How do you maintain a culture of community in a growing church?
Dear brother pastors, why have we become so compelled to let everyone know what we think about so many issues peripheral to our calling?
On this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz discuss the strange phenomenon of undermining the philosophy of gospel-centrality with our ministry and personal practices.
The minister is to be at God’s disposal, sensing and seeking his leadership for where he would have the minister go and to whom he would have the minister serve.
Separating vocational ministry from academic ministry is something I would encourage you to avoid.
FTC.co asks Adam McClendon, Director of the D.Min. Program at Liberty University, "How does pastoral counseling relate to discipleship?"
Pastors have a weighty calling. It is a calling that carries with it lasting and eternal consequences.
What is the one thing a new Christian needs most from his church?
FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, "What are some common mistakes beginning pastors make?"
We cannot afford to have Christ on our lips without Christ in our hearts.
Who in your congregation would welcome a note from their pastor today?
Ask God to renew and restore the joy of His salvation and His calling to ministry.
Psalm 48 as a portrait of a gospel-centered church is an incredible song for reflection!
What do too many churches get wrong about discipleship?
Is there a problem with evangelicalism's use of the word "gospel?" Author, pastor, and blogger Tim Challies joins host Jared Wilson to discuss the peril (and potential) of our fascination with a "gospely" everything.
What have you learned are the advantages of a church re-plant over planting a new work?
FTC.co asks Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Church in Fort Lee, NJ: "How do you know when to stop counseling someone?"
We are a people who want to walk through and consider every verse of Scripture.
When it comes to people who are really suffering, many pastors are tempted to feel overwhelmed and under-qualified. If that’s you, pastor, here five things to remember.
How do we love our kids without making them into idols?
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.
I need to be reminded that a vision of God is greater, more important, than any vision I could ever create and cast
The most helpful response is not just to give the Osteen’s a well-deserved rebuke.
What are some important components in training men for ministry?
FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor at Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX: "What should pastors remember when leading through times of conflict?"
God has entrusted each of us with talent.
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.
What are some important guardrails for a preacher to help him contextualize without compromise?
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.
Christ is the head of the church, and he has given the church and its leadership as gifts to all believers, including me.
When are you most tempted to throw in the towel as a pastor?
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.
How can I help this member see and savor Jesus Christ?
FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, Texas: "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"
I have come to firmly believe that student ministries are uniquely positioned to be mission sending agencies within the local church.
How important is contextualization in preaching and teaching?
At the front door of pastoral ministry, we find that if a pastor isn’t a family man, he’s not a churchman.
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.
Actively praying for the children and begging the Lord to save these little ones is not a small request.
Believing, teaching, and defending the truth should be a priority for every Christian.
No matter how severe our loneliness might be, it can never surpass the loneliness of Christ crucified.
What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?
You may feel “all is meaningless.” Especially when you are ministering in the midst of conflict, division, unfair or undue criticism, or even hostility.
Work to embed spiritual growth and vitality into your staff gatherings.
A conviction worth holding is a conviction worth defending and advocating.
How do you adorn the gospel with creative elements in worship without hindering it?
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.
Pastors and the upcoming election; young pastors among established staff; bivocational priorities; what to expect of teenagers in the church; Josh Harris's announcements.
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.