Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Dec 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Nov 8

Devotion to Good Works by Jared Sparks

We need to remember that we were culpable products of our sinful environment as well. 

Nov 4

After 20 Years, I Still... by Thor Madsen

I do not deserve to be in this place, doing this thing every day. No one does. 

Nov 1

The Best of Times & The Worst of Times

The Promise and Peril of Modern Gospel Ministry

We have learned again Christ’s words to be busy storing up treasures in heaven and not on earth, where moth and rust destroy. 

Oct 30

The Bible Told Us Every Girl Was Sour? by Russell L. Meek

We’ve bought into the same worldview of the larger culture, which is that women—and all people, really—are objects for our consumption. 

Oct 25

We Need Theological Triage by David McLemore

He took on skin to veil his radiance and live the life we should have lived to die the death we don’t want to die and save us from our sins. 

Oct 25

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 23

Three Opportunities for the Criticized Preacher by Jonathan Kroeker

The proud preacher can’t stand to be criticized, let alone critiqued. 

Oct 18

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 17

Brothers, We Are Not Talking Heads by Erik Raymond

Dear brother pastors, why have we become so compelled to let everyone know what we think about so many issues peripheral to our calling?

Oct 16

Episode 068: Legalistic About Gospel-Centrality?

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 strange phenomenon of undermining the philosophy of gospel-centrality with our ministry and personal practices.

Oct 16

Whatever Happened to "Surrendering to Ministry"? by Jason K. Allen

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.

Oct 16

Dear New Seminary Student by Jason Kees

Separating vocational ministry from academic ministry is something I would encourage you to avoid. 

Oct 15

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 14

Six Lessons I've Learned In One Year Of Pastoral Ministry by Jesse Randolph

Pastors have a weighty calling. It is a calling that carries with it lasting and eternal consequences. 

Oct 11

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

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 9

The Missionary and His Gospel by Alex Kocman

We cannot afford to have Christ on our lips without Christ in our hearts. 

Oct 8

How to Encourage Your People Just Like the Apostle Paul by Matthew Fletcher

Who in your congregation would welcome a note from their pastor today?

Oct 7

Pastor: What To Do When Members Leave Your Church by Bryan Pain

Ask God to renew and restore the joy of His salvation and His calling to ministry.

Oct 7

What the People of God Will Be (and Are!)

Reflections on Psalm 48

Psalm 48 as a portrait of a gospel-centered church is an incredible song for reflection!

Oct 4

Michael Kelley on Churches and Discipleship by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

What do too many churches get wrong about discipleship?

Oct 2

Episode 067: Tim Challies on 'Gospely' Everything

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

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.

Oct 1

Christ and Courage

An FTC19 Sermon

Series: 2019 For The Church National Conference

Crawford Loritts's message on "Christ and Courage" delivered at the 2019 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 27

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

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 25

Unforeseen Benefits of Expository Preaching by Skylar Spradlin

We are a people who want to walk through and consider every verse of Scripture.

Sep 24

Five Encouragements for Pastors Intimidated by Biblical Counseling by Edward T. Welch

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.

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.