Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Jun 20

Who Are The 'Nations'? by Jason G. Duesing

Jesus Christ is the hope of all nations and from the nations he will gather his people.

Jun 20

Preventing Pastoral Car Wrecks by Dave Harvey

There are few things more dangerous to a church than a pastor who is extraordinarily endowed on the gifting side and extraordinarily deficient on the character side.

Jun 20

Setting Up The Sanctuary by Joshua Jenkins

There are great opportunities for thought and care for the little things in how your sanctuary is set up.

Jun 18

The Local Church and Its Role in Missions by Kaylee Freeman

We must be willing to be sent if that is God’s will for us, and if not, to give our lives to sending those whom God has called to go. 

Jun 15

I Wouldn’t Have Chosen Me by Adam Kareus

Just like in our salvation when we know we contribute nothing and God has done it all, so I know that He chose me to fulfill his mission and He is the one doing the work.

Jun 15

The Gospel And Your Work by Jason K. Allen

God has indeed made us, by gifting and by calling, for certain tasks.

Jun 13

Episode 033: The Gospel-Shaped Pastor

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses how the good news of the finished work of Jesus Christ applies to the ongoing work of the pastor -- his life, heart, and shepherding.

Jun 13

We Are Not Meant To Be Awesome by Scott Sauls

But what if your name has already been given to you, and your legacy has already been achieved?

Jun 11

Love Your Refugee Neighbor by Taylor DiRoberto

A Story

The water tastes different in Oak Ridge. The sounds outside are harsh. Shouting matches and profanities are common. These are daily realities in urban, government-subsidized housing developments like Oak Ridge. On most nights, however, a different tune resounds amid the discord. Two men, with large chests and thick mustaches, cheerfully discuss the latest Premier League soccer match...in Arabic. One used to be a police officer in…

Jun 8

Don Whitney on Difficult Things in Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?

Jun 8

Seeking Christ While Facing Debt by Grace Pike

In the midst of trying to decrease debt, do not allow the Enemy to make you indifferent, scared, or stagnant.

Jun 7

Be a Small Town Pastor by Steve Bezner

There is a lot of necessity in the rural church. There is less money and fewer bells and whistles. But the Spirit is there. And the gospel is universally applicable.

Jun 6

Pastor, Who Do You Represent? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Transfer growth is an inevitable part of church life. But sheep stealing jeopardizes church health. 

Jun 5

Sometimes, Passivity Is Prideful by Kyle Gregory

The elder who shies away from exercising oversight does the church a disservice just like the authoritarian elder who rules with an ungodly dominance.

Jun 5

Trevin Wax on Other Kinds of Books Pastors Should Read

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference Publisher at Lifeway Christian Resources, "What kind of books should pastors read that they may not normally be drawn to?"

Jun 4

Growing Old Graciously by Jared C. Wilson

I want to finish strong. Don't you?

Jun 4

Made In His Likeness by Jeanie Layne

Man’s supreme function through all eternity is to reflect God’s highest glory…that God might look into the mirror called man and see His own glory shining there.

Jun 1

Noah Oldham on Difficult Things in Life by Noah Oldham

Series: Conversations

"What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?"

Jun 1

The Dangerous Allure of Being a Cultural Warrior by Brian Davis

In disregarding the total authority of the Word of God, people seek to take the throne of authority themselves

Jun 1

A Response to Andy Stanley on “Theological Correctness” by Owen Strachan

Our pursuit of unity in the body does not relax our love of theology, and our desire to handle the Word with care.

May 30

Do the Work of an Evangelist by Jason K. Allen

The fact that God calls and gifts some in extra measure does not absolve every Christian, and especially every minister, from doing the work of an evangelist.

May 30

The Doubt Within by Adam Kareus

When we go to ourselves for our confidence or encouragement we will end up finding more doubt.

May 30

Episode 032: Charles Smith on Gospel-Centered Leadership

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Charles Smith, Vice President for Institutional Relations at Midwestern Seminary, about the ins and outs of gospel-centered leadership.

