Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Jun 24

Christ Our Ransom by Jared C. Wilson

To whom is the ransom paid?

Jun 21

Putting the “Service” Back in Worship Service by Chad Ashby

All of our obedience begins with listening to our God.

Jun 21

Russell Moore on Politics and the Pastor by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How political should a local church pastor get with his flock?

Jun 19

Mark Dever on Sermon Prep by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

What does your sermon preparation look like?

Jun 17

Matrimony and the Mind: The Need for Husband-Theologians by Ronni Kurtz

We should not be mistaken, a man who has all of his theological ducks in a row is not guaranteed to be a gifted husband. 

Jun 14

Envy and the Seminarian by Sam Parkison

All the “humble brags” on social media have a green shade if you look closely enough. 

Jun 14

Dean Inserra on First-Year Church Planting by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing you would say to the first-year church planter?

Jun 14

Five Ways Congregational Worship Shapes Us by Taylor Cain

Though we should seek Him in our closets or a quiet place during the week, he has commanded us to gather together as the church on Sunday morning. 

Jun 13

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 12

Episode 059: Jonathan Leeman on Why Everyone's So Angry on Social Media

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Jonathan Leeman about navigating the current minefields in evangelical social media.

Jun 12

The Greatest Gift to Your Pastor by Ryan Vinten

Like any good pastor, it vexed and frustrated him to see God’s sheep led astray on something so vital and yet so simple.

Jun 11

You're Not Entitled to Ministry by Steven Thompson

Being called to ministry of any kind is both a responsibility and a privilege.

Jun 11

J.D. Greear on What Difficult Thing In Your Life Has Taught You The Most? by Staff

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, "What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?"

Jun 10

Preachers Talk Preaching

Brandon Smith Interviews Tony Merida and Me

My conversation on preaching with Tony Merida and Brandon Smith.

Jun 10

You Can't Ignore Church by Jared Stacy

He is the One who makes everyone in Him not just “better”, but righteous.

Jun 7

God Uses Unhealthy Churches by Justin Huffman

Jesus can be glorified in you and me, and in the pitifully inadequate, sometimes myopic, church we attend.

Jun 7

Jen Wilkin on Women and Discipleship by Staff

Series: Conversations

What misconceptions do pastors have about women and discipleship?

Jun 6

Preaching to Sufferers by David Prince

One deficiency in much contemporary preaching is the failure to proceed with an understanding that we preach as sufferers, to sufferers.

Jun 5

When Self-Preservation Becomes Our God by Benjamin Vrbicek

The problem is when self-preservation becomes an ultimate thing, when safety becomes a god. 

Jun 5

Jeff Medders on Writing Sermons by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

How do you write sermons? Describe your sermon preparation process.

Jun 4

H.B. Charles on the Pastor's Most Important Weekly Tasks by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks H.B. Charles, "What are the pastor’s most important weekly tasks?"

May 31

Nathan Finn on Diversity in the Church by Nathan Finn

Series: Conversations

What kind of diversity is important for every church?

May 31

Man Up! by Adam McClendon

Men, God has given you the privilege of leadership.

May 30

3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Pastor by Jonathan Hayashi

Here are three open and honest struggles I faced and things I wished I knew in my first year of ministry.

May 29

Episode 058: The Gospel-Driven Church

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 the importance for churches of centering on the gospel.

May 27

Was George Whitefield a Christian?

Dealing with the Tainted Legacy of American History's Greatest Preacher

What do we make of the fact that the man who was perhaps the greatest preacher in American history and is still one of evangelicalism's favorite heroes owned slaves and propagated slavery?

May 24

Becoming a Grateful Discipler by Travis Montgomery

A godly motivation to disciple others is your gratitude for God’s work for, in, and through them.

May 24

Andrew Walker on the Christian & Ethics by Andrew Walker

Series: Conversations

Why should the average Christian care about ethics?

May 24

Being a Special Nobody by H.B. Charles, Jr.

David was anointed to sit on the throne. But he was appointed to sit among sheep. 

May 22

Counsel For A Younger Me by Chris Thomas

My younger self wanted a voice, wanted a platform but was unwilling to invest in the character required by the gospel. 

May 22

How to Avoid Accumulated Fatigue by Zack Eswine

When accumulated fatigue takes hold of us, a night of rest, a weekend get-a-way, or a six-week sabbatical likely won’t help.

May 22

Greg Belser on The First Year of Ministry by Greg Belser

Series: Conversations

If you could send a message to yourself in your first year of ministry, what is the one thing you would say?

May 21

Do You Love the Word “Propitiation”?

Why We Should Preach and Teach Using the Words the Bible Uses

When we come across big, "technical" words in our preaching and Bible study, we should use, study, and explain those words, rather than skirting around them or simply glossing over them with an alternative phrase.

May 21

4 Reasons You Should Pray For Your Pastor Daily by Jason K. Allen

As a pastor, few things warmed my heart more than church members telling me they prayed for me daily.

May 21

Won Kwak on Effectively Leading Multi-Ethnic Congregations by Won S. Kwak

FTC.co asks Won Kawk, "How can a pastor effectively lead a multi-ethnic congregation?"

May 20

What Does Job 31:13-15 Tell Us About the Unborn? by Jared C. Wilson

No law can be just if its justice for one is predicated on injustice to another.

May 20

Jesus Sympathizes With Moms by Gail Emerson

Even though Jesus isn’t a mother, he is still able to sympathize with every weakness we face as moms. 

May 17

Peyton Hill on Christ-Centered Leadership by Peyton Hill

Series: Conversations

What does Christ-centered leadership look like?

May 15

Episode 057: Robby Gallaty

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the podcast, Jared Wilson talks with author and pastor Robby Gallaty about the discipleship deficit in the church and how to correct it.

May 15

How Do We Know If We Have The Spirit? by Casey Lewis

God's track record is flawless, and His ability to accomplish His purposes is unquestionable. 

May 15

Don’t You Stir A Step

The First Californian Believer’s Baptism

Testimonies arising from scores of churches all over the Golden State represent the Kingdom fruit of the gospel sown over the last 170 years.

May 14

Jonathan Leeman on Church Discipline

What do most Christians not know about church discipline?

Series: Conversations

We asked Jonathan Leeman, "What do most Christians not know about church discipline?"

May 10

Drawn into the Picture by Danny Slavich

We decided early on that our rhythm of weekly worship would consistently include celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

May 10

J.D. Greear on Mission in the Bible Belt by Staff

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing we need to remember about mission in the Bible Belt?

May 9

5 Things I Hope are True of Me When I Retire by Jared Sparks

As I think about a future "retirement" from formal ministry, there are five things I hope are true about me at that time.

May 8

It’s Not Our Job to “Finish” the Missionary Task by Matt Bennett

Training a new believer to do a single (very important) task is not the same thing as making a disciple.

May 8

Christine Hoover on Pastors' Wives & Congregations by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

What are some important things for pastors’ wives to remember about congregations?

May 7

Matt Carter on Adoption and Orphan Care

Why are adoption and orphan care important to the mission of the church in the 21st century?

Series: Conversations

Why are adoption and orphan care important to the mission of the church in the 21st century?