Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Feb 21

Why I’d Go to Church If I Were Not a Pastor by H.B. Charles, Jr.

You may not like the way the bride of Christ looks. But be careful how you treat Christ’s bride. 

Feb 21

Clint Pressley on Training Men for Ministry by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What are some important components in training men for ministry?

Feb 19

The Most Important Discipline I Learned in Seminary by Jason G. Duesing

Though freed from the penalty of sin by the blood of Christ, my struggle with and the remaining presence of even “canceled sin” was bigger and deeper than I knew.

Feb 17

The Passage that Called Me to Ministry

3 Enduring Lessons from Exodus 3

I want to persevere in ministry purely at the mercy of the sovereign God who is with me.

Feb 17

I Am A Pastor, Therefore I Fear by Ronnie Martin

God’s purpose is always for your worry to be transformed into worship. 

Feb 14

Don Whitney On The Christian's Devotional Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

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

Feb 13

Three Ways a Pastor and His Wife Can Stay in Love by Tim Counts

When I am closer to Jesus, I am closer to my wife. I mean truly closer to Jesus, in my heart, not just thinking I am closer because I am doing the right things.

Feb 12

A Burdened Life: Three Questions for Those in Sorrow by Samuel Stephens

Self-sufficient living brings disastrous results. 

Feb 10

Looking For a Church? Here’s What to Look For by Jim Elliff

Though there are many things a particular church may not be able to do well, love is not one of them.

Feb 10

Why Knowing Your Flock is Critical to Meaningful Preaching by Jared C. Wilson

The ministry of preaching cannot be divorced from the ministry of soul care; in fact, preaching is actually an extension of soul care. There are a host of reasons why it is important for pastors who want to preach meaningfully to know their flocks as well as they can, but here are three of the most important.

Feb 7

Won Kwak on New Christians and Church by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

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

Feb 6

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.

Feb 5

Does Your Youth Group Look Like the Muslim's Next Door? by Micah Hayes

If the gospel is the one thing that makes us unique, then the gospel needs to be the one thing that shapes how we do everything.

Feb 5

In Ministry, Joy and Sorrow Don’t Cancel Each Other Out by Winston Smith

While we’re always experiencing death to some extent in the present age, we’re also at the very same time experiencing resurrected life. 

Feb 3

3 Words of Counsel I’ve Received from Seasoned Leaders by Tyler Greene

A leader who holds fast to the true source of life is utterly free to love others well.

Jan 31

Adam McClendon on Pastoring Those Who Struggle With Porn Use by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations

What should pastors remember in counseling those dealing with porn use?

Jan 29

The Most Honest People In The World, And Why We Need Them by Scott Sauls

Do you recognize that an inability to enjoy children is not representative of a defect in the children, but of a defect in us?

Jan 29

Eight Tips for Veteran Preachers by Jason K. Allen

Whether you are a beginner preacher or veteran one, cultivate a sense of dependence on Christ.

Jan 20

4 Perils of Platform by Jared C. Wilson

There are so many other spiritual dangers that face the one in the spotlight. These four, I'm convinced, are some of the reasons why James says not many people should be teachers.

Jan 17

Clint Pressley on Attractional Church Models by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What are some practical considerations for the pastor leading his church from an attractional mindset to a more gospel-centered ministry?

Jan 16

7 Ways to Protect and Pass On the Gospel by Nathan Rose

When you join a local church, you’re committing to helping other covenant members faithfully follow Jesus. 

Jan 15

Is There Forgiveness For A Seminary Student? by Grace Pike

Though our flesh wars against it, the humility to recognize our need for God’s forgiveness and redemption is a gift.

Jan 13

When Your Spouse Won't Change by Kasey Johnson

Your marriage may always be a place of great trial, but you can change the way you react to it. 

Jan 10

J.T. English on Church Theology and Doxology by J.T. English

Series: Conversations

How can a church help make sure its theology leads to doxology?

Jan 10

Thriving or Surviving: Making the Most of your Wages by Rodney Harrison

For those seeking to turn around a declining church, the challenge of paying the bills is often daunting.

Jan 8

Episode 074: FTC Mailbag

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz kick off the new year of the FTC Podcast with another installment in the FTC Mailbag feature.

Jan 3

David Prince on Parental Discipline by David Prince

Series: Conversations

What does gospel-centered parental discipline look like?

Jan 2

Pastors, Spend Time with Non-Pastors by Garrett Kell

Being around the flock helps them see what our message looks like in real life.

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

Leading the Church While Leading Your Family by Bob Johnson

Serving the church is not merely a job; it is an all-consuming responsibility that can threaten a family.

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 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 18, 2019

Wounding Our Friends by Allyson Todd

Hurtful words are only good if they are selfless words, driven by love. 

Dec 18, 2019

All I Want For Christmas by Ronnie Martin

It’s the life-light of Jesus that helps us want what we need more than wanting what we want.

Dec 16, 2019

Do We Need to Believe in Christ's Virgin Birth? by Jared C. Wilson

Trying to tailor-make your Christianity without the virgin birth is to tailor-make a different faith entirely.

Dec 4, 2019

Pastor, Read A Poem by Avery Thorn

I feel in my bones the common temptation to professionalize ministry, as if tools for effective ministry cannot be found in Narnia, only seminary.

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?"

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 27, 2019

Three Characteristics of Healthy Church Discipline by Sam Parkison

The only kind of soil in which church discipline can properly grow is communal love.

Nov 26, 2019

Don’t Speak Up: On the Spiritual Discipline of Silence by Mark Dever

We should pray that God will lead us by his Spirit to know when it’s best to be quiet, to pray, and to live a life that commends the gospel, and when it’s best to add more of our own words.

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 22, 2019

Pastor, Don’t Interview like Michael Scott by Benjamin Vrbicek

Interviewing can be a rough experience for most pastors, but it doesn’t have to be. 

Nov 20, 2019

Why Women Are Critical To the Mission of the Church by Katie McCoy

The ministries in which women participated are among the markers of genuine Christianity in a community and these ministries led to the growth of the early church.

Nov 20, 2019

We Need You: Why Mentorship is Need in the Church by Nickolas Hartman

Whether you are a pastor, a leader or just a growing follower of Christ, it is up to you to ensure that the young people in the church have the opportunity to be mentored. 

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 15, 2019

A Healthy Itinerant Ministry by Edward Romine

Nothing is more cringe-worthy than a guest preacher who takes a pulpit only to make himself famous. 

Nov 13, 2019

Episode 070: The Most Significant Figure in American Church History You've Never Heard Of

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 a pioneering pastor from American church history who is woefully unknown.

Nov 13, 2019

How A Desire To Be A Good Parent Can Kill A Ministry by Ryan Roach

It’s painful, but good shepherding often means that we say things that are challenging to our people.

Nov 11, 2019

5 Exhortations from Three 10th Anniversaries by Jared C. Wilson

My main exhortation to you is to fearlessly adopt a gospel fixation. Don’t worry about it seeming rote or redundant.