Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Apr 24

J.D. Greear on Signs of a Church's Faithfulness

Series: Conversations

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?"

Apr 23

Better Together by Margaret Bronson

It is clear that men and women need each other if they are to accomplish the task God gave humanity to fill and subdue the earth, bringing glory to God in the process.

Apr 20

Pastors & Churches: Don’t Celebrate Brokenness  by Erik Reed

Brokenness is our condition; wholeness is our goal. 

Apr 20

Don Whitney on Family Worship by Staff

What advice would you give a young couple struggling with family worship?

Apr 20

Churches Should Say Neither Too Little Nor Too Much by Matthew Arbo

The church must always bear witness to the risen Christ. 

Apr 18

God’s Shepherding Ability by Adam McClendon

While God’s will in particular circumstances may seem very unclear, God has already stated clearly in his word his desire to use us to glorify his name and spread his gospel to the nations.

Apr 17

Shooing Flies in the Pulpit by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Whether a fly is in your face or a dove is on your shoulder, keep preaching and keep praying.

Apr 17

Dan Darling on Why Pastors Should Write by Daniel Darling

FTC.co asks Dan Darling, Vice President for Communications, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "Should pastors write? Why or why not?"

Apr 13

Noah Oldham on How To Know if a Church is On Track by Noah Oldham

Series: Conversations

How can a church know it is on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?

Apr 12

How Far Should We Go in Defending Our Gospel-Centered Ministry? by Mike Leake

One mark of a truly gospel-centered pastor is the willingness to be seen as a complete fool, so long as Christ is honored.

Apr 11

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.

Apr 11

How We Ought To Speak by Mitch Bedzyk

Preaching the gospel with creativity and novelty is nothing to celebrate when it comes at the expense of the truth.

Apr 10

How Do You Evaluate a Pastor? by Erik Raymond

The pastor doesn’t take a poll to see what people want to hear. He reads the Word and gives people what they need to hear.

Apr 6

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. 

Apr 6

Trevin Wax on Difficult Things In Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

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

Apr 5

Real Knowledge in an Age of Facebook Friends by Cole Deike

Pastors, let your church know they should listen to your sermons with one ear to the pulpit and one ear to the heavens.

Apr 4

Church Planting 101: Follow Up With Guests by Jonathon Woodyard

In the midst of it all, brothers and sisters, do not forget to follow up with those the Lord has providentially guided to your church on any given Sunday.

Apr 4

Good and Bad Excuses Not to Practice Church Discipline by Brad Wheeler

Discipline can be exercised in unloving ways, but Hebrews reminds us that discipline is, in fact, a mark of God’s love

Apr 2

The Gospel-Shaped Pastor by Jared C. Wilson

Until pastors discover and embrace their identity in Christ they will keep trying to find their identity in their position, their preaching, their persona, and their programs.

Apr 2

Your Church Music Might Be Incomplete by David Appelt

Singing at church should be passionate but never devoid of Biblical truth and teaching.

Mar 30

H.B. Charles on Discipling Young Men by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Series: Conversations

What are some key components to discipling young men?

Mar 30

Once Upon A Time by Adam McClendon

As my Father takes me down life’s uncertain roads, I pray he will help me to respond by trusting him.

Mar 28

Pastor Fear by Dayton Hartman

When you see Jesus correctly, the right response is fear. 

Mar 28

It's Hard To Love My Foster Son by Russell L. Meek

 But this thing is far too hard without the Father’s love coursing through me. The truth is that I don’t love like he does. 

Mar 28

Kill Your Dogmatism by Allyson Todd

It isn’t wrong to have strong opinions. It is wrong to hold so tightly to these beliefs that we dismiss and destroy our neighbors.

Mar 23

Clint Pressley on Leadership Qualities for Gospel Centrality by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What leadership qualities are needed in transitioning a church to greater gospel-centrality?

