Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Sep 20

Trillia Newbell on Parenting and Idolatry by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

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

Sep 18

Episode 066: Pastors and Evangelism

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz discuss the obstacles vocational ministers face in sharing the gospel -- and also the opportunities.

Sep 17

Leadership in the Valley of Vision by Chad Williams

I need to be reminded that a vision of God is greater, more important, than any vision I could ever create and cast

Sep 13

Carl Trueman, the Osteens & the Quest for Evangelical Identity by Jason K. Allen

The most helpful response is not just to give the Osteen’s a well-deserved rebuke.

Sep 13

Clint Pressley on Training Men in Ministry by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What are some important components in training men for ministry?

Sep 12

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 11

Dreaming Dreams and Taking Risks by David McLemore

God has entrusted each of us with talent. 

Sep 11

Working Together as a Global Body: How to (Re)Engage National Churches by Matt Bennett & C.M. Watkins

When we listen well at the beginning of a partnership, we focus on serving the church rather than using them to advance our own plans. 

Sep 6

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

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.

Sep 4

Once Abused by the Church, Now I Love the Church by Patti Withers

Christ is the head of the church, and he has given the church and its leadership as gifts to all believers, including me. 

Aug 30

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?

Aug 30

The Tales of Our Time: An Examination of Storytelling in Christianity by Jada Ford

A Christian writer should develop his or her craft so that a story is created so beautifully that it rivals the hopeless fiction that runs in abundance today. 

Aug 29

Preacher, Study the Text—But Also Study Your People by Sean DeMars

How can I help this member see and savor Jesus Christ? 

Aug 27

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

Student Ministry as Mission Agency by Micah Hayes

I have come to firmly believe that student ministries are uniquely positioned to be mission sending agencies within the local church.

Aug 23

Mark Dever on Contextualization in Preaching by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

How important is contextualization in preaching and teaching?

Aug 22

4 Lies That Cause Pastors to Neglect Their Families by Jaime Owens

At the front door of pastoral ministry, we find that if a pastor isn’t a family man, he’s not a churchman.

Aug 21

Episode 064: Changing the Culture of Your Church

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz offer some rough notes on navigating the pastoral challenges involved in "changing the DNA" of your church culture.

Aug 21

The Nursery Should Net Positive by Sean Stone

Actively praying for the children and begging the Lord to save these little ones is not a small request.

Aug 21

When I First Confronted Religious Pluralism by Jason K. Allen

Believing, teaching, and defending the truth should be a priority for every Christian.

Aug 19

How To Be Lonely (To The Glory Of God) by Cole Deike

No matter how severe our loneliness might be, it can never surpass the loneliness of Christ crucified.

Aug 16

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 12

Shepherding Through Hostility

Pastoral Reflections on Ecclesiastes 7

You may feel “all is meaningless.” Especially when you are ministering in the midst of conflict, division, unfair or undue criticism, or even hostility.

Aug 12

Shepherding Your Staff by Steve Bezner

Work to embed spiritual growth and vitality into your staff gatherings. 

Aug 9

Why I’m Committed to Expository Preaching (Part I) by Jason K. Allen

A conviction worth holding is a conviction worth defending and advocating.

Aug 9

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

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 7

Episode 063: For The Church Mailbag

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Pastors and the upcoming election; young pastors among established staff; bivocational priorities; what to expect of teenagers in the church; Josh Harris's announcements.

Aug 7

A Missionary Reflection on Paul’s Letter to Titus by D. Elliot

Paul was able to continue to minister in established fields as well as pioneer new fields largely because his missionary team continued to grow and expand.

Aug 7

The Millennial Pastor and the Looming Midlife Crisis by Jared Sparks

When a man is not okay with the life God has given him, he often pursues more not for the glory of God and building of His kingdom, but for the glory of self and building of the self-kingdom. 

Aug 6

Pastor, Don’t Avoid Uncomfortable Topics by Brett McCracken

Pastors, your people want you to go there.​

Aug 6

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 5

Why We Sent Our Daughters To Hard Places by Michael Lewis

Through yieldedness and surrender, we placed her in the Lord’s hands; it was not easy; lots of tears were shed and fervent intercession was made. 

Aug 2

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

The Pastor as Evangelist by Glen Higgins

For the pastor to ignore evangelism is to have an unfulfilled incomplete ministry. 

Jul 31

Are There Good and Bad Kinds of Accountability? by Jaime Owens

If we deny we’ve been tempted or sinned, leave out parts of the truth, or distort the facts, then we’re robbing ourselves of holiness and joy.

Jul 26

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

Though we cannot improve upon the Bible’s relevancy... perhaps we can make our sermons a touch more relevant.

Jul 26

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 24

Episode 062: Pastors and Handling Conflict

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz discuss how pastors can biblically and wisely shepherd through relational tensions in the church.

Jul 24

A Call To Do Good by H.B. Charles, Jr.

We are not to do good to meet a goal, exercise a gift, or fulfill a calling. 

Jul 24

What to Say When a Church Member Asks for Help by Clint Darst

The Spirit convicts Christians of sin so that they will stop hiding in the darkness and instead walk in the light. 

Jul 23

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

5 Resolutions for Pastoral Ministry by Brad Gray

I pray that my soul would not be so fickle as to rely on man’s acclaim or applause or attendance as validation of my ministerial efforts. 

Jul 19

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

Series: Conversations

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

Jul 18

Enduring Pastoral Hardships by Billy Crow

Whether it’s the man in the pulpit or the believer in the pew, suffering can be the greatest help or the greatest hardship to the proclamation of the gospel.

Jul 17

Five Encouragements for Pastors Intimidated by Biblical Counseling by Ed Welch

When it comes to people who are really suffering, many pastors are tempted to feel overwhelmed and under-qualified.

Jul 17

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.

Jul 17

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

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?"