Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Jun 28, 2015

The Pastor as Shepherd by Matt Capps

The beautiful thing about the shepherding metaphor is that it instructs us on the nature of pastoral leadership with deep emotive insight. In many ways, this is why the Biblical writers employed the shepherding metaphor for pastoral ministry.

Jun 25, 2015

How Often Should We Celebrate The Lord's Supper? by Peyton Hill

If the gospel is truly of “first importance” (1 Cor 15:3), then what are some ways the church can continue to move the gospel to its proper place of preeminence? Certainly there are more ways than one, but according to the Spirit’s words in 1 Corinthians 11, a great way to reclaim the gospel as the focal point of the church is to recover a regular observance of the Supper.

Jun 25, 2015

Christians and Culture

Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and The Great Commission

If it were true that direct gospel ministry and Bible reading are all that matter, that would mean that we waste most of our lives in the meaningless daily stuff of ordinary living.

Jun 24, 2015

Converted to Christ and His Church by Joe Thorn

Evangelism is not only winning someone to Jesus by the grace of God in the preaching of the gospel. It is also winning them to the church by that same grace and gospel.

Jun 22, 2015

Even the Best Sermon Cannot Do Any Good Without a Savour of Christ In It by Charles Spurgeon

"I will go over hedge and ditch but I would get at my Master, for the sermon cannot do any good unless there is a savour of Christ in it."

Jun 22, 2015

Ministry Is Not A Game by Mark A. Howell

Every day of ministry brings with it a battle for our minds. And this battle has much higher stakes than that of playing a game. If you lose this battle you are likely to lose your ministry.

Jun 22, 2015

Preaching Like A Boy Band Trying To Play The Blues by Jeff Lawrence

When we preach in our own strength, it is easy to come off like a boy band in a self-focused, over-choreographed performance. But if we pretend to have it all together, we rob our people of the comfort of the gospel.

Jun 19, 2015

Church Going Downhill? by Jim Elliff

Was your church meeting disappointing this week? Do you find that there seems to be little life in the church? Are there troubles stirring? Are there way too many parking lot conversations? What can you do as a member to make things better?

Jun 18, 2015

Urban vs. Rural Ministry by Staff

From The Gospel Coalition, here are Collin Hansen, Stephen Um, and FTC's Jared Wilson discussing the differences and similarities in mission in urban and rural contexts.

Jun 18, 2015

What is this Gospel-Centered Stuff? by Staff

Some helpful links defining and explaining the importance of gospel-centrality for the church.

Jun 17, 2015

Pastors Getting Real by Staff

"We all must remember who we are in Christ and who we are not without him."

Jun 17, 2015

Should I Attend My Friend's Same-Sex Wedding? by Sam Parkison

What if I go there to show the love of Jesus; to show some grace? After all, didn’t Jesus hang out with sinners?

Jun 17, 2015

Ministering to Singles by Jeremy Wilson

If the church’s message seems to be that marriage and parenting bring the "real" issues in life, you may be sending the message that singles are second-class citizens.

Jun 16, 2015

Adam McClendon on Counseling Porn Use by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations

FTC.CO asks Dr. Adam McClendon, "What should pastors remember in counseling those dealing with porn use?"

Jun 16, 2015

Race Is A Gospel Issue by Matthew Emerson

What gives you the eyes to see and ears to hear the image of God in your fellow man clearly and truly other than the gospel?

Jun 15, 2015

David Prince on Sports and Children by David Prince

Series: Conversations

FTC.CO asks Dr. David Prince, "What advice would you give parents whose children are active in athletics?"

Jun 15, 2015

Jason Hayes on Church Planting in the Bible Belt

What are some of the difficulties and blessings of planting a church in the Bible Belt?

Series: Conversations

We asked Jason Hayes, "What are some of the difficulties and blessings of planting a church in the Bible Belt?"

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Tim Lubinus

What is the one thing church planters need to know?

Series: One Thing

Dr. Tim Lubinus answers, "What is the one thing church planters need to know?"

Jun 15, 2015

Jonathan Leeman on Why Church Membership is Important by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

How does church membership honor the church, rather than simply obligate or privilege the individual Christian?

Jun 15, 2015

Brandon Shields on Church Planting in a Hostile Culture

What do church planters need to know about planting in a spiritually hostile culture?

