Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Mar 6

Episode 052: Jeff Medders

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson visits with Jeff Medders, Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, Texas and author or co-author of several books, including the new release Humble Calvinism

Mar 6

The Department of Redundancy Department by Sean Nolan

As flawed humans, we don’t always reflect this patient willingness to repeat ourselves.

Mar 6

How to Make the Most of Your College Education by Matthew Emerson

The classroom environment for learning the content was invaluable, but without working it out in actual ministry it would have remained knowledge that merely puffs up.

Mar 5

Pastor, Your Congregation Plays Video Games (and That’s OK) by Matthew Millsap

What should the pastor’s response to video games be? Where do they fit within the lives of the congregation? 

Mar 4

Peter, Paul, and Race

What Does Galatians 2 Have to Do With Racial Justice?

Does Paul's confrontation of Peter as recounted in Galatians 2 really have no implications for racial reconciliation?

Mar 1

5 Confessions of a Preacher by Noe Garcia

I quickly learned that an unguarded heart leads to unfiltered preaching.

Mar 1

Sexual Abuse in Student Ministry by Micah Hayes

Every leader needs accountability, including youth pastors. 

Mar 1

Michael Kelley on Passion Without Legalism by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

How do I become passionate about the things of God without becoming a legalist?

Feb 27

Maturing in the Faith-One Decision at a Time by Rodney Harrison

Leaders who blindly accepting the lowest bid, hear just one side of a matter or fail to count the cost prior to making a decision fall into this trap of failing to get all of the facts.

Feb 27

7 Questions For Meaningful Conversation With Believers by Steve Burchett

Sometimes, all it takes is one good question to start a meaningful, God-honoring conversation.

Feb 27

Russell Moore on Encouragement for Parents by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How would you encourage Christian parents worried about the world their kids are growing up into?

Feb 26

Pitting the Mission Against Itself by Brandon McClure

Pastor, if you served the rest of your ministry and never saw another convert, would you be content with watching the spiritual growth of your congregation?​

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.