Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Jun 10

You Can't Ignore Church by Jared Stacy

He is the One who makes everyone in Him not just “better”, but righteous.

Jun 7

God Uses Unhealthy Churches by Justin Huffman

Jesus can be glorified in you and me, and in the pitifully inadequate, sometimes myopic, church we attend.

Jun 7

Jen Wilkin on Women and Discipleship by Staff

Series: Conversations

What misconceptions do pastors have about women and discipleship?

Jun 6

Preaching to Sufferers by David Prince

One deficiency in much contemporary preaching is the failure to proceed with an understanding that we preach as sufferers, to sufferers.

Jun 5

When Self-Preservation Becomes Our God by Benjamin Vrbicek

The problem is when self-preservation becomes an ultimate thing, when safety becomes a god. 

Jun 5

Jeff Medders on Writing Sermons by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

How do you write sermons? Describe your sermon preparation process.

Jun 4

H.B. Charles on the Pastor's Most Important Weekly Tasks by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks H.B. Charles, "What are the pastor’s most important weekly tasks?"

May 31

Nathan Finn on Diversity in the Church by Nathan Finn

Series: Conversations

What kind of diversity is important for every church?

May 31

Man Up! by Adam McClendon

Men, God has given you the privilege of leadership.

May 30

3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Pastor by Jonathan Hayashi

Here are three open and honest struggles I faced and things I wished I knew in my first year of ministry.

May 29

Episode 058: The Gospel-Driven Church

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 importance for churches of centering on the gospel.

May 27

Was George Whitefield a Christian?

Dealing with the Tainted Legacy of American History's Greatest Preacher

What do we make of the fact that the man who was perhaps the greatest preacher in American history and is still one of evangelicalism's favorite heroes owned slaves and propagated slavery?

May 24

Becoming a Grateful Discipler by Travis Montgomery

A godly motivation to disciple others is your gratitude for God’s work for, in, and through them.

May 24

Andrew Walker on the Christian & Ethics by Andrew Walker

Series: Conversations

Why should the average Christian care about ethics?

May 24

Being a Special Nobody by H.B. Charles, Jr.

David was anointed to sit on the throne. But he was appointed to sit among sheep. 

May 22

Counsel For A Younger Me by Chris Thomas

My younger self wanted a voice, wanted a platform but was unwilling to invest in the character required by the gospel. 

May 22

How to Avoid Accumulated Fatigue by Zack Eswine

When accumulated fatigue takes hold of us, a night of rest, a weekend get-a-way, or a six-week sabbatical likely won’t help.

May 22

Greg Belser on The First Year of Ministry by Greg Belser

Series: Conversations

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

May 21

Do You Love the Word “Propitiation”?

Why We Should Preach and Teach Using the Words the Bible Uses

When we come across big, "technical" words in our preaching and Bible study, we should use, study, and explain those words, rather than skirting around them or simply glossing over them with an alternative phrase.

May 21

4 Reasons You Should Pray For Your Pastor Daily by Jason K. Allen

As a pastor, few things warmed my heart more than church members telling me they prayed for me daily.

May 21

Won Kwak on Effectively Leading Multi-Ethnic Congregations by Won S. Kwak

FTC.co asks Won Kawk, "How can a pastor effectively lead a multi-ethnic congregation?"

May 20

What Does Job 31:13-15 Tell Us About the Unborn? by Jared C. Wilson

No law can be just if its justice for one is predicated on injustice to another.

May 20

Jesus Sympathizes With Moms by Gail Emerson

Even though Jesus isn’t a mother, he is still able to sympathize with every weakness we face as moms. 

May 17

Peyton Hill on Christ-Centered Leadership by Peyton Hill

Series: Conversations

What does Christ-centered leadership look like?

May 15

Episode 057: Robby Gallaty

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the podcast, Jared Wilson talks with author and pastor Robby Gallaty about the discipleship deficit in the church and how to correct it.

May 15

How Do We Know If We Have The Spirit? by Casey Lewis

God's track record is flawless, and His ability to accomplish His purposes is unquestionable. 

May 15

Don’t You Stir A Step

The First Californian Believer’s Baptism

Testimonies arising from scores of churches all over the Golden State represent the Kingdom fruit of the gospel sown over the last 170 years.

May 14

Jonathan Leeman on Church Discipline

What do most Christians not know about church discipline?

Series: Conversations

We asked Jonathan Leeman, "What do most Christians not know about church discipline?"

May 10

Drawn into the Picture by Danny Slavich

We decided early on that our rhythm of weekly worship would consistently include celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

May 10

J.D. Greear on Mission in the Bible Belt by Staff

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing we need to remember about mission in the Bible Belt?

May 9

5 Things I Hope are True of Me When I Retire by Jared Sparks

As I think about a future "retirement" from formal ministry, there are five things I hope are true about me at that time.

May 8

It’s Not Our Job to “Finish” the Missionary Task by Matt Bennett

Training a new believer to do a single (very important) task is not the same thing as making a disciple.

May 8

Christine Hoover on Pastors' Wives & Congregations by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

What are some important things for pastors’ wives to remember about congregations?

May 7

Matt Carter on Adoption and Orphan Care

Why are adoption and orphan care important to the mission of the church in the 21st century?

Series: Conversations

Why are adoption and orphan care important to the mission of the church in the 21st century?

May 6

Porn is Not Ultimately About Sex by Jared C. Wilson

Until we understand that the gospel is the doorway into freedom from sin, even our religious efforts will simply be rearranging idols.

May 6

Looking Back on Easter

Methods Matter in Both Outreach and Criticism

We can critique so often and in such ways that we also hurt the cause.

May 3

Understanding Our True Citizenship by Sam Emadi

In local churches, converted men and women manifest God’s righteous rule and true political righteousness.

May 3

Adam McClendon on Counseling Troubled Marriages by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations

What should pastors remember in counseling those in troubled marriages?

May 1

When Should A Child Be Baptized? by Brent Prentice

A child must also see that in their sinful nature-state they are morally deficient and hopelessly unrighteous.

May 1

The Disconnect by Adam Kareus

The disconnect happens when we forget who we are in Christ and choose to live in our old ways of self-reliance, self-determination, and self-rule.

May 1

Episode 056: 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.

Apr 29

How to Fall in Ministry

And What to Do if You Do

Four steps to making a trainwreck of your life. And how to get back on track.

Apr 26

‘Listening’ As An Essential Word Ministry by Chris Thomas

One of the most significant personal needs a person has is the need to be heard.

Apr 26

The Worship Leader and Anxiety by Brent Dyer

I believe isolation is the enemy’s number one tool to take down worship pastors.

Apr 26

H.B. Charles Jr. on Sermon Prep by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Series: Conversations

What are the non-negotiables for sermon preparation?

Apr 24

David Prince by David Prince

Series: Conversations

What does gospel-centered parental discipline look like?

Apr 23

Russell Moore on the Culture War by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

If conservatives have lost the culture war and the American church is in decline, what is there for evangelicals to be encouraged by?

Apr 19

A Good Friday Admonition from Andrew Fuller

Preach Christ Crucified

by Staff

On this Good Friday, consider these words from one of church history's greatest Baptist theologians on the apostolic preaching of the cross of Christ.

Apr 19

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

Series: Conversations

How does a pastor win his church to mission?