What do church planters need to know about planting in a hostile culture?

Jun 15, 2015

Dean Inserra on Getting Creative Without Obscuring the Gospel

How do you adorn the gospel with creative elements in worship without hindering it?

How do you adorn the gospel with creative elements in worship without hindering it?

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Christine Hoover

What is the one thing you would say to encourage the pastor’s wife?

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing you would say to encourage the pastor’s wife?

Jun 15, 2015

Spencer Plumlee on Mistakes New Preachers Make

What are some common mistakes young or new preachers make in preaching?

What are some common mistakes young or new preachers make in preaching?

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Nathan Finn

What is the one thing you would stress to the first time pastor?

by Staff

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing you would stress to the first-time pastor?

Jun 15, 2015

Dan Darling on Writing Pastors

Should pastors be writers?

Should pastors be writers?

Jun 15, 2015

Jason Hayes on The Forgotten Generation X

Whatever happened to Generation X?

Whatever happened to Generation X?

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Greg Belser

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

Series: One Thing

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

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Nathan Lino

What is the one thing you would say to the first-time pastor?

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing you would say to the first-time pastor?

Jun 15, 2015

J.T. English on The Challenge of Discipleship in Larger Churches

What are some of the challenges large churches face in creating a discipleship culture?

We asked The Village Church's J.T. English, "What are some of the challenges large churches face in creating a discipleship culture?"

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Nathan Rose

What is the one thing you would say to the pastor beginning a new work?

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing you would say to the pastor beginning a new work?

Jun 15, 2015

Russell Moore on Preparing a Church for Today's Culture

What are some practical things local churches should do to be prepared to be on mission in the new "exile?”

What are some practical things local churches should do to be prepared to be on mission in the new "exile?”

Jun 15, 2015

Andrew Walker on The Church's Response to the Growing Cultural Crisis

What should the church know about how to handle the growing culture crises in America?

Series: Conversations

What should the church know about how to handle the growing culture crises in America?

Jun 15, 2015

Matt Capps on Returning to Pastoral Ministry

Recently transitioning back into pastoral ministry, what do you feel prepared for this time around?

Recently transitioning back into pastoral ministry, what do you feel prepared for this time around?

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: John Yeats

What is the one thing that the younger generation of pastors ought to know?

by Staff

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing that the younger generation of pastors ought to know?

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Don Whitney

What is the one thing you would do to change the Christian’s devotional life?

by Staff

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing you would do to change the Christian’s devotional life?

Jun 15, 2015

Matt Carter on The Mission Field of Austin, TX by Matt Carter

Series: Mission Field Interviews

We asked Dr. Matt Carter, Pastor of Preaching and Vision at The Austin Stone, to describe the city of Austin, Texas as a mission field.

Jun 15, 2015

Kevin Peck on Non-Negotiables for Training Leaders in the Church

What are some non-negotiables for training leaders in the church?

by Staff

What are some non-negotiables for training leaders in the church?

Jun 15, 2015

David Prince on Gospel-Centered Parental Discipline

What does gospel-centered parental discipline look like?

Series: Conversations

What does gospel-centered parental discipline look like?

Jun 15, 2015

Matt Carter on Training Young Men for Ministry

What are some unique things you’ve learned in training young men for ministry?

Series: Conversations

What are some unique things you’ve learned in training young men for ministry?

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Dean Inserra

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

Series: One Thing

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

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Michael Kelley

What is the one thing pastors who write ought to remember?

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing pastors who write ought to remember?

Jun 15, 2015

Andrew Hebert on Listening to Sermons

Why is it so difficult to listen to a sermon?

Series: Conversations

"Why is it so difficult to listen to a sermon?"

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Matt Capps

What is the one thing a church needs from its pastor?

by Staff

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing a church needs from its pastor?

Jun 15, 2015

Dean Inserra on The Mission Field of Tallahassee by Dean Inserra

Series: Mission Field Interviews

Dean Inserra, Pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Florida, describes his city as a mission field.

Jun 15, 2015

Jim Richards on Fathers and Discipleship

What role do fathers play in the life of discipleship?

What role do fathers play in the life of discipleship?

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Matt Carter

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

Series: One Thing

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