Resources by Theme: Pastoral

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.

Nov 8, 2019

Devotion to Good Works by Jared Sparks

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

Nov 4, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

Three Opportunities for the Criticized Preacher by Jonathan Kroeker

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

Oct 18, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

Dear New Seminary Student by Jason Kees

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

Oct 15, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

The Missionary and His Gospel by Alex Kocman

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

Oct 8, 2019

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, 2019

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.