Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Dec 21, 2018

Trevin Wax on The Future of the Church by Staff

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the future of the church?

Dec 19, 2018

The Minister’s Journey in "Witch Wood" by Jared Musgrove

Even in his weaknesses, David fights to surrender himself to God and to persevere despite physical and spiritual opposition. 

Dec 19, 2018

Trillia Newbell on Disappointment in Marriage by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

What advice do you have for the wife who is disappointed with her husband?

Dec 18, 2018

Clint Pressley on the Non-Negotiables for Preaching by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, "What are some non-negotiables for preaching?"

Dec 14, 2018

The Christmas Story in a #MeToo Age by Jim Essian

This culture of abusive authority makes the Advent season all the more a breath of fresh air.

Dec 14, 2018

Bad Biblical Theology Leads to Bad Sermons by Sam Emadi

Some redemptive-historical preaching can fall into the trap of saying the same thing week after week. 

Dec 14, 2018

Won Kwak on Evangelism in NYC by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

What does evangelism look like in New York City?

Dec 12, 2018

Episode 046: Christine Hoover

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson speaks with author, podcaster, and pastor's wife Christine Hoover about pastors, their wives, and their friendships.

Dec 12, 2018

Reading Scripture Rightly by Jim Elliff

I let the original intent of the passage sting me, move me, drive me to what I need to be.

Dec 10, 2018

N.A. and the Power of Being Real by Catherine Parks

Having been enslaved to substances that threatened to destroy them, they had reached a desperation point and enlisted others to help them in the battle. 

Dec 10, 2018

The Gospel According to the Fellowship Hall

Once apart from the church, now we have fellowship.

The gospel is God’s love made manifest, and the church is the gospel of God’s love made visible. 

Dec 7, 2018

Porn Stars Bear God’s Image by Russell L. Meek

That’s not just pixels on a screen. That’s God’s image bearer, whom he created for relationship with him.

Dec 7, 2018

Mark Dever on Implementing Meaningful Membership by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

What advice would you give the pastor beginning the process of implementing meaningful membership in his church?

Dec 5, 2018

Reflections on the Death of John Allen Chau by Scott Dunford

Christ’s mandate to go does not give license to recklessness any more than our culture’s disapproval gives permission to disobedience.

Dec 5, 2018

Jen Wilkin on Advice For Those Struggling With Bible Reading by Staff

Series: Conversations

What advice would you give the Christian struggling with daily Bible reading?

Nov 30, 2018

Surviving With Hope by Gail Emerson

For every brutal act, every time your voice fell on deaf ears, each betrayal and misplaced shame—all of this will be overcome in victory. 

Nov 30, 2018

Preacher, Study the Text—But Also Study Your People by Sean DeMars

How can I help this member see and savor Jesus Christ? 

Nov 30, 2018

Dean Inserra on Misconceptions About The Unchurched by Dean Inserra

What are some misconceptions too many churches have about the unchurched?

Nov 28, 2018

Episode 045: Why You Should Preach Through Books of the Bible

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses several reasons why it's so important and beneficial for pastors to systematically work through entire books of the Bible in their Sunday morning preaching.

Nov 28, 2018

Preacher, Feeling Good is Overrated by David Prince

We are involved in cosmic battle, attempting to capture the hearts of men and women for Christ.

Nov 28, 2018

Pastors: Preach, Don't Rant by Jason K. Allen

Simply put, a sermon’s authority is derived from Holy Scripture’s authority.

Nov 28, 2018

Jeff Dodge on The Local Church and Theological Training by Jeff Dodge

Series: Conversations

Why is the local church integral to theological training?

Nov 27, 2018

Learning to Preach from the Reformers by Joel Beeke

Just as the gospel of justification by faith in Christ alone was the central message of the Reformation, so the preaching of the Word was central to the work of the Reformers.

Nov 23, 2018

Russell Moore on Christian Families Bearing Witness by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How can Christian families bear witness for Christ in today’s culture?

