Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Alvin Reid

What is the one thing you would tell first-time student ministers?

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing you would tell first-time student ministers?

Jun 15, 2015

Andrew Walker on Christian Ethics

Why should the average Christian care about the study of ethics?

Series: Conversations

Why should the average Christian care about the study of ethics?

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Brandon Shields

What is the one thing you would say is most important for the future of church planting?

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing you would say is most important for the future of church planting?

Jun 15, 2015

Adam McClendon on Counseling Troubled Marriages

What should pastors remember in counseling those in troubled marriages?

What should pastors remember in counseling those in troubled marriages?

Jun 15, 2015

Tim Lubinus on The Mission Field of the Midwest by Tim Lubinus

Series: Mission Field Interviews

We asked Tim Lubinus, Executive Director of the Baptist Convention of Iowa, to describe the nation's Midwest region as a mission field.

Jun 15, 2015

Nathan Finn on Ethnic Diversity in The Church

What are some important things churches can do to work toward ethnic diversity in the congregation?

by Staff

"What are some important things churches can do to work toward ethnic diversity in the congregation?"

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Russell Moore

What is the one thing you would say to the pastor concerned about cultural decline?

by Staff

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing you would say to the pastor concerned about cultural decline?

Jun 15, 2015

A Goodbye to Youth Ministry by Mike Leake

As I find myself passing the student ministry baton off to others, I have laid out for them a simple philosophy of youth ministry. Perhaps it will be beneficial to you as well

Jun 14, 2015

The Gospel for Roman Catholics by A.D. Robles

Roman Catholics need the gospel for the same reason we all need it. We are all sinners with such a messed up and low view of how holy holiness really is that we think somehow through our own efforts we can attain it.

Jun 14, 2015

I'm Not Nervous (and That's Not Bad) by Adam McClendon

I regularly hear conference speakers claim that if someone isn’t nervous before they stand up to declare the words of God then something is wrong.  I'm not sure this is right.

Jun 13, 2015

Don't Just Have A Mission, Live Your Mission by Rob Trahan

Your church's vision must become more than just a catchphrase. It should be the embodiment of the way God is driving your church to achieve His mission.

Jun 12, 2015

Bruce Jenner's Tragic Misadventure by Thor Madsen

God can save us, one by one.  He can bring the awakening that we need, with all the good side-effects that would follow from it.  We’ve always known that, based on Scripture; and now, with each new headline, we can also feel its truth as never before.

Jun 12, 2015

4 Reasons to Preach Imprecatory Psalms by Russell L. Meek

It would make the preacher’s job a lot easier if these tough words appeared in the mouths of the wicked. Then we could just brush them aside -- "Nothing to see here, folks." So, sure, I get why people don’t preach these psalms. But here are four reasons why you should . . .

Jun 11, 2015

Letting the Bible Speak

Why Expository Preaching?

The power of an effective pulpit ministry is not determined by the rhetorical ability with which one preaches. Nor is it authenticated by the size of the congregation to which one speaks. The power of an effective ministry is determined by the faithfulness with which one seeks clearly, consistently, and courageously to proclaim the whole counsel of God.

Jun 11, 2015

Mapping a Pastoral Call, Part Four

Compulsion

Has God clearly impressed upon your heart and life in some way that the only course of life and action for you is to serve the Lord, even to the final drop of blood and the last breath of your lungs in laboring hard for the advance of the gospel? If not, please do something else.

Jun 10, 2015

The Church is Full of Orphans by John Wohlgemuth

What happens when someone gets lost in the crowd of church? They feel more like a number than a family member.

Jun 10, 2015

Paul's All-Purpose Pastoral and Missional Key by Jonny Woodrow

I’m not against strategies and tools. But what I’ve learned in the last few years is that Jesus hasn’t hidden anything from us. He is not at the Father’s side hoping we are clever enough to unlock the mystery of a healthy church.

Jun 8, 2015

When The Pastoral Thrill Is Gone by Brandon Shields

Let the thrill of ministry die away, and seek the presence of the thrill-giver through communion, solitude, service, and contentment, and you will find a world of new thrills all the time.

Jun 8, 2015

On Preaching and Public Invitations by Jason K. Allen

Should the sermon conclude with an invitation?

Jun 7, 2015

The Gospel For Mormon Missionaries by A.D. Robles

One of my elders and I confronted these Mormon missionaries with biblical fact after fact, all of which stood in conflict with their deeply held convictions. Nothing seemed to faze them. Except one thing . . .

Jun 7, 2015

Make Disciples, Not Clones by Steve Patton

Let's find ways to welcome and celebrate diverse cultural expressions among believers. To fail to do so is to rob God of the varying forms of worship due His name.

Jun 7, 2015

The Power of Music by Caleb Brasher

So when you sing on Sunday, make sure you are raising your hands and heart because of the words that you are singing and not simply because of the emotions that you are feeling.

Jun 7, 2015

The Decline of Biblical Languages by David Roach

Augustine of Hippo, the great theologian and North African bishop, said men who “speak the common tongue” need “two other languages for the study of Scripture: Hebrew and Greek.”

Jun 6, 2015

Why Ordination? by Rob Trahan

Since churches looking for pastoral candidates seem to be all the map when it comes to ordination, does it make sense for aspiring ministers to pursue it?

Jun 5, 2015

The Importance of the Pastoral "I Don't Know" by Jared C. Wilson

One of the most valuable sentences in a pastor's arsenal is "I don't know."

Jun 4, 2015

The Church and Her Transgender Neighbors by Katie McCoy

The increasing presence of transgender individuals demonstrates humanity’s underlying desire to understand themselves, to achieve a sense of wholeness.

