Resources by Theme: Pastoral

May 8, 2015

Preaching Sanctification by Nick Floyd

May our goal be to produce a congregation full of hot hearts ready to change the world for God who completely rest in the work of Christ.

May 8, 2015

The Psalms as Prescription for Depression by Nick Murray

When the darkness is heaviest, it is hard to go to the Word. But I believe that those are the times where the Word is the most necessary. 

May 7, 2015

Satan Downloads Your Podcast by Jamaal Williams

In pastoral ministry and in our Christian walk in general, we can easily ignore or lose sight of the reality of Spiritual warfare because it is an invisible battle. Paul’s plea to the church at Ephesus and to us today is, “Don’t become so sophisticated that you think people are your enemy or that you can become sanctified by sheer will-power.”

May 7, 2015

Letters to a New Believer, Part One

You're Not a Leader Yet

About a year or so into being a Christian, I did something absolutely, spectacularly dumb: I joined the men's ministry leadership team at our church. Seriously, on a scale of dumb to really dumb, this was just the worst.

May 7, 2015

Stating the Obvious in Worship by Dustin Rouse

When we worship in song, we are recognizing what is already true about God. We are saying: Look at our God, behold our Savior - He is worthy of our praise! We don’t make God glorious with our praise; rather, we praise Him because He is glorious.

May 6, 2015

I Have Identified the Problem, and It Is You by Jared C. Wilson

On the spirit of charity in the work of receiving criticism and dishing it out.

May 6, 2015

Vehicles of God’s Pursuit

The Necessity of Persistence in Evangelism

I lived the first decade and a half of my twenty plus years as Christian burdened with the idea that my task in evangelism was two-fold: to preach and to bring about conversion. When I was faithful to the first task but unproductive in the second, I often experience debilitating discouragement. It is difficult for me to convey the freedom that washed over my heart when the burden of responsibility…

May 6, 2015

The Pulpit is the Prow of the World by Staff

Yes, the world's a ship on its passage out . . .

May 6, 2015

Embracing Accusation by Andrew Hebert

The moment I think I have what it takes, or that I am eminently qualified, or that I deserve to be a pastor, is the moment when my pride will get in the way of Christ using me.

May 6, 2015

Your Student Ministry Needs Expository Preaching by Jason Kees

I began to realize that I failed miserably as a youth minister to the students who were under my care. I saw for the first time what preaching truly is, how serious it should be taken, and what is at stake. I went back to my dorm room, sat down on the floor, and wept.

May 5, 2015

On Never Fumbling by Dean Inserra

A past mistake might motivate a football player, but it won't do much for my sinful nature. My only hope is to fix my eyes, mind, and heart on the One who cannot and will not ever fumble me out of his hands.

May 5, 2015

Doctrine is Not a Formality by Staff

We cannot afford to be perfunctory about doctrine.

May 5, 2015

Planter, Be a Pastor by Joshua Hedger

Men who pursue planting churches should do so only after putting in the time to develop a pastor's heart. 

May 4, 2015

Profile of a Church Planting Church, Part 1 by Robin D. Hadaway

The first thing we should say about a church-planting church is that it has been purified in the crucible of difficulty.

May 4, 2015

The Blessings of Bivocational Ministry by D.A. Horton

Starting out bivocational for a season may provide your church with the stability you need to have a long lasting impact in the city God has called you to.

May 3, 2015

The Gospel for Atheists by A.D. Robles

We must confront atheists with their many worldview contradictions and urge them that it doesn’t have to be that way. Jesus Christ is the truth, and the truth will set you free.

May 2, 2015

Help People Respond to the Gospel by Michael Bryant

When Christians share the gospel they must make sure that they communicate faithfully and clearly what Scripture teaches about the good news.

May 2, 2015

False Teachers Are Gentlemen by Staff

It will seldom be popular to resist false teachers in the church because they are almost always perceived as bringing a blessing and speaking with winsome words. They are gentlemen.

May 1, 2015

Christless Christian Character Studies

King David, King Jesus, and Correct Leadership Application

In order to understand the narratives of the Old Testament and the leadership principles contained within its passages, Jesus must drive the meaning of the texts.

May 1, 2015

Livid at the Lord's Table by Nathan Rose

It was my fourth week as the senior pastor of Liberty Baptist Church and I received the nastiest voicemail message I have ever heard.

Apr 30, 2015

Why Do We Need So Many Books On the Gospel? by Staff

After 2,000 years, don't we know by now what the gospel is? Haven't we "been-there-done-that?" Why do we need one book after another on the same old topic?

Apr 30, 2015

Leaders Stoop by Joey Cochran

When we lead loyally, people will remember who we follow.

Apr 30, 2015

The First Sunday in February by Dean Inserra

Thinking soberly about low church attendance.

Apr 29, 2015

We Believe God is Ready to Shake America to Its Foundations by Staff

If spiritually dry Boston and New England can receive such a shaking of God . . .

Apr 28, 2015

Real Preaching is Attractive by Staff

When Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that people still will come to hear preaching in our contemporary culture, he adds two qualifications . . .

Apr 28, 2015

The Missional Calvin by Staff

Calvin so believed in the importance of the everyday activities of Christian life and mission that he had a strange but telling practice in Geneva . . .

Apr 28, 2015

Mapping a Pastoral Call, Part One

Desire

Men who are called to the pastoral office want to be there. They feel it in their bones. "God made me for this, and this is what I will do by his grace." Calling to the ministry doesn't exist apart from a desire to do that work.

