Conversations from 2019

December

Dec 27, 2019

Jonathan Leeman on Big Changes in Churches by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?

Dec 26, 2019

Christine Hoover on What the Average Churchgoer Doesn't Understand About Their Pastor by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Christine Hoover, pastor's wife and author of Searching for Spring and Messy Beautiful Friendship, "What does the average churchgoer not understand about their pastor?"

Dec 24, 2019

David Prince on Who Has Influnced His Preaching the Most by David Prince

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks David Prince, Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church and Assistant Professor of Preaching at Southern Seminary, "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"

Dec 19, 2019

Won Kwak on Throwing In The Towel As A Pastor by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

When are you most tempted to throw in the towel as a pastor?

Dec 5, 2019

Nathan Rose on Transitioning a Church to a Plurality of Elders by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO: "How do you transition a church to a plurality of elders?"

Dec 3, 2019

Jonathan Leeman on Who Has Influence HIs Preaching the Most by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director at 9Marks and an elder a Cheverly Baptist Church (Cheverly, MD): "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"

November

Nov 29, 2019

Trevin Wax on The Pastor and Cultural Trends by Staff

Series: Conversations

How important is it for preachers to pay attention to cultural trends and popular media?

Nov 26, 2019

Jared C. Wilson on Transitioning from an Attractional to a Gospel-Centered Ministry Model by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jared C. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Author-in-Residence at Spurgeon College/MBTS, "What is the first step for a church in moving from the attractional paradigm to a gospel-centered model of ministry?"

Nov 22, 2019

Russell Moore on Politics and the Pastor by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How political should a local church pastor get with his flock?

Nov 21, 2019

Don Whitney on Neglecting Spiritual Disciplines

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "What is the impact of neglecting the spiritual disciplines?"

Nov 15, 2019

Michael Kelley on Pastor's Who Write by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing pastors who write ought to remember?

Nov 12, 2019

Michael Kelley on Why We Hate to Wait on God by Michael Kelley

FTC.co asks Michael Kelley, Director of Discipleship at Lifeway Christian Resources, "Why do we hate to wait on God?"

Nov 5, 2019

David Prince on the Importance of Application in Preaching by David Prince

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks David Prince, Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church and Assistant Professor of Preaching at Southern Seminary, "How important is application in preaching?"

October

Oct 25, 2019

Don Whitney on The Christian's Devotional Life

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing you would do to change the Christian’s devotional life?

Oct 22, 2019

Jonathan Leeman on Planting New Churches with Current Church Members by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director at 9Marks and an elder a Cheverly Baptist Church (Cheverly, MD): "I want to plant a church and take current church members with me. What do I do?"

Oct 18, 2019

Steve Bezner On Maintaining A Culture Of Community by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

How do you maintain a culture of community in a growing church?

Oct 15, 2019

Adam McClendon on How Pastoral Counseling Relates to Discipleship by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Adam McClendon, Director of the D.Min. Program at Liberty University, "How does pastoral counseling relate to discipleship?"

Oct 11, 2019

Won Kwak on New Christians & Their Churches by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing a new Christian needs most from his church?

Oct 10, 2019

Clint Pressley on Mistakes Beginning Pastors Make by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, "What are some common mistakes beginning pastors make?"

Oct 8, 2019

Nathan Rose on What Comes First in Church Revitalization by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO: "What comes first in church revitalization?"

Oct 4, 2019

Michael Kelley on Churches and Discipleship by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

What do too many churches get wrong about discipleship?

Oct 3, 2019

Steve Bezner on Making Disciples Without Relying Solely on Programs by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX: "How do we make disciples without creating a one-size-fits-all program?"

September

Sep 27, 2019

Nathan Rose on Church Replanting by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

What have you learned are the advantages of a church re-plant over planting a new work?

Sep 26, 2019

Won Kwak on When to Stop Counseling Someone by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Church in Fort Lee, NJ: "How do you know when to stop counseling someone?"​

Sep 24, 2019

Dan Darling on the Difference Between Civility and Cowardice

FTC.co asks Dan Darling, Vice President for Communications at the ERLC, "What's the difference between civility and cowardice?"

Sep 20, 2019

Trillia Newbell on Parenting and Idolatry by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

How do we love our kids without making them into idols?

Sep 17, 2019

Jared Wilson on Advice for New Writers by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jared C. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Spurgeon College and Author in Residence at MBTS, "What advice would you give to new writers?"