Jun 4, 2015

Mapping a Pastoral Call, Part Three

Affirmation and Opportunity

It was probably the most difficult conversation I had ever had. Sitting across from me were two leaders I had a great deal of respect for and a large desire to work with. I couldn't wait to be part of this team, launching a new work with them. And then the bottom fell out.

Jun 3, 2015

Pastor, Don't Take Chances in Ministry by Nick Jones

Again and again we see Paul saying: don’t wait for things to happen. Go minister. Be active. Don’t neglect your gifts; use them. Don’t wait to see if ministry happens; go make it happen.

Jun 3, 2015

Serving Your Spouse During Their Dark Seasons by Jamaal Williams

At the end of the day, loving our spouse through darkness means doing everything we can to make sure they know they are loved.  Sometimes this means speaking hard truths to them in love, but many times this means entering into their state as a listener and a lover.

Jun 3, 2015

All His Breakers and His Waves

On One Church's Suffering and Stubborn Faith

I would say that the chief thing I learned during my relatively short ministry time in Vermont was how to pastor a suffering church. But we learned that God is sweet and gracious and what it actually means for the death of his saints to be precious to him.

Jun 2, 2015

The Spectacularly Ordinary Ministry of My Wife by Steve Bezner

At root, I think a move of the gospel requires many more ordinary moments than we realize—and far fewer grand gatherings. It is in the little moments, the simple times of meals and working and expressing kindness that Jesus is displayed. Such moments are, after all, much more poignant than any sort of spectacle we might produce.

Jun 1, 2015

A Personal Invitation to FTC at SBC by Staff

Midwestern Seminary President Jason K. Allen gives a brief overview of the upcoming FTC at SBC regional conference event. Register today.

Jun 1, 2015

What Do You Do With The Discouraged Pastor? by Jim Elliff

There are things you can do for your pastor that are like a drink of cool water on a dry, dusty day.

May 31, 2015

Preaching With Patience by Jonathan Shradar

When I am inclined to be frustrated when someone is just not “getting it," I am reminded of Jesus’ gracious and patient teaching by way of reminder among the disciples.

May 31, 2015

The Gospel For Drug Addicts by A.D. Robles

The life of a drug addict is a life of worship. Every decision made; where to live, what to spend money on, what to do in leisure time, who to spend time with, where to work etc., is made with the addiction in mind. The addiction becomes a god who is a slave master.

May 31, 2015

Jesus and Homosexuality by J. Alan Branch

A careful reading of the Gospels reveals it is a non sequitur to argue that Jesus affirmed homosexual relationships. I’d like to suggest six reasons why this form of “Gay Christian” argumentation fails . . .

May 30, 2015

Don't Feed The Bears

Avoiding Power-Hungry Church Members

In a desire to help us avoid the hungry bears in our churches, I would like to submit five types of people to avoid when choosing leaders for your church . . .

May 29, 2015

Jason Allen on The FTC Regional Conference

Why Am I Committed to Expository Preaching?

by Staff
May 28, 2015

The Faith Walk of Leadership by Mike Ayers

It is not enough to do God’s will. Leaders must do God’s will God’s way.

May 28, 2015

Mapping a Pastoral Call, Part Two

Gifting

Have you ever seen someone attempt something they aren't capable of accomplishing? On one hand, you feel there is a sense of nobility in the effort they put forward to carry out whatever task they've put their misdirected skill to accomplish. On the other hand it's uncomfortable and troubling to watch someone flounder, fail and become frustrated with themselves over the toil of their labor. They just aren't in the…

May 27, 2015

Matt Carter on The FTC Regional Conference

How To Pastor in a Sex-Saturated Culture

by Staff
May 27, 2015

The Pastor As Nursing Mother

Cultivating Gentleness in Ministry

This is not the image that most readily comes to mind when we think of pastoral ministry. Nobody flocks to pastor's conferences to learn about this. But it is incredibly important.

May 27, 2015

My Grandpa's Marriage Advice by Darrin Patrick

Most advice given about finding the “right person” to marry is about identifying a certain skill-set. Whether it’s a lasting legacy or a ticket to a comfortable lifestyle, the search becomes a matter of discovering what will be useful to achieve that goal. And this type of thinking is contrary to the gospel.

May 26, 2015

5 Jesus-Centered Truths For Evangelism by J.A. Medders

In evangelism, we’ll often talk about a variety of topics (suffering, faith, truth, etc.), but don’t forget that you are ultimately there to proclaim Christ. Always bring it back to Jesus. When I’m evangelizing, there are five truths I want to communicate about Jesus.

May 26, 2015

7 Questions to Answer Before Your Next Sermon by Jason K. Allen

I can overlook an essential element to the preaching process if I don’t intentionally pause and reflect upon the task at hand. These seven questions help me do just that.

May 25, 2015

Preach Like a Church Planter by Peyton Hill

No Sunday church gathering consists of believers alone. Yet, for most pastors of established churches, our tendency is to preach to the same people each week.

May 25, 2015

As It Gets Worse, It Cannot Get Desperate by Jared C. Wilson

Cheer up. The worst thing they can do is kill us

May 24, 2015

The Gospel for Spiritualists by A.D. Robles

The spiritualist needs the gospel of Jesus Christ for the same reason we all need it. We have already tried to be our own god and the result has been complete disaster.

May 23, 2015

Profile of a Church Planting Church, Part 3 by Robin D. Hadaway

After a year of teaching and a trip to Jerusalem by Paul and Barnabas to clarify the doc­trine of salvation concerning the Gentiles (commonly known as the Jerusalem Council), this almost 2-year-old church was ready to begin its mis­sion . . .

May 21, 2015

Introverts in the Dearest Place on Earth by Jared Musgrove

Both extroverts and introverts must do the work to see that those with the gift of introversion are a grace to God’s Church, so I have some considerations for my fellow introverted church members and the extroverts who love them.