Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Jul 16, 2015

How to Help People Leave Your Church the Right Way by Brent Prentice

Many church leaders strategize about ways to grow their membership in number and maturity, but how much thought is given to how they are helping their members leave in a healthy way?

Jul 16, 2015

OK, These Are Crazy Times, But Let's Not Forget Why We're Here by David Prince

Our hope in the face of demonic assault is that the glory of the age to come has already invaded this present evil age in Jesus of Nazareth whose kingdom will not be consummated until the eschaton. The believer must realize that he or she lives in the overlap of the ages

Jul 15, 2015

The Practice of Ministry Sabbaticals, Part 2

What Is a Sabbatical?

A ministry sabbatical is not a glorified vacation, but a time for spiritual reflection, renewal, training, or contribution.

Jul 11, 2015

Stop Saying Students Are the Future of the Church by Jared Bumpers

I get it. The goal is to acknowledge the value of students and the important role they play in the future of the church. Here’s the problem: it implies that students are not part of the church right now.

Jul 10, 2015

A Garden, A Sword, A Healing Savior

Discernment in Defending the Faith

When we face the enemies of God we would be well-served to remember that Jesus commanded that we take up the cross rather than the sword.

Jul 10, 2015

Pixel Lust, Part 2

The Single Christian and Porn

Trusting God’s eternal gospel, believing him to be good in the middle of it, will become the fuel you use for the fight that awaits you just on the other side of that supposed cyber meadow.

Jul 9, 2015

The Dirty Jobs Pastor by Daniel Darling

My years of ministry experience tell me that most still feel that the work they do with their hands during the week is inferior to the work of people whose paycheck comes from a church or Christian ministry. Why is this?

Jul 8, 2015

The Practice of Ministry Sabbaticals, Part 1

Why Don't More Ministers Take Them?

For either churches or pastors who refuse to consider a sabbatical period for the minister, the root of the refusal is often sin.

Jul 7, 2015

Discipline and The Church by Casey Lewis

Church discipline shouldn’t be a taboo topic or action in the church today. It should be talked about and practiced because it ultimately brings the most glory to God and helps us accomplish our God given goal — to make disciples.

Jul 7, 2015

The Road Not Taken by Jonathan Elliff

I believe we are in an age where pastors and churchgoers alike are at a fork in the road when it comes to the kind of pastor they will be and what kind of church they will serve.  And it boils down to a choice between the well-worn road and the road less traveled.

Jul 7, 2015

How Your Preaching Might Increase Sin in Your Church by Jared C. Wilson

I fear we vastly underestimate the spiritual damage inflicted on our churches by "How To" sermons without an explicit gospel connection.

Jul 6, 2015

In Praise of Children by Peyton Hill

God delights in children, and since he delights in children, we do too.

Jul 5, 2015

I Need to Tell You About My Friend Anne by Jared C. Wilson

Just like our brother Jesus, Anne faced death with a natural amount of fear and a Spiritual amount of faith in the Father who loves her, cares for her, and secures her. Like Jesus, she had abandoned herself to the sovereign grace of God.

Jul 4, 2015

Pastors Need Heart Work by Phil Auxier

Countless books are written each year on methodologies and stratagem.  But there are few that are written to engage our hearts.

Jul 4, 2015

Convicting Conversations

Apologetics and Waging War Within the Hostile Mind

The role of apologetics is not to engage the mind in order to sway it but rather to use worldviews to weave past the mind’s defenses and confront the rebellious soul with the gospel of Truth.  Once Christ is proclaimed as Lord within the conversation the person’s mind will engage in every manner of distraction to avoid confronting the uncomfortable truth that they are subject to a sovereign God.

Jul 3, 2015

D.A. Horton on Churches Looking Like Their Neighborhoods by D.A. Horton

Series: Conversations

We sat down with D.A. Horton in the FTC video suite and asked, "What advice would you give the pastor who wants his church to look like his neighborhood?"

Jul 3, 2015

D.A. Horton on Winning a Church to Mission by D.A. Horton

Series: Conversations

We recently sat down with D.A. Horton in the FTC video suite and asked him, "How can a pastor win his church to mission?"

Jul 3, 2015

Pixel Lust, Part 1

The Married Christian and Porn

The sexual provisions he has provided you in the truth of the gospel and in the body and soul of your spouse is enough for you.  It is more than enough for you.

Jul 3, 2015

Pastor, You Should Share The Pulpit by Steve Rahn

If your church is blessed to have another guy or two gifted by God to preach, I encourage you to share the pulpit. It'll be good for you and good for your church.  

Jul 2, 2015

It Takes a Hard Forehead and a Heavy Heart to Preach by Derek Rishmawy

In moments of weakness I want to turn aside from saying what I need to say and console myself with the thought that, in the grand scheme of things, my words won’t really make that great a difference. The bracing truth is that this is a lie that our people can’t afford for us to believe.

Jul 2, 2015

Light and Fellowship in The Darkness by Jason G. Duesing

In the real world of the twenty-first century, the Christian’s sojourn through our contemporary culture is very much like that of the Fellowship of the Ring's journey through the Mines of Moria.

Jul 1, 2015

To The Sons and Daughters of Divorce by Paul Maxwell

My parents divorced when I was nine. I’m not a victim, but the break still broke me.

Jul 1, 2015

How To Make Jesus The Hero Of Every Sermon by Andrew Hebert

Practically speaking, what does it look like to preach a text and point people to Jesus while faithfully handling the authorial intent of the text itself?

Jul 1, 2015

3 Marks of a Spirit-Filled Leader by Darrin Patrick

If you’re a follower of Jesus, the Holy Spirit wants you to become a leader. The good news is He stands by ready to empower you in every situation.

Jun 29, 2015

The Long-Term Consequences of Pragmatism in the Church by Jonathan Leeman

When one generation of Christians decides to downplay or relativize or pragmatize the local church, they just might find that the next generation no longer values the same gospel.

Jun 29, 2015

Preachers Must Sweat Out The Text by Erik Raymond

Why do some guys walk to the pulpit and from first word to last seems to be clicking, dripping with passion, demonstrable brokenness, and a visible burden for their people to ‘get it’? While others are able to deliver a biblically faithful message but seem to lack that extra ‘something’ that makes a good sermon different?

Jun 28, 2015

AAA Leadership by Adam McClendon

Learning from the biblical Aaron’s missteps continues to be a helpful marker for me and leads me to think about a practical three-step process to keep my leaders from self-sabotage

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?