Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Jun 13

Why Church Membership Matters by Jason K. Allen

Series: 2017 For The Church Phoenix Micro-Conference

Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO

Jun 13

Why Discipleship Matters by Jared C. Wilson

Series: 2017 For The Church Phoenix Micro-Conference

Jared C. Wilson, director of Content Strategy and managing editor of For The Church.

Jun 13

Why Baptism Matters by Mark Dever

Series: 2017 For The Church Phoenix Micro-Conference

Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC.

Jun 13

Why Biblical Manhood Matters by Owen Strachan

Series: 2017 For The Church Phoenix Micro-Conference

Owen Strachan, associate professor of Christian Theology and Director of the Center for Public Theology

Jun 13

Why Prayer Matters by Steve Gaines

Series: 2017 For The Church Phoenix Micro-Conference

Dr. Steve Gaines, Senior Pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis TN. President of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Jun 13

Why Inerrancy Matters by Albert Mohler

Series: 2017 For The Church Phoenix Micro-Conference

Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.

Jun 9

The Routine Absurdity of Leaders Growing Large (Part 1) by Dave Harvey

When I can’t hear the gospel, my role grows large, my expectations swell and my mind visits some strange places and absurd ideas.

Jun 7

Defending Substitution: A Resolution for the Southern Baptist Convention by Owen Strachan

There is no salvation without full and final atonement for sin. 

Jun 5

When Discipleship Stalls by Adam Kareus

When we continue to uphold the gospel and what Christ has done, then they will see the purpose of discipleship.

Jun 5

Bring the Books!

In Defense of More 'Gospely' Writing

The idea that a book could impact a soul, that it could awaken something fresh in a weary spirit, give a reader a new sense of Christ's grace that changes everything -- that's worth writing for.

Jun 2

5 Rules for Sermon Illustrations by Jason K. Allen

Always seek to feed your people, do not settle for unhelpful—or even less helpful— diversions.

Jun 2

Bed Sheets, Calendars and Prayer by Whitney Putnam

When our churches recall the duty of prayer, they also step into the exact footsteps Christ taught his disciples to live. 

Jun 1

The Orphan, the Church, and the Pastor

The Logic of William Carey and the Orphan-Care Crisis

In aiming to exemplify hospitality to orphans, pastors are given the unique opportunity of leveraging their influence to fulfill James's biblical ideal of pure and undefiled religion.

May 31

Stop Using Your Personality Test as a Crutch by Michael Kelley

If you’re a Christian, knowing your personality is not your end game.

May 24

What's the Best Way for a Pastor to Negotiate His Salary? by Dave Harvey

God rarely invites men into ministry roles where some kind of financial faith is not required to accept the role.

May 24

Four Reasons to Bring Your Bible to Church by Mike Phay

Touching and handling a Bible anchors us physically to God’s gracious gift of the Bible itself.

May 17

Pastors, Spend Time with Non-Pastors by Garrett Kell

Being around the flock helps them see what our message looks like in real life.

May 16

Aren’t There Already Enough Churches? by Joel Littlefield

Some ask, "Do we really need another church?" The better question is, "Are there still lost people in our communities?"

May 16

MBTS Chapel with Dr. Owen Strachan by Owen Strachan

Dr. Owen Strachan preaching Revelation 12:10-12 at MBTS Chapel.

May 15

Prayer Isn't Magic by Jared C. Wilson

The way some people talk about prayer owes more to New Age spirituality and witchcraft than biblical Christianity.

May 12

You Are Not The Story by H.B. Charles, Jr.

We do not have editorial authority over the message.

May 10

Preachers: God Will Make the Dents by Erik Raymond

We are to make indentions, impressions, dents, whatever, upon the mind and heart by preaching the Word of God. 

May 9

Let Us Not Grow Weary

Pastoral Reflections on Patience

Pastors, find fuel for patience in the power of the gospel.

May 2

What To Do With Unbiblical Expectations by Mike Leake

Because the Spirit doesn’t give strength for disobedience, He isn’t going to help perpetuate a myth of “Super Pastor.”

Apr 26

You Can't Love Missions Without Loving the Local Church by Caleb Greggsen

Imagine what could happen if your church started sending overseas those members who love and serve the church best.

Apr 26

Sister, You Can Do Hard Things by Amy Gannett

Others can do the work to study and reframe the truths of God’s Word for you, but you’ll then miss the riches and rewards that come from hard work and study of the Word for yourself.

Apr 26

Bearing with the Failings of the Weak by Kole Farney

You are encouraged to love one another as Christ has loved you, and a key way that happens is through the extension of merciful strength and aid in the face of failure. 

Apr 24

8 Departure Dangers from Gospel-Centrality by Jared C. Wilson

There are lots of distractions from and temptations to discard a commitment to gospel-centeredness. Here are just eight . . .

Apr 20

Introducing: The For The Church Podcast by Staff

Hosted by Jared Wilson, this new podcast from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary features reflections and conversations aimed at encouraging leaders in gospel ministry.

Apr 19

God Does Not Answer "Selfie" Prayers by H.B. Charles, Jr.

God does not answer prayers that are motivated by selfish ambition, misplaced priorities, or worldly passions.

Apr 14

The Most Important People In The Body Of Christ Are Probably Not On Twitter by Daniel Darling

Simple math tells us that it is faithful, ordinary, anonymous lay people who make up the vast majority of the churches around the world.

Apr 13

Pastor, Defend Christian Liberty by Caleb Greggsen

Defend your people’s freedom in Christ with your life if necessary. But do not impinge on their freedom, even if you think it’s for their own good.

Apr 13

Encouraging a Plurality of Elders by J.A. Medders

Plurality is possible. God commands it. Let’s pursue it and protect it.

Apr 7

Why I Admire Pastors and You Should Too by Jason K. Allen

Most of the pastors I know garner my trust and respect and deserve my prayers and support. 

Apr 6

Remember the Sabbath: Part 1 by Mike Ayers

Part 1 of a 4-part series on leadership and rest.

Apr 5

Sex: The Cathedral of Our Culture by Sam Bierig

Sex simply cannot sustain the weight of our culture's expectations.

Apr 5

Do You Invite Critique of Your Sermons? by Erik Raymond

As pastors, should care more about getting the Bible right than simply feeling like we’re right. 

Apr 4

Principles for Transitioning to Multiple Elders by Nathan Rose

Moving to a plurality of pastors is a good goal that is worth pursuing, but it’s important to not get in a rush.

Apr 4

Dan Darling on the Church's Support of Parachurch Ministries by Daniel Darling

We asked Dan Darling, "How should a church decide which, if any, parachurch ministries to support?"

Mar 30

3 Reasons Young People Leave the Church by Jason K. Allen

70 percent of 18–22 year-olds stop attending church for at least one year, and a majority of 20 year-olds leave church, often never to return.

Mar 29

Why Artists Need Theology by Owen Strachan

The truth of the matter is that there is no ground for creativity that comes close to the intellectual fertility of Christian theology. 

Mar 29

The Right Side of the Line by Darrell Deer

The line between noble intentions and prideful purposes is so difficult to see that it's easy for us to cross.

Mar 28

How to Grow Your Church Numerically by Steve Burchett

Whenever true disciples are added to the church, the gospel has been proclaimed.

Mar 28

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

We ask H.B. Charles, "What are the pastor’s most important weekly tasks?"

Mar 22

Making A Pastoral Apology by Chuck Fuller

If you’re a leader, others might have been involved in the mistake, but they were likely following your lead.