Why don't more churches take discipleship seriously?
Being more and more aware of my own depravity simply leads me more and more to the cross.
Three thoughts on leading gospel-enriched change in any local church.
Theological study, communion with God, and godly living comprehend one another.
I forever abandoned the idea of using the Bible to preach what I wanted. I had to actually preach the Bible.
In my experience of counseling pastors, the single greatest cause of pastoral burnout is not taking a full day off every week.
Why should pastors care about writing?
Real ministry doesn’t start with a title, a salary, or a blog. Real ministry begins the moment a man is born again
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with Noah Oldham about pastors pursuing physical fitness.
The humility of Christ calls us to let His loaned power rest in our hands, but never to close our fists around it.
FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MO, "What traits should a pastor have who is leading church revitalization?"
What does discipleship driven by the gospel look like?
We think that we are standing up for the truth, but maybe we are just meeting someone’s sin with more sin of our own.
Has social media changed the way we think?
Every woman has something dynamic to bring to a local body.
Ron Prach, who served for over 45 years in the same church, reflects on the things learned in a long-term pastorate.
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses some ways the seeker service approach to church gatherings may be "upside down."
How do you respond when someone you know has sinned against you, or maybe people you love?
If a pastor doesn’t feel like the sermon he delivers is that important, why on earth would his congregation feel different?
Pray to bravely and boldly expose the lies in your own church body and step confidently into the truth.
What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?
Every day, entrepreneurial Christians are planting parachurch seeds producing ministries that populate the West.
If Jesus truly is the best thing in this world, we are free to be nobodies.
You could completely bomb this change challenge that’s before you. I mean fall-on-your-face fail. And God’s love for you will not change.
If everything is exciting, nothing is.
We need no other mediator between God and Man; Jesus is enough.
I want to tell you what God sees when he looks at you, why I love you, and how I hope to encourage you in the midst of our cynical culture.
This call is not merely a nudge toward a more polished homiletical delivery; rather it comes with the weighty knowledge that the message of a crucified and risen Christ alone saves.
Sometimes for all of our learnedness, experience, and ministry strategizing— we forget that the battle is Jesus’ to win.
The supremacy of Christ over all things is what makes preaching him valuable, whether it is to 30 or 3,000.
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, New Jersey, about growing up a pastor's kid, raising up leaders in the church, and the challenges and opportunities of doing ministry in New York City metro.
We’re not called to model perfection for our churches, our sole responsibility is to shine the spotlight on the only One who ever was perfect.
The funeral is not your Sunday morning exposition. It is a unique situation in which you have been given a special assignment.
What difficult thing in your life taught you the most?
Jesus Christ is the hope of all nations and from the nations he will gather his people.
There are few things more dangerous to a church than a pastor who is extraordinarily endowed on the gifting side and extraordinarily deficient on the character side.
There are great opportunities for thought and care for the little things in how your sanctuary is set up.
We must be willing to be sent if that is God’s will for us, and if not, to give our lives to sending those whom God has called to go.
Just like in our salvation when we know we contribute nothing and God has done it all, so I know that He chose me to fulfill his mission and He is the one doing the work.
God has indeed made us, by gifting and by calling, for certain tasks.
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses how the good news of the finished work of Jesus Christ applies to the ongoing work of the pastor -- his life, heart, and shepherding.
But what if your name has already been given to you, and your legacy has already been achieved?
The water tastes different in Oak Ridge. The sounds outside are harsh. Shouting matches and profanities are common. These are daily realities in urban, government-subsidized housing developments like Oak Ridge. On most nights, however, a different tune resounds amid the discord. Two men, with large chests and thick mustaches, cheerfully discuss the latest Premier League soccer match...in Arabic. One used to be a police officer in…
What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?
In the midst of trying to decrease debt, do not allow the Enemy to make you indifferent, scared, or stagnant.
There is a lot of necessity in the rural church. There is less money and fewer bells and whistles. But the Spirit is there. And the gospel is universally applicable.
Transfer growth is an inevitable part of church life. But sheep stealing jeopardizes church health.
The elder who shies away from exercising oversight does the church a disservice just like the authoritarian elder who rules with an ungodly dominance.
FTC.co asks Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference Publisher at Lifeway Christian Resources, "What kind of books should pastors read that they may not normally be drawn to?"
I want to finish strong. Don't you?