What are some important guardrails for a preacher to help him contextualize without compromise?
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.
Christ is the head of the church, and he has given the church and its leadership as gifts to all believers, including me.
When are you most tempted to throw in the towel as a pastor?
A Christian writer should develop his or her craft so that a story is created so beautifully that it rivals the hopeless fiction that runs in abundance today.
How can I help this member see and savor Jesus Christ?
FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, Texas: "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"
I have come to firmly believe that student ministries are uniquely positioned to be mission sending agencies within the local church.
How important is contextualization in preaching and teaching?
At the front door of pastoral ministry, we find that if a pastor isn’t a family man, he’s not a churchman.
On this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz offer some rough notes on navigating the pastoral challenges involved in "changing the DNA" of your church culture.
Actively praying for the children and begging the Lord to save these little ones is not a small request.
Believing, teaching, and defending the truth should be a priority for every Christian.
No matter how severe our loneliness might be, it can never surpass the loneliness of Christ crucified.
What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?
You may feel “all is meaningless.” Especially when you are ministering in the midst of conflict, division, unfair or undue criticism, or even hostility.
Work to embed spiritual growth and vitality into your staff gatherings.
A conviction worth holding is a conviction worth defending and advocating.
How do you adorn the gospel with creative elements in worship without hindering it?
FTC.co asks Jared C. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Spurgeon College and Writer-in-Residence at Midwestern Seminary, what advice he would give a new pastor who already wants to quit.
Pastors and the upcoming election; young pastors among established staff; bivocational priorities; what to expect of teenagers in the church; Josh Harris's announcements.
Paul was able to continue to minister in established fields as well as pioneer new fields largely because his missionary team continued to grow and expand.
When a man is not okay with the life God has given him, he often pursues more not for the glory of God and building of His kingdom, but for the glory of self and building of the self-kingdom.
Pastors, your people want you to go there.
FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MO: "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"
Through yieldedness and surrender, we placed her in the Lord’s hands; it was not easy; lots of tears were shed and fervent intercession was made.
What is the one thing you would say to encourage the pastor’s wife?
For the pastor to ignore evangelism is to have an unfulfilled incomplete ministry.
If we deny we’ve been tempted or sinned, leave out parts of the truth, or distort the facts, then we’re robbing ourselves of holiness and joy.
Though we cannot improve upon the Bible’s relevancy... perhaps we can make our sermons a touch more relevant.
What is the one thing a church needs from its pastor?
On this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz discuss how pastors can biblically and wisely shepherd through relational tensions in the church.
We are not to do good to meet a goal, exercise a gift, or fulfill a calling.
The Spirit convicts Christians of sin so that they will stop hiding in the darkness and instead walk in the light.
FTC.co asks J.D. Greear, Pastor of Summit Church (Raleigh-Durham, NC), "How can a church know it is on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?"
I pray that my soul would not be so fickle as to rely on man’s acclaim or applause or attendance as validation of my ministerial efforts.
What do pastors’ kids wish their churches knew about them?
Whether it’s the man in the pulpit or the believer in the pew, suffering can be the greatest help or the greatest hardship to the proclamation of the gospel.
When it comes to people who are really suffering, many pastors are tempted to feel overwhelmed and under-qualified.
If a man is easily swayed, we are slow to consider him as an elder.
Recently transitioning back into pastoral ministry, what do you feel prepared for this time around?
FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, TX: "What should a pastor do when his church is tired of hearing the Gospel?"
Perhaps our lack of volunteers has less to do with our recruiting strategy and more to do with how we are stewarding our current volunteers.
Attention is to be focused on the Lord, the true object of our service, not people pleasing.
As a theologian, Bavinck listens carefully before making a judgment; this is the kind of theology that pastors need to learn and to emulate.
On this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz discuss what they're reading, what pastors are reading, and what pastors should be reading.
FTC.co asks Christine Hoover, pastor's wife and author of Searching for Spring and Messy Beautiful Friendship, "What does the average churchgoer not understand about their pastor?"
I've been out of pastoral ministry now for 5 years, and while I am not asked as often I was in those first few years, I still get the question a fair amount: "Do you miss it?"
Evangelism is a biblical mandate for every Christian.
God is producing lifelong fruit and an eternal joy within me during these formative years in the classroom and in the church.