Sep 13, 2019

Clint Pressley on Training Men in Ministry by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What are some important components in training men for ministry?

Sep 12, 2019

Steve Bezner on Pastors Leading Through Conflict by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor at Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX: "What should pastors remember when leading through times of conflict?"

Sep 10, 2019

Don Whitney on Advice for Young Families Wanting to Start Devotions

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "What encouragement would you give young families wanting to start family devotions?

Sep 6, 2019

Dean Inserra on Contextualizing Without Compromise by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

What are some important guardrails for a preacher to help him contextualize without compromise?

Sep 5, 2019

Nathan Rose on Proportionate Church Membership by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO: "Does it matter if a church's membership is greater than its attendance?"

Sep 3, 2019

Trillia Newbell on Division Between Younger and Older Women by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach at the ERLC, "What keeps younger and older women divided in the church?"

August

Aug 29, 2019

Won Kwak on What Others May Not Know About Asian Believers by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, NJ: "What do many evangelicals generally not know about their Asian brothers and sisters?"  ​

Aug 27, 2019

Steve Bezner on Who Has Influenced His Preaching the Most by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, Texas: "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"

Aug 23, 2019

Mark Dever on Contextualization in Preaching by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

How important is contextualization in preaching and teaching?

Aug 22, 2019

Dan Darling on Why We Need a Dignity Revolution by Daniel Darling

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Dan Darling, Vice President of Communications at the ERLC, "Why do we need a 'dignity revolution?'"​

Aug 20, 2019

David Prince on Ethics and Playing Football by David Prince

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks David Prince, Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church and Assistant Professor of Preaching at Southern Seminary, "Does the discovery of CTE make playing football unethical?"​

Aug 16, 2019

H.B. Charles Jr. On The Church and the 21st Century by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Aug 15, 2019

Jonathan Leeman on Distinguishing Between Primary and Secondary Issues by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, an Elder at Cheverly Baptist Church in Washington D.C. and Editorial Director at 9Marks Ministries, "How do we distinguish between primary and secondary issues?"​

Aug 13, 2019

Barnabas Piper on Why It Seems Like Everyone is Angry

FTC.co asks Barnabas Piper, Director of Community at Immanuel Church in Nashville, TN: "Why does it seem like everyone is so angry?" 

Aug 9, 2019

Dean Inserra on Creativity in Worship by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

How do you adorn the gospel with creative elements in worship without hindering it?

Aug 8, 2019

Jared C. Wilson on Advice for New Pastors Who Want to Quit by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jared C. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Spurgeon College and Writer-in-Residence at Midwestern Seminary, what advice he would give a new pastor who already wants to quit.

Aug 6, 2019

Nathan Rose on Who Has Influenced His Preaching Most by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MO: "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"​

Aug 2, 2019

Christine Hoover on Encouragement for Pastor's Wives by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing you would say to encourage the pastor’s wife?

Aug 1, 2019

Trillia Newbell on What is So Great About Romans 8

FTC.co asks Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach at the ERLC, "What's so great about Romans 8?"

July

Jul 26, 2019

Matt Capps on What The Church Needs From Pastors by Matt Capps

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing a church needs from its pastor?

Jul 25, 2019

J.T. English on Growing Churches “Feeling Small” by J.T. English

We ask J.T. English, "How do you make sure a growing church keeps 'feeling small?'”

Jul 23, 2019

J.D. Greear on Signs of a Church's Faithfulness

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks J.D. Greear, Pastor of Summit Church (Raleigh-Durham, NC), "How can a church know it is on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?"

Jul 19, 2019

Barnabas Piper on Pastor's Kids and the Church by Staff

Series: Conversations

What do pastors’ kids wish their churches knew about them?

Jul 17, 2019

Matt Capps on Transitioning to Pastoral Ministry by Matt Capps

Series: Conversations

Recently transitioning back into pastoral ministry, what do you feel prepared for this time around?

Jul 16, 2019

Jeff Medders on What a Pastor Should Do When His Church is Tired of Hearing the Gospel by J.A. Medders

FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, TX: "What should a pastor do when his church is tired of hearing the Gospel?"

Jul 5, 2019

Matt Chandler on Cultivating a Healthy Marriage by Matt Chandler

Series: Conversations

How do you cultivate a healthy marriage in the midst of a busy ministry?

