Resources by Theme: Pastoral

May 6

Looking Back on Easter

Methods Matter in Both Outreach and Criticism

We can critique so often and in such ways that we also hurt the cause.

May 3

Understanding Our True Citizenship by Sam Emadi

In local churches, converted men and women manifest God’s righteous rule and true political righteousness.

May 3

Adam McClendon on Counseling Troubled Marriages by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations

What should pastors remember in counseling those in troubled marriages?

May 1

When Should A Child Be Baptized? by Brent Prentice

A child must also see that in their sinful nature-state they are morally deficient and hopelessly unrighteous.

May 1

The Disconnect by Adam Kareus

The disconnect happens when we forget who we are in Christ and choose to live in our old ways of self-reliance, self-determination, and self-rule.

May 1

Episode 056: For The Church Mailbag

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On the latest installment of the For The Church Mailbag feature, Jared Wilson is joined by Ronni Kurtz. Listen in as they answer submitted questions related to the Christian life and ministry.

Apr 29

How to Fall in Ministry

And What to Do if You Do

Four steps to making a trainwreck of your life. And how to get back on track.

Apr 26

‘Listening’ As An Essential Word Ministry by Chris Thomas

One of the most significant personal needs a person has is the need to be heard.

Apr 26

The Worship Leader and Anxiety by Brent Dyer

I believe isolation is the enemy’s number one tool to take down worship pastors.

Apr 26

H.B. Charles Jr. on Sermon Prep by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Series: Conversations

What are the non-negotiables for sermon preparation?

Apr 24

David Prince by David Prince

Series: Conversations

What does gospel-centered parental discipline look like?

Apr 23

Russell Moore on the Culture War by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

If conservatives have lost the culture war and the American church is in decline, what is there for evangelicals to be encouraged by?

Apr 19

A Good Friday Admonition from Andrew Fuller

Preach Christ Crucified

by Staff

On this Good Friday, consider these words from one of church history's greatest Baptist theologians on the apostolic preaching of the cross of Christ.

Apr 19

D. A. Horton on Winning Your Church to Mission by D.A. Horton

Series: Conversations

How does a pastor win his church to mission?

Apr 17

Why Christians Oppose Abortion

Theological and Sociological Reasons

When Christians oppose abortion, they are beginning with the fundamental belief that humans are the capstone of creation, created in the image of God, and therefore ought to be preserved.

Apr 17

Be Tender-Hearted and Thick-Skinned

How Humility Protects Pastors from Pastoral Burnout

Sheep have been known to bite their shepherd. How should pastors respond in the face of unjust criticism?

Apr 17

Episode 055: Ed Stetzer on Whatever Happened to Missional?

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with Ed Stetzer about the state of "missional" in the evangelical church.

Apr 16

Matt Carter on Training Young Men for Ministry

What are some unique things you’ve learned in training young men for ministry?

Series: Conversations

Matt Carter on unique things he has learned in training young men for ministry.

Apr 15

Pastors Are Special

4 Reasons Pastoral Work is Different (and What You and I Should Do About It)

I'm convinced that too few church members often think about the burdens and responsibilities that really do make ministry special. 

Apr 10

Matt Chandler on Marriage and Ministry by Matt Chandler

Series: Conversations

How do you cultivate a healthy marriage in the midst of a busy ministry?

Apr 7

Freed From Sin by Charles Spurgeon

We must sing of the finished work of a precious Saviour; and he who knows most of forgiving love will sing the loudest.

Apr 5

Trevin Wax on The Future of The Church by Staff

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the future of the church?

Apr 3

Episode 054: Growing Without Going Attractional

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz discuss guarding against consumerism and pragmatism in a growing church.

Apr 3

Antinomianism and the Modern Church by Logan Bennett

Christ takes all of our law-breaking and gives us all of His law-keeping, placing the Christian completely under Himself, grace.

