Resources by Theme: Pastoral

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. 

Jun 15

I Wouldn’t Have Chosen Me by Adam Kareus

Just like in our salvation when we know we contribute nothing and God has done it all, so I know that He chose me to fulfill his mission and He is the one doing the work.

Jun 15

The Gospel And Your Work by Jason K. Allen

God has indeed made us, by gifting and by calling, for certain tasks.

Jun 13

Episode 033: The Gospel-Shaped Pastor

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses how the good news of the finished work of Jesus Christ applies to the ongoing work of the pastor -- his life, heart, and shepherding.

Jun 13

We Are Not Meant To Be Awesome by Scott Sauls

But what if your name has already been given to you, and your legacy has already been achieved?

Jun 11

Love Your Refugee Neighbor by Taylor DiRoberto

A Story

The water tastes different in Oak Ridge. The sounds outside are harsh. Shouting matches and profanities are common. These are daily realities in urban, government-subsidized housing developments like Oak Ridge. On most nights, however, a different tune resounds amid the discord. Two men, with large chests and thick mustaches, cheerfully discuss the latest Premier League soccer match...in Arabic. One used to be a police officer in…

Jun 8

Don Whitney on Difficult Things in Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?

Jun 8

Seeking Christ While Facing Debt by Grace Pike

In the midst of trying to decrease debt, do not allow the Enemy to make you indifferent, scared, or stagnant.

Jun 7

Be a Small Town Pastor by Steve Bezner

There is a lot of necessity in the rural church. There is less money and fewer bells and whistles. But the Spirit is there. And the gospel is universally applicable.

Jun 6

Pastor, Who Do You Represent? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Transfer growth is an inevitable part of church life. But sheep stealing jeopardizes church health. 

Jun 5

Sometimes, Passivity Is Prideful by Kyle Gregory

The elder who shies away from exercising oversight does the church a disservice just like the authoritarian elder who rules with an ungodly dominance.

Jun 5

Trevin Wax on Other Kinds of Books Pastors Should Read

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference Publisher at Lifeway Christian Resources, "What kind of books should pastors read that they may not normally be drawn to?"

Jun 4

Growing Old Graciously by Jared C. Wilson

I want to finish strong. Don't you?