Jul 3, 2019

Trillia Newbell on Disappointment in Marriage by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

What advice do you have for the wife who is disappointed with her husband?

Jul 2, 2019

Clint Pressley on Key Components to Discipling Young Men by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC: "What are some key components to discipling young men?"

June

Jun 28, 2019

Matt Chandler on Church Growth & Pride by Matt Chandler

Series: Conversations

How do you lead a growing church without getting a big head?

Jun 21, 2019

Russell Moore on Politics and the Pastor by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How political should a local church pastor get with his flock?

Jun 19, 2019

Mark Dever on Sermon Prep by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

What does your sermon preparation look like?

Jun 18, 2019

Trillia Newbell on Talking to Our Children About Ethnic Diversity by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "What are some important things to remember in talking to our children about ethnic diversity?"

Jun 14, 2019

Dean Inserra on First-Year Church Planting by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing you would say to the first-year church planter?

Jun 11, 2019

J.D. Greear on What Difficult Thing In Your Life Has Taught You The Most? by Staff

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, "What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?"

Jun 7, 2019

Jen Wilkin on Women and Discipleship by Staff

Series: Conversations

What misconceptions do pastors have about women and discipleship?

Jun 5, 2019

Jeff Medders on Writing Sermons by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

How do you write sermons? Describe your sermon preparation process.

Jun 4, 2019

H.B. Charles on the Pastor's Most Important Weekly Tasks by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks H.B. Charles, "What are the pastor’s most important weekly tasks?"

May

May 31, 2019

Nathan Finn on Diversity in the Church by Nathan Finn

Series: Conversations

What kind of diversity is important for every church?

May 28, 2019

Don Whitney on How Spiritual Disciplines "Work" in Our Sanctification

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality & Associate Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Seminary, "How Do Spiritual Disciplines ‘Work’ In Our Sanctification?"

May 24, 2019

Andrew Walker on the Christian & Ethics by Andrew Walker

Series: Conversations

Why should the average Christian care about ethics?

May 22, 2019

Greg Belser on The First Year of Ministry by Greg Belser

Series: Conversations

If you could send a message to yourself in your first year of ministry, what is the one thing you would say?

May 21, 2019

Won Kwak on Effectively Leading Multi-Ethnic Congregations by Won S. Kwak

FTC.co asks Won Kawk, "How can a pastor effectively lead a multi-ethnic congregation?"

May 14, 2019

Jonathan Leeman on Church Discipline

What do most Christians not know about church discipline?

Series: Conversations

We asked Jonathan Leeman, "What do most Christians not know about church discipline?"

May 10, 2019

J.D. Greear on Mission in the Bible Belt by Staff

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing we need to remember about mission in the Bible Belt?

May 8, 2019

Christine Hoover on Pastors' Wives & Congregations by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

What are some important things for pastors’ wives to remember about congregations?

May 7, 2019

Matt Carter on Adoption and Orphan Care

Why are adoption and orphan care important to the mission of the church in the 21st century?

Series: Conversations

Why are adoption and orphan care important to the mission of the church in the 21st century?

May 3, 2019

Adam McClendon on Counseling Troubled Marriages by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations

What should pastors remember in counseling those in troubled marriages?

April

Apr 30, 2019

Jeff Dodge on Theological Training and Intellectualism by Jeff Dodge

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jeff Dodge: "How do you keep theological training from becoming intellectualism?​"​

Apr 26, 2019

H.B. Charles Jr. on Sermon Prep by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Series: Conversations

What are the non-negotiables for sermon preparation?

Apr 24, 2019

David Prince by David Prince

Series: Conversations

What does gospel-centered parental discipline look like?

Apr 23, 2019

Russell Moore on the Culture War by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

If conservatives have lost the culture war and the American church is in decline, what is there for evangelicals to be encouraged by?

Apr 16, 2019

Matt Carter on Training Young Men for Ministry

What are some unique things you’ve learned in training young men for ministry?

Series: Conversations

Matt Carter on unique things he has learned in training young men for ministry.

Apr 10, 2019

Matt Chandler on Marriage and Ministry by Matt Chandler

Series: Conversations

How do you cultivate a healthy marriage in the midst of a busy ministry?

Apr 9, 2019

J.D. Greear On Winning A Church to Mission

How do you win a church to mission?

by Staff

Series: Conversations

How do you win a church to mission?

Apr 5, 2019

Trevin Wax on The Future of The Church by Staff

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the future of the church?

