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.
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.
Pastors, your people want you to go there.
FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MO: "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"
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.
What is the one thing you would say to encourage the pastor’s wife?
For the pastor to ignore evangelism is to have an unfulfilled incomplete ministry.
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.
Though we cannot improve upon the Bible’s relevancy... perhaps we can make our sermons a touch more relevant.
What is the one thing a church needs from its pastor?
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.
We are not to do good to meet a goal, exercise a gift, or fulfill a calling.
The Spirit convicts Christians of sin so that they will stop hiding in the darkness and instead walk in the light.
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?"
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.
What do pastors’ kids wish their churches knew about them?
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.
When it comes to people who are really suffering, many pastors are tempted to feel overwhelmed and under-qualified.
If a man is easily swayed, we are slow to consider him as an elder.
Recently transitioning back into pastoral ministry, what do you feel prepared for this time around?
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?"