Mar 23

Thoughts On The Rise And Fall Of Pastors by Scott Sauls

As pastors, we are vulnerable to paint ourselves as victims on the one hand or to become bullies or crooks or adulterers on the other.

Mar 23

The Value of Commitment by Bethany Mathis

The commitments the Bible illustrates for us are for our good. They are not to shackle us to burdens or to place weight. 

Mar 22

Chasing a Title or Carrying a Towel by Costi Hinn

It can be a monumental challenge to stomach the obscurity that comes from consistent “decrease,” but it’s part of every pastor’s journey.

Mar 21

Guilt Confusion by Jared Sparks

The Enemy of our souls and our sinful flesh has a way of adding terrible fuel to the raging fires of shame.

Mar 19

Spiritual Help For People Who Lack Self-Awareness by Cole Deike

The human spirit, to be healthy as God intended it to be, cannot veg-out inside our bodies with its feet kicked up. 

Mar 16

Crafting Expository Sermons by H.B. Charles, Jr.

True expository preaching strives to be faithful to the text and clear in the presentation. 

Mar 14

He Restores My Soul by Gabe Posey

No, the answer, if there is one, isn’t to heap another burden onto the weary. It is, instead, to look to Jesus for our rest. 

Mar 14

Tim Keller, Rachel Held Evans, and the Authority of the Whole Bible by Jonathon Woodyard

Principles of interpretation are what stand behind your approach to a text. 

Mar 13

Nathan Finn on the Kinds of Books Pastors Should Read

FTC.co asks Nathan Finn, Dean of The School of Theology and Missions at Union University, "What kind of books should pastors read?"

Mar 9

Dan Darling on Influencing Culture by Daniel Darling

Series: Conversations

What are some key things churches can do to influence the culture for Christ?

Mar 9

A Biblical Theology of Church Discipline by Bobby Jamieson

God disciplines his people so that they learn not to rely on themselves and run after other gods, but to seek all and find all in him.

Mar 8

Why do Some Pastors Deliberately Avoid Teaching Doctrine? by Jim Elliff

Pastor, give yourself to sound doctrine and make much of it from now on. If you cannot do this, resign.

Mar 7

People are Watching by Whitney Putnam

Jesus has come and he is ushering in Eden day-by-day.

Mar 7

The Curious Case of the Adult 9 Year-Old by Owen Strachan

Our culture is not only opposed at present to the gospel. It is opposed to the very concept of reality itself.

Mar 2

From Pornography To Discipleship by Justin Huffman

While God’s Word does condemn all sexual sin, it also offers healing and forgiveness from all sexual sin. 

Feb 28

The Pastor's Calling by Jared Sparks

Before I am anything else, I am a man who has been saved and sustained by the God of the gospel. 

Feb 28

Preach Like Paul by Adam McClendon

His identity was not connected with those to whom he was commissioned; rather, his identity was connected to the one who commissioned him.

Feb 26

Simple Preaching like Charles Spurgeon by Joshua Jenkins

There is something powerful about having the profound glories of almighty God brought to bear in a palpable way. 

Feb 23

Pastors and Politics – The Trump Card by Costi Hinn

What people need the most is a renewed perspective that hinges on a kingdom that is not of this world. 

Feb 23

Trevin Wax on Gospel-Centered Teaching

Series: Conversations

What does Gospel-Centered teaching sound like?

Feb 21

Five Things to Consider Before Pursuing Theological Education by Taylor Cain

If you want to consider theological education, you must first consider if you are in Christ at all.

Feb 20

Jeff Medders on What a Pastor Should Do When His Church is Tired of Hearing the Gospel by J.A. Medders

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?"

Feb 19

Why Every Christian Must be a Theologian by Jared C. Wilson

Laypeople have no biblical warrant to leave the duty of doctrine up to pastors and professors alone.

Feb 16

Won Kwak on Young Pastors by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

What can a young pastor do to start cultivating a healthy legacy?