Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Jul 17

The Bible is Better Than Google by Margaret Bronson

Because of His perfection, we know that what He says is reliably true. 

Jul 14

How Can Pastors Have a “Gospel-Centered” Ministry? by Owen Strachan

For the glory of God, the pastor labors to make the message of Christ’s finished work known to needy, hell-bound sinners.

Jul 13

Remember the Sabbath: Part 4 by Mike Ayers

The Sabbath separates us from the notion that the world can’t survive without us.

Jul 11

A Faithful Steward of My Other Pulpit by H.B. Charles, Jr.

I am tempted to erect a false dichotomy, where I recognize that the pulpit at my church is the Lord’s, but the “pulpit” on my smartphone is mine to use at my discretion.

Jul 11

Why Ministers Should Learn to Write Well by Steven Thompson

Both verbal and written communication are important because of the significance of the message we are conveying.

Jul 7

FTC Phoenix Videos by T. Patrick Hudson

Watch all the videos from the recent FTC: Phoenix event at the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention, including talks from Al Mohler, Mark Dever, Thom Rainer, and Jared C. Wilson.

Jul 7

5 Reasons Sermons Fail by Jason K. Allen

Sufficient preparation is indispensable to faithful preaching. Insufficient preparation makes mortals of us all.

Jul 7

Why You Will Join the Wrong Church by Sam Emadi

Instead of valuing consumerism, the Bible roots our membership in the idea of a covenant, which offers an infinitely superior alternative.

Jul 6

Remember the Sabbath: Part 3 by Mike Ayers

Transformation from true sabbath rest comes by renewing our minds, not simply amusing them.

Jul 6

Pastor, Don't Forsake the Goodness of Deep Friendships by Steve Bezner

When taking the risk to develop deep friendships with others, I find that most of my deepest pastoral worries never comes to pass.

Jul 3

VBS Is Worth The Cost by Ryan Higginbottom

We trust God to use his word as he sends it forth, and we pray for fruit.

Jun 30

Church Planting Across Ethnic Lines by Joel Kurz

When God burdens a preacher for a people group, a neighborhood, or a block, it’s right for that preacher to go and become all things to all people so that he might save some.

Jun 28

Stop Trying to Preach a Home Run by Chad Lengyel

Our hope is that God is incredibly generous with how much grace he dispenses and upon whom He dispenses it.

Jun 23

Suggestions for Pastors When Your Church is not Happy with You by Jim Elliff

The man I wanted to be was the man God prescribed, above all.

Jun 23

The Power of Company by Adam Kareus

The power of God flows through the Christian community and it also flows through our lives as we live alongside non-believers.

Jun 21

10 Signs You Are Burning Out by Jim Essian

We are holistic beings who need holistic rest.

Jun 21

The Blessings and Burdens of A Church Planter’s Wife by Gloria Furman

Church planting wives need to have the light of God’s Word shine on their various blessings and burdens.

Jun 21

How to Encourage Your Pastor by David McLemore

Trust that your pastor is following Jesus closely enough that you can trust him. 

Jun 19

How Ecclesiology is the Doctrine That Integrates All Others by Rick Holland

Considering the multiple dimensions of church life is like walking through one of those warehouse hardware stores. The complexities are countless.

Jun 19

A Revival Without Christ at the Center is Not Revival by Jared C. Wilson

Revival given of the Spirit of the living God, places Christ always and ever at the center.

Jun 16

The Routine Absurdity of Leaders Growing Large (Part 2) by Dave Harvey

God loves us so much that he will push us off the altar of our accomplishments. 

Jun 15

More than a Messenger

The Pastor as Farm-Steward and Soldier

For a pastor, the stewardship of the gospel message is best understood in light of the broader stewardship of the household of God.

Jun 15

A Few Words to Aspiring Pastors by Mike Brooks

Oh, that ministers-to-be might give themselves to the time and to the process of becoming the man God will use to shepherd his people.

Jun 14

No Lesser Women by Allyson Todd

Since we all bear God’s image, we should affirm and celebrate every kind of personality He has designed. 

