Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Feb 26

5 Callings More Noble than that of Pastor by Jared Sparks

Oh yes, being a pastor and preaching the Bible is a high, great, and glorious call. But, it is not the highest, greatest, and glorious call of all. ​

Feb 25

3 Principles for Christian Political Engagement by Jared C. Wilson

In light of the story God is telling with the world, how should the church engage politically?

Feb 22

Jeff Medders on Pastoral PTSD by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

What is Pastoral PTSD and what can a pastor do if he has it?

Feb 20

Episode 051: Power-Hungry Pastors

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 root sin beneath some recent headlines, from the Houston Chronicle's report on sexual abuse in the SBC to the recent firings of pastor James MacDonald and others.

Feb 20

Three Reminders For Parents In The Trenches With Young Children by Kole Farney

Compassion remembers the frame of our children like God remembers that we are dust and prone to weakness. 

Feb 20

How to Do Ministry When You Don’t Have Money by Brian Davis

If you grumble in your lack, your heart posture may not be service for Jesus but an inordinate affection for money.

Feb 19

Get FREE Resources When You Pre-Order 'The Gospel-Driven Church' by Staff

Pre-order the new book from Jared Wilson and get free bonus resources!

Feb 15

How to Lead Women’s Ministry in a Complementarian Church by Andrea Burke

God created men and women to work in such a way that we both have the same goal and we need one another to get the job done. 

Feb 15

J.T. English On The Local Church and Theological Training by J.T. English

Series: Conversations

Why is the local church integral to theological training?

Feb 14

Lessons Learned from a Leadership Nightmare by Steve Benninger

Stuff is going to happen. Things will break. People will hurt you. Leaders will disappoint you. But Jesus never fails. Never.  ​

Feb 13

Do Not Regard God's Discipline Lightly by Kristen Wetherell

When circumstances are running smoothly and our own plans are being fulfilled, it is easy to forget the Lord and all he has done in the gospel.

Feb 13

Don Whitney on Family Devotions by Staff

Series: Conversations

How do you encourage a young family struggling with family devotions?

Feb 11

Are Mormons Heretics? by Jared C. Wilson

“Oh good! It’s always great to meet a fellow Christian," said the young man on my doorstep when he discovered I was a pastor.

Feb 11

3 Ways to Squander Your Influence by Susie Hawkins

True and lasting influence is not automatically attained by a high-level job, but by being purposeful in how we relate to others.

Feb 8

Preaching Hard Stories by Wendy Alsup

God spoke into these situations with temporary protections that pointed to the Savior coming who will correct all injustice.

Feb 8

5 Relationships to Cultivate As You Foster or Adopt (Part 5)

Develop a Parenting Partnership with Local Schools they might attend

School is life for foster kids so develop a partnership with the local school your child will attend. 

Feb 6

Episode 050: Collin Hansen

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Collin Hansen about the state of evangelicalism, the past and future of the "young, restless, Reformed" tribe, and cultural issues the church must begin wrestling with today.

Feb 6

Fully Mature In Christ: Spiritual Formation & The College Campus by Matthew J. Hall

If your pursuit of Christian maturity does not have the person and work of Christ as its central focus, it’s a fool’s errand.

Feb 5

Join the New England Study Tour This May!

Deadline to Register is February 18th

by Staff

Walk where Edwards and Whitefield walked, visit everywhere from Yale to Harvard and coastal Maine to rural Vermont, meet with local pastors and church planters, and even enjoy some local eateries and coffee.

Feb 1

5 Relationships to Cultivate As You Foster or Adopt (Part 4)

Develop a Parenting Partnership with your Parents

Whatever the circumstances, potential foster or adoptive couples should court their parents and patiently give them a vision for multigenerational influence. 

Feb 1

Won Kwak on What He Wish He'd Known as a Young Pastor by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

What do you wish you’d known when you started as a pastor?

Jan 30

Foster Care and Spiritual Formation by Russell L. Meek

The dark parts of our hearts have been exposed by learning to care for another human being who is not biologically related to us. 

Jan 30

Michael Kelley on Adults and our Relationship to Jesus by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

What are some patterns of adulthood that frustrate our relationship with Jesus?

Jan 25

You Can’t Preach Christ Without Preaching Depravity by Bradley Larson

If we were merely flawed people, then the cross would have been an extreme overcorrection. 

