Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Aug 15

Deep Work for Pastors: 6 Keys for Better Sermon Preparation by Jason K. Allen

Given the neediness of the church, the cultural pressures we face, and the general social upheaval of our times, how we preach has never been more important.

Aug 15

Cross-Cultural Church Planting: A Plea From A Missionary by Alex Hawke

This must humble us. In many parts of the world, believers have shed their blood for the cause of Christ or suffer for their faith in ways we never will.

Aug 15

How Does Praying For Others Help You? by Justin Huffman

Prayers for people we don't even know around the world to be brought to Christ engages us in the great purpose of the Christian life.

Aug 14

Jeff Dodge on What Average Churchgoers May Not Understand About Being a Pastor by Jeff Dodge

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jeff Dodge, Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa, "What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?"

Aug 13

Christ as Substitute by Destiny Martin

It was our iniquities and transgressions that He suffered for, shedding light on the fact that it was not His own sins that He was carrying.

Aug 10

Having Faith in Doubt: A Response to Steven Furtick by Owen Strachan

We believe in and confess that his death has absorbed the Father’s just wrath and washed our sin away. 

Aug 10

4 Ways Elders Should Seek Accountability by Dave Harvey

The standard of beauty is God—the interplay of his own unity, diversity, and harmony.

Aug 10

Matt Capps on Books Pastors Should Read by Matt Capps

Series: Conversations

What kind of books should pastors read that they normally don’t?

Aug 8

Episode 037: What to Do When Your Pastor Quits

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks about about how a church should respond when a pastor, under normal circumstances, resigns from his ministry.

Aug 8

For The Love Of The Church by Skylar Spradlin

Sacrifice is the first act of true love for the church because this is how Christ loved the church.

Aug 8

Are We Allergic to Insignificance? by Erik Raymond

As evangelicals, we would be better served to look at the child and embrace our insignificance rather than clamor for the significance, power, and fame that comes from another kingdom.

Aug 6

When You’re Hurt by the Church by Gail Emerson

The body of Christ should be a refuge for the wounded.

Aug 3

Robby Gallaty on Churches and Discipleship by Staff

Series: Conversations

Why don't more churches take discipleship seriously?

Aug 3

Hope For Women In Ministry by Rebekah Hannah

Being more and more aware of my own depravity simply leads me more and more to the cross.

Aug 2

3 Ways to Help Revitalize a Church by Darin Smith

Three thoughts on leading gospel-enriched change in any local church.

Aug 1

Theology and Devotion: Friends or Foes? by Sam Parkison

Theological study, communion with God, and godly living comprehend one another. 

Aug 1

My First Year Of Pastoral Ministry Was Insane by Jared Sparks

I forever abandoned the idea of using the Bible to preach what I wanted. I had to actually preach the Bible.

Jul 27

Managing Expectations for a Sustainable Ministry by David Murray

In my experience of counseling pastors, the single greatest cause of pastoral burnout is not taking a full day off every week.

Jul 27

Jeff Medders on Pastors and Writing by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

Why should pastors care about writing?

Jul 26

Hope Deferred and the Pastor-in-Waiting by Dave Harvey

Real ministry doesn’t start with a title, a salary, or a blog. Real ministry begins the moment a man is born again

Jul 25

Episode 036: Noah Oldham on The Pastor's Health

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with Noah Oldham about pastors pursuing physical fitness.

Jul 24

The Pastor's Wounded Back by Gabe Posey

The humility of Christ calls us to let His loaned power rest in our hands, but never to close our fists around it.

Jul 24

Nathan Rose on Traits of Pastors Leading Church Revitalization

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MO, "What traits should a pastor have who is leading church revitalization?"

Jul 20

J.T. English on Discipleship Driven by the Gospel by J.T. English

Series: Conversations

What does discipleship driven by the gospel look like?

Jul 16

Doormat Christians? by Mike Ruel

We think that we are standing up for the truth, but maybe we are just meeting someone’s sin with more sin of our own. 

Jul 13

Trevin Wax On How Social Media Changes Us by Staff

Series: Conversations

Has social media changed the way we think?

Jul 13

The Pastor’s Wife: Exposing Lies and Redeeming Them (Part 2) by Whitney Putnam

Every woman has something dynamic to bring to a local body.

Jul 12

Benefits and Negatives of a Long-Term Pastorate by Ron Pracht

Ron Prach, who served for over 45 years in the same church, reflects on the things learned in a long-term pastorate.

Jul 11

Episode 035: Wrong Ways to be Seeker Sensitive

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses some ways the seeker service approach to church gatherings may be "upside down."

Jul 11

How Satan Seduces Bitter Believers by Dave Harvey

How do you respond when someone you know has sinned against you, or maybe people you love? 

Jul 9

When A Preacher is Not Feeling It by Adam Kareus

If a pastor doesn’t feel like the sermon he delivers is that important, why on earth would his congregation feel different?

Jul 6

The Pastor’s Wife: Exposing Lies and Redeeming Them (Part 1) by Whitney Putnam

Pray to bravely and boldly expose the lies in your own church body and step confidently into the truth.

Jul 6

Clint Pressley On The Pastorate And The Average Churchgoer by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?

Jul 4

How Should a Pastor or Church Leader View Parachurch Ministries? by Dave Harvey

Every day, entrepreneurial Christians are planting parachurch seeds producing ministries that populate the West.

Jul 4

Celebrity Delivers by Gabe Posey

If Jesus truly is the best thing in this world, we are free to be nobodies. 

Jul 3

Leading Through Change by Jim Essian

You could completely bomb this change challenge that’s before you. I mean fall-on-your-face fail. And God’s love for you will not change.

Jul 2

Christ as Sole Mediator by Rachel Rose

We need no other mediator between God and Man; Jesus is enough.

Jun 29

Dear Beloved Christian Men by Allyson Todd

I want to tell you what God sees when he looks at you, why I love you, and how I hope to encourage you in the midst of our cynical culture.

Jun 29

Him We Proclaim: Heeding Spurgeon’s Call to Preach Jesus from the Entire Bible by Jason K. Allen

This call is not merely a nudge toward a more polished homiletical delivery; rather it comes with the weighty knowledge that the message of a crucified and risen Christ alone saves. 

Jun 28

Pastors, Hold Fast Until Relieved by Jared Stacy

 Sometimes for all of our learnedness, experience, and ministry strategizing— we forget that the battle is Jesus’ to win.

Jun 28

Feed the Sheep – No Matter How Many Are In the Pasture by Tim Counts

The supremacy of Christ over all things is what makes preaching him valuable, whether it is to 30 or 3,000.

Jun 27

Episode 034: Won Kwak

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, New Jersey, about growing up a pastor's kid, raising up leaders in the church, and the challenges and opportunities of doing ministry in New York City metro.

Jun 27

Pastor, Preach Hypocritical Sermons by Kris Sinclair

We’re not called to model perfection for our churches, our sole responsibility is to shine the spotlight on the only One who ever was perfect.

Jun 22

Advice for Preaching Funeral Sermons by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The funeral is not your Sunday morning exposition. It is a unique situation in which you have been given a special assignment.

Jun 22

Michael Kelley on Difficult Things In Life by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life taught you the most?

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.