Jun 13

Why Church Membership Matters by Jason K. Allen

Series: 2017 For The Church Conference at SBC - Phoenix

Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO

Jun 13

Why Discipleship Matters by Jared C. Wilson

Series: 2017 For The Church Conference at SBC - Phoenix

Jared C. Wilson, director of Content Strategy and managing editor of For The Church.

Jun 13

Why Baptism Matters by Mark Dever

Series: 2017 For The Church Conference at SBC - Phoenix

Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC.

Jun 13

Why Biblical Manhood Matters by Owen Strachan

Series: 2017 For The Church Conference at SBC - Phoenix

Owen Strachan, associate professor of Christian Theology and Director of the Center for Public Theology

Jun 13

Why Prayer Matters by Steve Gaines

Series: 2017 For The Church Conference at SBC - Phoenix

Dr. Steve Gaines, Senior Pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis TN. President of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Jun 13

Why Inerrancy Matters by Albert Mohler

Series: 2017 For The Church Conference at SBC - Phoenix

Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.

Jun 9

The Routine Absurdity of Leaders Growing Large (Part 1) by Dave Harvey

When I can’t hear the gospel, my role grows large, my expectations swell and my mind visits some strange places and absurd ideas.

Jun 7

Defending Substitution: A Resolution for the Southern Baptist Convention by Owen Strachan

There is no salvation without full and final atonement for sin. 

Jun 5

When Discipleship Stalls by Adam Kareus

When we continue to uphold the gospel and what Christ has done, then they will see the purpose of discipleship.

Jun 5

Bring the Books!

In Defense of More 'Gospely' Writing

The idea that a book could impact a soul, that it could awaken something fresh in a weary spirit, give a reader a new sense of Christ's grace that changes everything -- that's worth writing for.

Jun 2

5 Rules for Sermon Illustrations by Jason K. Allen

Always seek to feed your people, do not settle for unhelpful—or even less helpful— diversions.

Jun 2

Bed Sheets, Calendars and Prayer by Whitney Putnam

When our churches recall the duty of prayer, they also step into the exact footsteps Christ taught his disciples to live. 

Jun 1

The Orphan, the Church, and the Pastor

The Logic of William Carey and the Orphan-Care Crisis

In aiming to exemplify hospitality to orphans, pastors are given the unique opportunity of leveraging their influence to fulfill James's biblical ideal of pure and undefiled religion.

May 31

Stop Using Your Personality Test as a Crutch by Michael Kelley

If you’re a Christian, knowing your personality is not your end game.

May 24

What's the Best Way for a Pastor to Negotiate His Salary? by Dave Harvey

God rarely invites men into ministry roles where some kind of financial faith is not required to accept the role.

May 24

Four Reasons to Bring Your Bible to Church by Mike Phay

Touching and handling a Bible anchors us physically to God’s gracious gift of the Bible itself.

May 17

Pastors, Spend Time with Non-Pastors by Garrett Kell

Being around the flock helps them see what our message looks like in real life.

May 16

Aren’t There Already Enough Churches? by Joel Littlefield

Some ask, "Do we really need another church?" The better question is, "Are there still lost people in our communities?"

May 16

MBTS Chapel with Dr. Owen Strachan by Owen Strachan

Dr. Owen Strachan preaching Revelation 12:10-12 at MBTS Chapel.

May 15

Prayer Isn't Magic by Jared C. Wilson

The way some people talk about prayer owes more to New Age spirituality and witchcraft than biblical Christianity.

May 12

You Are Not The Story by H.B. Charles, Jr.

We do not have editorial authority over the message.

May 10

Preachers: God Will Make the Dents by Erik Raymond

We are to make indentions, impressions, dents, whatever, upon the mind and heart by preaching the Word of God. 

May 9

Let Us Not Grow Weary

Pastoral Reflections on Patience

Pastors, find fuel for patience in the power of the gospel.

May 2

What To Do With Unbiblical Expectations by Mike Leake

Because the Spirit doesn’t give strength for disobedience, He isn’t going to help perpetuate a myth of “Super Pastor.”