on "The Minister's Preaching" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Mar 1, 2018

The Gospel, The Christian, and The Past by Jason K. Allen

God's providence is always good, beyond improvement. Thus, he crafted your story, including your past, for his own, optimum glory.  

Jun 15, 2018

The Gospel And Your Work by Jason K. Allen

God has indeed made us, by gifting and by calling, for certain tasks.

Apr 11, 2018

The Gospel and Your Time by Jason K. Allen

The Bible itself describes our lives as vapors that vanish quickly. We must recognize today that we are not promised tomorrow.

May 17, 2018

The Gospel and Your Recreation by Jason K. Allen

May we be content to fulfill what God has called us unto—nothing less, but nothing more— and then rest in his goodness.

Sep 7, 2018

The Gospel and Your Money by Jason K. Allen

The sparkling reality of the Christian life is that God not only meets our needs but often far surpasses them. 

Jan 12, 2017

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.

Nov 4, 2017

The Church's Commission

The Mission and Majesty of the Church | FTC Ames

Series: 2017 For The Church Ames Micro-Conference

Dr. Jason K. Allen's message on "The Church's Commission" delivered at the 2017 For The Church Micro-Conference at Ames, Iowa.

Sep 24, 2018

The Church Invincible

An FTC18 Sermon

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Dr. Jason K. Allen's message on "The Church Invincible" delivered at the 2018 For The Church National Conference.

May 18, 2017

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.

Apr 10

Simply Profound Yet Profoundly Simple

The Paradox of the Gospel and the Mandate for a Robust Witness

God’s people must not settle for only a rudimentary knowledge of God’s saving message.

Oct 20, 2017

Remembering the Reformation: Sola Scriptura by Jason K. Allen

He who lives in light of the five solas will experience a more fulfilled and fruitful Christian life. 

Nov 28, 2018

Pastors: Preach, Don't Rant by Jason K. Allen

Simply put, a sermon’s authority is derived from Holy Scripture’s authority.

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, 2017

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.

Oct 16, 2018

In Spirit and in Truth

Bringing Balance to Christian Worship

Worship is not a condiment, meant merely to flavor the Christian life.

Jan 16

How Expository Preaching Should Engage Cultural Concerns (Part I) by Jason K. Allen

As the preacher exegetes his text and his times, he sees how the two intersect, or do not intersect with his congregation.

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 . . .

Jun 29, 2018

Him We Proclaim: Heeding Spurgeon’s Call to Preach Jesus from the Entire Bible by Jason K. Allen

This call is not merely a nudge toward a more polished homiletical delivery; rather it comes with the weighty knowledge that the message of a crucified and risen Christ alone saves. 

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, 2017

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.

May 30, 2018

Do the Work of an Evangelist by Jason K. Allen

The fact that God calls and gifts some in extra measure does not absolve every Christian, and especially every minister, from doing the work of an evangelist.

Aug 15, 2018

Deep Work for Pastors: 6 Keys for Better Sermon Preparation by Jason K. Allen

Given the neediness of the church, the cultural pressures we face, and the general social upheaval of our times, how we preach has never been more important.

Aug 8, 2017

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.

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. 

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.