May 29

Clint Pressley on Disagreement Between a Staff Member and a Pastor by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church (Charlotte, NC): "If a staff member disagrees with the pastor on an important issue, what should they do?"

May 25

Sacrificing Fast and Easy by Bethany Mathis

Being spoon fed the truth doesn’t result always result in an abiding faith. 

May 25

Gospel People Stay Behind by Jared Musgrove

Has God called you to stay behind? Be faithful in the so-called mundane

May 25

Won Kwak on Difficult Things in Life by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?

May 23

Please Clap: The Dangerous Addiction to Compliments by Steve Bezner

Believing the finished work of Jesus means believing that the gospel is all the approval and compliment we need.

May 23

A Concern with Chan’s Home Church Planting Model: A Gentle Call for Correction by Adam McClendon

The point in Scripture is never the location or size of the gathering, but the purpose and activity of the gather.

May 21

The Eight ‘D’s’ of Personal Discipleship by Jonathan Hayashi

We should compare our calendars to God’s commands and see where our lives are out of alignment, then make adjustments where necessary.

May 18

Trevin Wax On Difficult Things In Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?

May 18

Don’t Leave Your Convictions Behind To Get Ahead by H.B. Charles, Jr.

I would not have been called to my current church if I had abandoned the convictions that caused that first church to reject me. 

May 18

No, Don’t Be Colorblind: Practical Suggestions for Multi-ethnic Families by Ryan Strother

Dream about the future together and celebrate your diversity as you do.

May 16

Episode 031: J.D. Greear

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with Dr. J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and author of the new book Not God Enough.

May 16

What Church Discipline Taught Me About Our Church by Skylar Spradlin

We needed to hold up the honor of Christ and the standard of repentant holiness while also showing love and patience to the wayward members.

May 16

Believe God's Word! by Travis Hood

As ashamed as I am for doubting, I am so grateful to the Lord for this gracious reminder and confirmation. 

May 14

Teach Them How To Study by Laura Campbell

Church members are told to read their Bibles but are seldom instructed how to do so. 

May 11

Jeff Medders on Difficult Things In Life by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?

May 11

The Pastor’s Burden by Jason Dees

The fact that people are willing to open up their lives to you in their most vulnerable and intimate moments is the true gift of pastoral ministry, and it is also the true burden.

May 10

The Busy Critic and the Simple Church by Mike Leake

Many churches are pursuing a bit more "simple church." We’ve gotten the memo that activity does not equal godliness.

May 9

Christian, Don't Follow Your Heart by Cale Fauver

True happiness is obedience to the word of God and our dependency on it.

May 9

Did the Atonement Break the Trinity? by Owen Strachan

The fact that “Christ came to get us out of hell” isn’t a small thing, but is a truth so wondrous we’ll proclaim it for all eternity.

May 8

How to Prepare for Pastoral Transitions by Daniel Bray

Transitions in ministry are never going to be easy. Therefore, we have a responsibility to minister even more diligently today.

May 4

H.B. Charles on Difficult Things In Life by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?

May 4

Gospel People Say Goodbye by Jared Musgrove

Godly people who are about the gospel say goodbye often, confident in our union together as the family of God and confident that we will celebrate again. 

May 3

5 Ways Pastors Can Prepare Their Churches for Suffering by Dave Furman

Pastor, as you seek to shepherd your congregation, don’t wait until suffering comes. Don’t start preparing people for death in the ICU.

May 2

Episode 030: Preaching for Missional Engagement

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson offers some practical ways to craft sermons that inspire and empower congregations live on mission in their communities.

May 2

Women Wonderfully Different and So Very Similar by Lianna Davis

The beauty of each one’s service flowed from a humble love for the truth.

May 2

Rebuilding Our Churches with Bible Reading by Bryan Elliff

Ask for God’s wisdom and strength and do your part in the lives of those you might influence.

Apr 30

Standing In The Pulpit by Joshua Jenkins

The pastor stands behind the Word as if he is simply a server delivering food.