Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Dec 12

Episode 046: Christine Hoover

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson speaks with author, podcaster, and pastor's wife Christine Hoover about pastors, their wives, and their friendships.

Dec 12

Reading Scripture Rightly by Jim Elliff

I let the original intent of the passage sting me, move me, drive me to what I need to be.

Dec 10

N.A. and the Power of Being Real by Catherine Parks

Having been enslaved to substances that threatened to destroy them, they had reached a desperation point and enlisted others to help them in the battle. 

Dec 10

The Gospel According to the Fellowship Hall

Once apart from the church, now we have fellowship.

The gospel is God’s love made manifest, and the church is the gospel of God’s love made visible. 

Dec 7

Porn Stars Bear God’s Image by Russell L. Meek

That’s not just pixels on a screen. That’s God’s image bearer, whom he created for relationship with him.

Dec 7

Mark Dever on Implementing Meaningful Membership by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

What advice would you give the pastor beginning the process of implementing meaningful membership in his church?

Dec 5

Reflections on the Death of John Allen Chau by Scott Dunford

Christ’s mandate to go does not give license to recklessness any more than our culture’s disapproval gives permission to disobedience.

Dec 5

Jen Wilkin on Advice For Those Struggling With Bible Reading by Staff

Series: Conversations

What advice would you give the Christian struggling with daily Bible reading?

Nov 30

Surviving With Hope by Gail Emerson

For every brutal act, every time your voice fell on deaf ears, each betrayal and misplaced shame—all of this will be overcome in victory. 

Nov 30

Preacher, Study the Text—But Also Study Your People by Sean DeMars

How can I help this member see and savor Jesus Christ? 

Nov 30

Dean Inserra on Misconceptions About The Unchurched by Dean Inserra

What are some misconceptions too many churches have about the unchurched?

Nov 28

Episode 045: Why You Should Preach Through Books of the Bible

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses several reasons why it's so important and beneficial for pastors to systematically work through entire books of the Bible in their Sunday morning preaching.

Nov 28

Preacher, Feeling Good is Overrated by David Prince

We are involved in cosmic battle, attempting to capture the hearts of men and women for Christ.

Nov 28

Pastors: Preach, Don't Rant by Jason K. Allen

Simply put, a sermon’s authority is derived from Holy Scripture’s authority.

Nov 28

Jeff Dodge on The Local Church and Theological Training by Jeff Dodge

Series: Conversations

Why is the local church integral to theological training?

Nov 27

Learning to Preach from the Reformers by Joel Beeke

Just as the gospel of justification by faith in Christ alone was the central message of the Reformation, so the preaching of the Word was central to the work of the Reformers.

Nov 23

Russell Moore on Christian Families Bearing Witness by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How can Christian families bear witness for Christ in today’s culture?

Nov 21

Be Disciples that Make Disciples by Jonathon Woodyard

Eagerly introduce others to the one you love and treasure.

Nov 21

Encouragement in the Likeliest of Places by James Oaks

Who has God placed in your life so that you can be encouraged by their example? 

Nov 21

Robby Gallaty on Discipleship and Church Growth by Staff

Series: Conversations

Does the process of discipleship change as a church grows?

Nov 19

What Can You Do To Get In The Game? by Casey Lewis

We experience salvation and a relationship with God today because Jesus was selfless. 

Nov 16

Don’t Apologize For The Bible by Jim Essian

Know the Scriptures and the power of God, and trust that God to reveal his beauty to those you are witnessing to.

Nov 16

10 Things I Wished I Learned in Seminary by Jonathan Hayashi

Some seminarians think they can just convince others of truth, and they’ll obviously get on board with God.

Nov 16

Nathan Rose on Challenges in Church Revitalization by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

What is the biggest challenge in church revitalization?

Nov 13

Attempt Great Things for God? by Darryl Dash

I wonder: am I content with being called and unknown? Am I willing to serve in obscurity but be known by Jesus?

Nov 9

Does Pornography Use Ever Justify Church Discipline? by Brad Wheeler

Not only does a genuine Christian desire change, but their life gives evidence of change.

Nov 7

Trevin Wax on The Power of Story by Staff

Series: Conversations

Why should pastors think about the power of story?

Nov 6

How the Church Does Good by David Bowden

How can we as pastors, preachers, lay leaders, and disciple makers help our people bear good fruit?

Nov 5

Preaching a Church Toward Mission by Jared C. Wilson

If you want to change the movement of your church, you have to change the message.

Nov 2

3 Questions for Christians on Social Media by Jason K. Allen

Through our social media, we can bless or curse, build up or tear down, honor or dishonor the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Nov 2

Clint Pressley on the Younger Generation by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the younger generation?

Oct 31

Episode 043: For The Church Mailbag

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this first installment of For The Church Mailbag, a new occasional feature of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson answers listener submitted questions related to the Christian life and ministry.

Oct 31

3 Reasons To Ask For Help by Allyson Todd

God, in his forever patience, humbles me over and over again and reminds me of my need for help from Him. 

Oct 31

How Do You Respond to God's Word? by David McLemore

The Christian life, from beginning to end, is comprised of listening to God’s word and walking in obedience to it.

Oct 29

How To Persevere When You Are Weary In Serving by Kristen Wetherell

Willing submission to God’s plan, even when it looks different than ours, actually produces the fruit of patience and peace within us.

Oct 26

Steve Bezner on Ministry In The Bible Belt by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

How has ministry in the Bible Belt changed in the last 10 years?

Oct 25

“I Was Burnt Out—And I Stepped Away” by Shai Linne

I knew it could be an awkward transition, but I figured that it’s better to be a happy church member than a joyless pastor.

Oct 24

Faithful Preaching According to 2 Chronicles by Cale Fauver

Faithful preaching finds soul-satisfaction in the heralding of the gospel and in nothing less. 

Oct 24

Mark Dever on Shepherding the Elderly by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

What should a young pastor know about shepherding elderly church members?

Oct 22

Ditch the Kleenex and Let People Cry by Justin Buzzard

Next time someone opens up and cries in your presence, just sit there, listen, and watch what happens.

Oct 19

The Wonderful Accessibility of the Word by Erik Raymond

Instead of hiding the most important truths on the highest intellectual shelves, God makes them accessible to spiritual toddlers.

Oct 19

Michael Kelley On Taking Discipleship Seriously by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

Why don’t more churches take the process of discipleship seriously?

Oct 17

Episode 042: Zack Eswine on The Busy Pastor

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with pastor, author, and professor Zack Eswine about the problem of busy-ness in ministry and the promise of hope for the pastor who feels overwhelmed.

Oct 17

How To Respond When You Get Punched In The Face by Mike Leake

The depth of our roots in Christ will be exposed by how we respond when we get punched in the face. 

Oct 15

Biblical Theology in Discipleship by Nancy Guthrie

Biblical theology corrects sentimental notions of the future God is preparing for us.

Oct 12

Dean Inserra On What He Would Do Differently In Church Planting by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

What would you do differently if you could plant your church all over again?

Oct 10

6 Characteristics of a Successful Pastorate by Allen Nelson

Pastors must be able to teach sound doctrine and all that accords with it. 

Oct 10

Russell Moore On Social Justice Without A Social Gospel by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How can Christians adopt appropriate concerns for justice while rejecting a social gospel?

Oct 8

The Honor of Suffering by Whitney Putnam

Jesus suffered well because saving mankind was enough for him.