Apr 28, 2015

Why We Need a Gospel-Centered, Missional Church by Joel Lindsey

Sadly, because of its inability, and often unwillingness, to adapt to its surroundings, the church lost its point of contact with culture, and with that, its voice and influence. Thus the need for a gospel-centered missional church. But what is a gospel-centered, missional church?

Apr 28, 2015

Three Lessons from Spurgeon on the Christian Life by Christian George

The lessons that Charles Spurgeon offered his friends in the Hôtel Beau Rivage on the coast of the French Riviera in 1891 are as applicable to our own day as they were to those living in the late-Victorian era.

Apr 28, 2015

Shticky Church by J.A. Medders

The Church of the crucified and risen Lord Jesus is filled and fueled by resurrection power—so, why do we turn to gimmicks and get-growth-quick schemes?

Apr 27, 2015

4 Barriers to Community by Darrin Patrick

If you want to be known, served, and celebrated in community, you'll need to be challenged by that community. And that community will help you live the life you've always wanted.

Apr 27, 2015

Expositional Preaching: Good Stuff vs. God Stuff by Andrew Hebert

Expositional preaching benefits the church because it elevates the Word of God and minimizes the opinions of the preacher.

Apr 27, 2015

What Should My Church Sing?

Part 1: He Will Hold Me Fast

We want to encourage churches to sing songs that are theologically rich and coherent, gospel-centered, hope-instilling, and singable. Far too often we don’t know where to look for these songs. “What Should My Church Sing?” is a series of posts that will aim to grow your churches hymnody by pointing you to songs that we think your church should sing.

Apr 27, 2015

Brothers, We Are Not Brands by Keith Collier

I don’t think most Christians have a calculated, self-conscious plan to build their brands. At first blush, we recoil at the thought of pride and self-promotion. But the incipient nature of pride works its way into our thoughts and actions quietly. What we think are noble aspirations to build his kingdom can sometimes be tainted with a desire to build ourselves up. It’s a vice we must all fight.

Apr 27, 2015

God's People Need a Pastor, Not Just a Preacher

Four Practical Ways to Faithfully Shepherd Your People

People come weary and broken into the doors of church on Sunday. They need to hear a word from the Lord. Yes, they often need to be challenged, stretched, exhorted, and rebuked. But if all they ever hear is that they don’t love Jesus enough, aren’t making disciples fast enough and with enough urgency, aren’t praying enough and are sinning too much—if this is all the people hear every single…

Apr 27, 2015

Knowing When to Leave (and Other Pastoral Issues) by Greg Belser

5 questions on life and pastoral ministry with Pastor Greg Belser.

Apr 27, 2015

Pursuing the Right Thing in Ministry by Matt Chandler

If your hope is set on anything other than Christ, how will you survive when ministry goes bad? And it will.

Apr 26, 2015

The Age of the Earth

A Conversation Among Bereans

In the end, "the age of the earth" is an intramural discussion among creationists that only serves to bind us closer together in refuting that which is clearly contrary to Scripture, the theory of evolution.  

Apr 25, 2015

As One with Authority

On Fred Craddock and Authoritative Preaching

The modern mind may well be adverse to authority and disinclined to trust the “sage on the stage.” Nonetheless, where there is no authority, there is no true preaching.

Apr 25, 2015

The Best Leaders are the Best Repenters by Staff

"Most churches make the mistake of selecting as leaders the confident, the competent, and the successful."

Apr 25, 2015

The Essential Element of Christian Leadership by Jimmy Draper

The lack of certainty of a divine call to the ministry is one of the main reasons why approximately one-half of seminary students leave the ministry within 5 years after leaving the seminary. Without the assurance of God’s call on your life you will not make it in ministry. But while the ministry is a terrible vocation, it is a wonderful calling.

Apr 24, 2015

For The Renaissance by Jared C. Wilson

Managing editor Jared Wilson explains the vision of For The Church as a place to help contribute to the burgeoning "writing culture" developing in the gospel-centered movement.

Apr 24, 2015

Don't Forget Your Wife by Joshua Hedger

I am by no means perfect in these areas, but I strive to be better each week. At the end of my days I am not primarily concerned with someone standing over my casket and saying that I was a good preacher or an attentive pastor. I want my wife to say that I loved her well.

Apr 24, 2015

What Makes Expositional Preaching Expositional? by Andrew Hebert

In the world of preaching, much preaching masquerades as “expositional” preaching that isn’t actually expositional. There is much preaching about the Bible, but is that the only benchmark for a sermon to be considered expositional?

Apr 24, 2015

What Do You Do?

Vocation as Mission

What we do helps define who we are. As Christians, we must view our vocations as opportunities for worship and witness in the world. We must “work heartily, as for the Lord.”

Apr 24, 2015

Knowing the Good and Doing the Good

Why Your Church Should Care About Ethics

Ethics at the level of the local church is never an enterprise to puff up the church’s standing based on moralism. All that we do proceeds from who we are.

Apr 23, 2015

Nourishing the Pastor's Heart by Jared C. Wilson

Managing editor Jared Wilson expresses our vision for FTC's ministry to pastors.

Apr 23, 2015

A Word to the Young Pastor by Ronni Kurtz

For any pastor, especially the young one, it is easy to become self-centered. We can even see this in ministry too, when guys perform ministry duties so that they are made much of. In the nicest way I can let me remind you, young pastor, that by yourself there is nothing in you but sin and death.

Apr 23, 2015

How a Pastor (Re)Builds Men by Jared Musgrove

I’m reminded of God’s faithful use of community to rebuild this young pastor and prepare him to shepherd more boldly and faithfully. I want to do the same for the men in my church and sphere.