Resources by Theme: Pastoral

May 23

Please Clap: The Dangerous Addiction to Compliments by Steve Bezner

Believing the finished work of Jesus means believing that the gospel is all the approval and compliment we need.

May 23

A Concern with Chan’s Home Church Planting Model: A Gentle Call for Correction by Adam McClendon

The point in Scripture is never the location or size of the gathering, but the purpose and activity of the gather.

May 21

The Eight ‘D’s’ of Personal Discipleship by Jonathan Hayashi

We should compare our calendars to God’s commands and see where our lives are out of alignment, then make adjustments where necessary.

May 18

Trevin Wax On Difficult Things In Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

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

May 18

Don’t Leave Your Convictions Behind To Get Ahead by H.B. Charles, Jr.

I would not have been called to my current church if I had abandoned the convictions that caused that first church to reject me. 

May 18

No, Don’t Be Colorblind: Practical Suggestions for Multi-ethnic Families by Ryan Strother

Dream about the future together and celebrate your diversity as you do.

May 16

Episode 031: J.D. Greear

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with Dr. J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and author of the new book Not God Enough.

May 16

What Church Discipline Taught Me About Our Church by Skylar Spradlin

We needed to hold up the honor of Christ and the standard of repentant holiness while also showing love and patience to the wayward members.

May 16

Believe God's Word! by Travis Hood

As ashamed as I am for doubting, I am so grateful to the Lord for this gracious reminder and confirmation. 

May 14

Teach Them How To Study by Laura Campbell

Church members are told to read their Bibles but are seldom instructed how to do so. 

May 11

Jeff Medders on Difficult Things In Life by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

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

May 11

The Pastor’s Burden by Jason Dees

The fact that people are willing to open up their lives to you in their most vulnerable and intimate moments is the true gift of pastoral ministry, and it is also the true burden.

May 10

The Busy Critic and the Simple Church by Mike Leake

Many churches are pursuing a bit more "simple church." We’ve gotten the memo that activity does not equal godliness.

May 9

Christian, Don't Follow Your Heart by Cale Fauver

True happiness is obedience to the word of God and our dependency on it.

May 9

Did the Atonement Break the Trinity? by Owen Strachan

The fact that “Christ came to get us out of hell” isn’t a small thing, but is a truth so wondrous we’ll proclaim it for all eternity.

May 8

How to Prepare for Pastoral Transitions by Daniel Bray

Transitions in ministry are never going to be easy. Therefore, we have a responsibility to minister even more diligently today.

May 4

H.B. Charles on Difficult Things In Life by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Series: Conversations

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

May 4

Gospel People Say Goodbye by Jared Musgrove

Godly people who are about the gospel say goodbye often, confident in our union together as the family of God and confident that we will celebrate again. 

May 3

5 Ways Pastors Can Prepare Their Churches for Suffering by Dave Furman

Pastor, as you seek to shepherd your congregation, don’t wait until suffering comes. Don’t start preparing people for death in the ICU.

May 2

Episode 030: Preaching for Missional Engagement

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson offers some practical ways to craft sermons that inspire and empower congregations live on mission in their communities.

May 2

Women Wonderfully Different and So Very Similar by Lianna Davis

The beauty of each one’s service flowed from a humble love for the truth.

May 2

Rebuilding Our Churches with Bible Reading by Bryan Elliff

Ask for God’s wisdom and strength and do your part in the lives of those you might influence.

Apr 30

Standing In The Pulpit by Joshua Jenkins

The pastor stands behind the Word as if he is simply a server delivering food. 

Apr 27

Clint Pressley on Difficult Things in Life by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

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

Apr 25

The Illusion of Control by Matt Sliger

What if the autonomy you seemingly operate under really casts something of an illusion?

Apr 25

Good News For The Easily Bruised Conscience by Greg Mathis

We’ve placed extra-Gospel demands on ourselves, and as such, have sought extra-Gospel means of reconciling ourselves to God.

Apr 25

Comparison . . . The Thief of Joy by Scott Sauls

Our souls are glory-vacuums, fearfully and wonderfully made for an Esteem greater than self. 

Apr 24

J.D. Greear on Signs of a Church's Faithfulness

Series: Conversations

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?"

Apr 23

Better Together by Margaret Bronson

It is clear that men and women need each other if they are to accomplish the task God gave humanity to fill and subdue the earth, bringing glory to God in the process.

Apr 20

Pastors & Churches: Don’t Celebrate Brokenness  by Erik Reed

Brokenness is our condition; wholeness is our goal. 

Apr 20

Don Whitney on Family Worship by Staff

What advice would you give a young couple struggling with family worship?

Apr 20

Churches Should Say Neither Too Little Nor Too Much by Matthew Arbo

The church must always bear witness to the risen Christ. 

Apr 18

God’s Shepherding Ability by Adam McClendon

While God’s will in particular circumstances may seem very unclear, God has already stated clearly in his word his desire to use us to glorify his name and spread his gospel to the nations.

Apr 17

Shooing Flies in the Pulpit by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Whether a fly is in your face or a dove is on your shoulder, keep preaching and keep praying.

Apr 17

Dan Darling on Why Pastors Should Write by Daniel Darling

FTC.co asks Dan Darling, Vice President for Communications, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "Should pastors write? Why or why not?"

Apr 13

Noah Oldham on How To Know if a Church is On Track by Noah Oldham

Series: Conversations

How can a church know it is on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?

Apr 12

How Far Should We Go in Defending Our Gospel-Centered Ministry? by Mike Leake

One mark of a truly gospel-centered pastor is the willingness to be seen as a complete fool, so long as Christ is honored.

Apr 11

The Gospel and Your Time by Jason K. Allen

The Bible itself describes our lives as vapors that vanish quickly. We must recognize today that we are not promised tomorrow.

Apr 11

How We Ought To Speak by Mitch Bedzyk

Preaching the gospel with creativity and novelty is nothing to celebrate when it comes at the expense of the truth.

Apr 10

How Do You Evaluate a Pastor? by Erik Raymond

The pastor doesn’t take a poll to see what people want to hear. He reads the Word and gives people what they need to hear.

Apr 6

7 Ways to Protect and Pass On the Gospel by Nathan Rose

When you join a local church, you’re committing to helping other covenant members faithfully follow Jesus. 

Apr 6

Trevin Wax on Difficult Things In Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

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

Apr 5

Real Knowledge in an Age of Facebook Friends by Cole Deike

Pastors, let your church know they should listen to your sermons with one ear to the pulpit and one ear to the heavens.

Apr 4

Church Planting 101: Follow Up With Guests by Jonathon Woodyard

In the midst of it all, brothers and sisters, do not forget to follow up with those the Lord has providentially guided to your church on any given Sunday.

Apr 4

Good and Bad Excuses Not to Practice Church Discipline by Brad Wheeler

Discipline can be exercised in unloving ways, but Hebrews reminds us that discipline is, in fact, a mark of God’s love

Apr 2

The Gospel-Shaped Pastor by Jared C. Wilson

Until pastors discover and embrace their identity in Christ they will keep trying to find their identity in their position, their preaching, their persona, and their programs.

Apr 2

Your Church Music Might Be Incomplete by David Appelt

Singing at church should be passionate but never devoid of Biblical truth and teaching.

Mar 30

H.B. Charles on Discipling Young Men by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Series: Conversations

What are some key components to discipling young men?

Mar 30

Once Upon A Time by Adam McClendon

As my Father takes me down life’s uncertain roads, I pray he will help me to respond by trusting him.

Mar 28

Pastor Fear by Dayton Hartman

When you see Jesus correctly, the right response is fear.