Apr 2, 2019

Steve Bezner on What Average Churchgoers May Not Understand About Being a Pastor by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX, "What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?​"​

March

Mar 29, 2019

Robby Gallaty on The Future of the Church by Staff

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the future of the church?

Mar 27, 2019

Mark Dever On The Importance of Expository Preaching by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

Why is expository preaching as important today as it’s always been?

Mar 26, 2019

Christine Hoover on What Average Churchgoers May Not Understand About Their Pastor by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks author and pastor's wife, Christine Hoover, "What does the average churchgoer not understand about the pastor?"​

Mar 22, 2019

Dean Inserra on Successful Outreach by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

What’s been the most successful form of outreach your church has practiced?

Mar 19, 2019

Matt Capps on What the Average Churchgoer Doesn't Understand About Being a Pastor by Matt Capps

FTC.co asks Matt Capps, Senior Pastor of Fairvew Baptist Churchi in Apex, NC: "What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?​"​

Mar 15, 2019

J.A. Medders on Pastoring Elderly Church Members by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

How can a young pastor lead elderly church members well?

Mar 12, 2019

Won Kwak on How to Identify Leaders in a Smaller Church by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, NJ: "How do you identify potential leaders, especially in a smaller church?"

Mar 8, 2019

Steve Bezner on Older Members and Church Changes by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

How do you prepare older or established members for significant change in a church?

Mar 5, 2019

Jen Wilkin on Facilitating Inter-Generational Discipleship Among Women

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks, Jen Wilkin, author and teacher at The Village Church in Dallas, TX: "How can we better facilitate inter-generational discipleship among women?"

Mar 1, 2019

Michael Kelley on Passion Without Legalism by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

How do I become passionate about the things of God without becoming a legalist?

February

Feb 27, 2019

Russell Moore on Encouragement for Parents by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How would you encourage Christian parents worried about the world their kids are growing up into?

Feb 26, 2019

Jonathan Leeman with Advice for Pastors Practicing Church Discipline for the First Time by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director for 9Marks Ministries, "What advice would you give a pastor who wants to practice church discipline in a church that never has?​"​

Feb 22, 2019

Jeff Medders on Pastoral PTSD by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

What is Pastoral PTSD and what can a pastor do if he has it?

Feb 19, 2019

Nathan Rose on What Average Churchgoers May Not Realize About Their Pastor by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, Missouri: "What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?​"

Feb 13, 2019

Don Whitney on Family Devotions by Staff

Series: Conversations

How do you encourage a young family struggling with family devotions?

Feb 12, 2019

Trevin Wax on What Keeps Many Christians From Studying The Bible

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference Publisher at Lifeway Christian Resources, "What keeps so many Christians from regularly studying the Bible?"

Feb 7, 2019

Clint Pressley on Building Camaraderie Among Church Staff Members

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, "What are some ways to build camaraderie among church staff?"

Feb 1, 2019

Won Kwak on What He Wish He'd Known as a Young Pastor by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

What do you wish you’d known when you started as a pastor?

January

Jan 30, 2019

Michael Kelley on Adults and our Relationship to Jesus by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

What are some patterns of adulthood that frustrate our relationship with Jesus?

Jan 22, 2019

Christine Hoover on Why We Shouldn't Be Afraid to Be Real by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Christine Hoover, author and pastor's wife, "In an age of Instagram and Photoshop, why should we not be afraid to be real?"

Jan 18, 2019

Russell Moore on Appropriate Honor of Church History Figures by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How do we appropriately honor men and women in church history who’ve contributed much of value?

Jan 16, 2019

Matt Capps on Racism in the 21st Century by Matt Capps

Series: Conversations

Why do we still have a problem with racism in the 21st century church?

Jan 15, 2019

Robby Gallaty on Why Pastors Should Practice Text-Driven Preaching

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Robby Gallaty, Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN, "What is text-driven preaching and why should pastors practice it?"

Jan 11, 2019

Jonathan Leeman on Meaningful Membership by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

Why is it as crucial as ever these days for churches to practice meaningful membership?

Jan 8, 2019

Jeff Medders on How Ministry in the Bible Belt Has Changed in the Last 10 Years by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, Texas, "How has ministry in the Bible Belt changed over the last 10 years?"​

Jan 2, 2019

J.T. English on Heart Knowledge by J.T. English

Series: Conversations

How can a Christian know that their head knowledge has become heart knowledge?