Resources by Theme: Pastoral

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?"

Jul 15

Stewarding Volunteers by Dennis Garcia

Perhaps our lack of volunteers has less to do with our recruiting strategy and more to do with how we are stewarding our current volunteers.

Jul 12

Are Your Church Staff Meetings a Waste of Time? by David Prince

Attention is to be focused on the Lord, the true object of our service, not people pleasing. 

Jul 11

Why Pastors Should Engage Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics by John Bolt

As a theologian, Bavinck listens carefully before making a judgment; this is the kind of theology that pastors need to learn and to emulate.

Jul 10

Episode 061: Pastors' Reading Habits

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 what they're reading, what pastors are reading, and what pastors should be reading.

Jul 9

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?"

Jul 8

What I Miss Most (and Least) About Being a Pastor by Jared C. Wilson

I've been out of pastoral ministry now for 5 years, and while I am not asked as often I was in those first few years, I still get the question a fair amount: "Do you miss it?"

Jul 8

Who's Your One? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Evangelism is a biblical mandate for every Christian. 

Jul 5

What I’ve Learned in my First Year of Seminary by Mike Dixon

God is producing lifelong fruit and an eternal joy within me during these formative years in the classroom and in the church.

Jul 5

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

The Most Radical Mission For Christians May Be The Most Mundane by Brett McCracken

Mission isn’t just something made possible by a passport or a seminary degree. It’s a paradigm which should inform everything we do

Jul 3

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 1

3 Things to Be Careful About Saying at the Start of Your Service by Jared C. Wilson

Here are some common introductory cliches that might be worth weighing in terms of their helpfulness to the congregation's gathering to worship.

Jun 28

Matt Chandler on Church Growth & Pride by Matt Chandler

Series: Conversations

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

Jun 27

The Tragedy of Sparing Others from Obedience by Joey Nickerson

We’re not doing anyone any favors by sparing them obedience, even when it’s hard, even when it feels “insane.” We’re only withholding from them everything on the other side.

Jun 26

Episode 060: Dean Inserra on The Unsaved Christian

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Jared Wilson talks with Dean Inserra about perhaps the largest mission field in America.