Nov 21, 2018

Be Disciples that Make Disciples by Jonathon Woodyard

Eagerly introduce others to the one you love and treasure.

Nov 21, 2018

Encouragement in the Likeliest of Places by James Oaks

Who has God placed in your life so that you can be encouraged by their example? 

Nov 21, 2018

Robby Gallaty on Discipleship and Church Growth by Staff

Series: Conversations

Does the process of discipleship change as a church grows?

Nov 19, 2018

What Can You Do To Get In The Game? by Casey Lewis

We experience salvation and a relationship with God today because Jesus was selfless. 

Nov 16, 2018

Don’t Apologize For The Bible by Jim Essian

Know the Scriptures and the power of God, and trust that God to reveal his beauty to those you are witnessing to.

Nov 16, 2018

10 Things I Wished I Learned in Seminary by Jonathan Hayashi

Some seminarians think they can just convince others of truth, and they’ll obviously get on board with God.

Nov 16, 2018

Nathan Rose on Challenges in Church Revitalization by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

What is the biggest challenge in church revitalization?

Nov 13, 2018

Attempt Great Things for God? by Darryl Dash

I wonder: am I content with being called and unknown? Am I willing to serve in obscurity but be known by Jesus?

Nov 9, 2018

Does Pornography Use Ever Justify Church Discipline? by Brad Wheeler

Not only does a genuine Christian desire change, but their life gives evidence of change.

Nov 7, 2018

Trevin Wax on The Power of Story by Staff

Series: Conversations

Why should pastors think about the power of story?

Nov 6, 2018

How the Church Does Good by David Bowden

How can we as pastors, preachers, lay leaders, and disciple makers help our people bear good fruit?

Nov 5, 2018

Preaching a Church Toward Mission by Jared C. Wilson

If you want to change the movement of your church, you have to change the message.

Nov 2, 2018

3 Questions for Christians on Social Media by Jason K. Allen

Through our social media, we can bless or curse, build up or tear down, honor or dishonor the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Nov 2, 2018

Clint Pressley on the Younger Generation by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the younger generation?

Oct 31, 2018

Episode 043: For The Church Mailbag

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this first installment of For The Church Mailbag, a new occasional feature of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson answers listener submitted questions related to the Christian life and ministry.

Oct 31, 2018

3 Reasons To Ask For Help by Allyson Todd

God, in his forever patience, humbles me over and over again and reminds me of my need for help from Him. 

Oct 31, 2018

How Do You Respond to God's Word? by David McLemore

The Christian life, from beginning to end, is comprised of listening to God’s word and walking in obedience to it.

Oct 29, 2018

How To Persevere When You Are Weary In Serving by Kristen Wetherell

Willing submission to God’s plan, even when it looks different than ours, actually produces the fruit of patience and peace within us.

Oct 26, 2018

Steve Bezner on Ministry In The Bible Belt by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

How has ministry in the Bible Belt changed in the last 10 years?

Oct 25, 2018

“I Was Burnt Out—And I Stepped Away” by Shai Linne

I knew it could be an awkward transition, but I figured that it’s better to be a happy church member than a joyless pastor.

Oct 24, 2018

Faithful Preaching According to 2 Chronicles by Cale Fauver

Faithful preaching finds soul-satisfaction in the heralding of the gospel and in nothing less. 

Oct 24, 2018

Mark Dever on Shepherding the Elderly by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

What should a young pastor know about shepherding elderly church members?

Oct 22, 2018

Ditch the Kleenex and Let People Cry by Justin Buzzard

Next time someone opens up and cries in your presence, just sit there, listen, and watch what happens.

Oct 19, 2018

The Wonderful Accessibility of the Word by Erik Raymond

Instead of hiding the most important truths on the highest intellectual shelves, God makes them accessible to spiritual toddlers.

Oct 19, 2018

Michael Kelley On Taking Discipleship Seriously by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

Why don’t more churches take the process of discipleship seriously?