Apr 2

Steve Bezner on What Average Churchgoers May Not Understand About Being a Pastor by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX, "What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?​"​

Apr 1

2 Surprises From Ministry Travels Outside of the USA by Steve Burchett

Churches, train and send missionaries who are not only godly, and not just eager, but also knowledgeable

Mar 29

Robby Gallaty on The Future of the Church by Staff

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the future of the church?

Mar 27

You Can Doubt and Have Faith without Exploding by Travis Dickinson

If I’m doubting some aspect of my faith, I should dive deep in investigating that aspect.

Mar 27

Mark Dever On The Importance of Expository Preaching by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

Why is expository preaching as important today as it’s always been?

Mar 25

Don’t Preach Microwaved Leftover Sermons by Jared C. Wilson

I know more than a few pastors—and overhear many more besides—who cite the busyness of their ministry lives as the reason sermon preparation gets crowded out week to week.

Mar 22

John Calvin as an Intellectual Model for Pastor-Theologians by Jonathon Woodyard

The intellectual discipline exhibited by Calvin in his early years of study, and consistently displayed in his years of ministry in Geneva, is worth emulating. 

Mar 22

Dean Inserra on Successful Outreach by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

What’s been the most successful form of outreach your church has practiced?

Mar 21

What Was It Like to Pastor at 17? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

What was it like to pastor at seventeen? Ultimately, the short answer is credit to God. For that matter, the long answer is God. God did it all!

Mar 20

Episode 053: Chris Thomas

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with Chris Thomas, Lead Pastor of Raymond Terrace Community Church in New South Wales, Australia.

Mar 20

Your Church Needs Biblical Theology by Russell L. Meek

Biblical theology shows us that this covenant was superseded in a way we couldn’t imagine.

Mar 19

Why Preaching? by Jason K. Allen

Preaching is the pastor's indispensable task, his most paramount duty, and his most consequential and urgent job assignment. For the pastor, preaching is priority number one.​

Mar 18

Why Your Preaching Stinks by Jason Paredes

Maybe the main reason your preaching is subpar is because your expectations are subpar. 

Mar 17

Remember the Poor by Charles Spurgeon

Why does God allow so many of his children to be poor?

Mar 15

The Most Important Discovery I Learned in Seminary by Jason G. Duesing

To read the Old Testament is to encounter many new areas of knowledge that might appear tangential or skippable. 

Mar 15

Church Discipline: Done for the Self-Loving Lord by C. J. Moore

Though God surely loves you and me, there is someone He loves even more: Himself.

Mar 15

J.A. Medders on Pastoring Elderly Church Members by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

How can a young pastor lead elderly church members well?

Mar 13

Leading Your Ministry Marriage Well by Mark Dance

It feels counterintuitive for ministers to talk about their own health, but self-care is strategic, not selfish.

Mar 13

The Dangers of Disconnected Discipleship by Brian Zunigha

Don’t view discipleship as a separate activity from your church engagement and involvement.

Mar 12

'The Gospel-Driven Church' Releases Today! by Staff

This new book from FTC managing editor Jared C. Wilson promises to help you introduce your dreams for church growth to the biblical metrics of grace.

Mar 11

Steering from the Stage

Keys for Gospel-Driven Preaching

Who is church for? And what do they need? - An exclusive excerpt from the new book The Gospel-Driven Church

Mar 11

Are You Persuading or Are You Polarizing? by Katie McCoy

When we polarize, we miss an opportunity to draw someone into a meaningful conversation.

Mar 8

Satan Isn't After the SBC, God Is by Rebekah Hannah

God will not let pastors flatter his people instead of taking responsibility for the many forms of abuse in his church.

Mar 8

David, Jonathan, and the Dangers of Reader-Centered Interpretation by J. Alan Branch

We should grieve when people think the deep friendship of David and Jonathan was sexual.

Mar 8

Steve Bezner on Older Members and Church Changes by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

How do you prepare older or established members for significant change in a church?