Jan 25

5 Relationships to Cultivate As You Foster or Adopt (Part 3)

Develop a Parenting Ministry Partnership with the Children You Already Have

As they see you expanding your parenting to include the new kids in your home, while yet devoting yourself to them, they will be ready to expand their capacity to be a brother or sister to the new kids God has given you.

Jan 23

Episode 049: For The Church Mailbag

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On the latest installment of the For The Church Mailbag feature, Jared Wilson is joined by Ronni Kurtz. Listen in as they answer submitted questions related to the Christian life and ministry.

Jan 23

Changing Churches: One Pastor’s Experience with Pastoral Transition by Jesse Benack

God’s Word was more than sufficient to guide us in our time of transition.

Jan 21

Engage Your Mind by Adam Kareus

The culture wants us to separate reason and faith. But the bible wants us to engage the mind that God gave us.

Jan 18

How the Lord Rewards His Laborers by H.B. Charles, Jr.

God gives generously in kindness to the least, last, lost, and left-out.

Jan 18

5 Relationships to Cultivate As You Foster or Adopt (Part 2)

Develop a Parenting Ministry Partnership with your Local Church

As a member of the body of Christ in a local church, you enjoy a mutual commitment with other believers that reflects your relationship with your spouse. 

Jan 18

Russell Moore on Appropriate Honor of Church History Figures by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How do we appropriately honor men and women in church history who’ve contributed much of value?

Jan 16

Gospel Driven Sin Fighter by Michael Taylor

Sin was defeated in the past, is defeated in the present, and will be defeated in the future only by the cross of Christ and our participation in it.

Jan 16

How Expository Preaching Should Engage Cultural Concerns (Part I) by Jason K. Allen

As the preacher exegetes his text and his times, he sees how the two intersect, or do not intersect with his congregation.

Jan 16

Matt Capps on Racism in the 21st Century by Matt Capps

Series: Conversations

Why do we still have a problem with racism in the 21st century church?

Jan 14

3 Reasons We Don't Preach Gospel-Centered Sermons by Jared C. Wilson

Why, despite an abundance of helpful resources and exemplary models, do we still have a hard time turning the homiletical corner to preaching Christ?

Jan 11

5 Relationships to Cultivate As You Foster or Adopt (Part 1)

Develop a Parenting Ministry Partnership with your Spouse

Foster care or adoption will stretch your marriage in ways it has never been stretched before.

Jan 11

Jonathan Leeman on Meaningful Membership by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

Why is it as crucial as ever these days for churches to practice meaningful membership?

Jan 10

5 Ways to Last 20 Years in the Same Church by Mike Ayers

These things took time and a process in order to come full-circle - the pain of personal growth, the healing after the pain, and the perspective gained in hindsight beyond the healing. And the unnerving and exciting thing is this: God’s still got more to do.​

Jan 9

Episode 048: Jackie Hill Perry

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with artist and author Jackie Hill Perry about life, ministry, and her incredible testimony of the grace of Jesus.

Jan 9

How to Counsel Couples Through Past Sexual Sin by Scott Croft

As pastors, we need to remind young couples not only that we are all sinners, but also that we are all sexual sinners.

Jan 9

The Power of Showing Up by Adam Kareus

Just by being there you increase your chances of making an impact and you give yourself the chance to use your gifts.

Jan 4

Body Image and a Better Understanding of Beauty by Grace Pike

When our hearts believe the lie that there is something more beautiful and more valuable than Jesus Christ, our lives will reflect our rejection of that truth.

Jan 2

Some Hope for Disciplining Children by Russell L. Meek

We love them, shepherd them, and pray for them, but we can’t make them follow the Lord. 

Jan 2

J.T. English on Heart Knowledge by J.T. English

Series: Conversations

How can a Christian know that their head knowledge has become heart knowledge?

Dec 31, 2018

Putting Numbers In Their Place by Adam Kareus

When the over-emphasis of numbers starts to creep in I have to run to the Word of God.

Dec 28, 2018

A Destructive Daily Problem by Rush Witt

Immeasurable hope and help await you as you learn to kill the diehard sins that plague you.

Dec 28, 2018

Don Whitney on Praying the Scriptures by Staff

Series: Conversations

How do I prevent praying the Scriptures from feeling formulaic?

Dec 26, 2018

Episode 047: Should You Start a Ministry Residency at Your Church?

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses the benefits and challenges of establishing a program for ministry residents at your local church. Joining him is special guest, pastor Josh Hedger.