Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Jul 23, 2019

J.D. Greear on Signs of a Church's Faithfulness

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks J.D. Greear, Pastor of Summit Church (Raleigh-Durham, NC), "How can a church know it is on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?"

Jul 19, 2019

5 Resolutions for Pastoral Ministry by Brad Gray

I pray that my soul would not be so fickle as to rely on man’s acclaim or applause or attendance as validation of my ministerial efforts. 

Jul 19, 2019

Barnabas Piper on Pastor's Kids and the Church by Staff

Series: Conversations

What do pastors’ kids wish their churches knew about them?

Jul 18, 2019

Enduring Pastoral Hardships by Billy Crow

Whether it’s the man in the pulpit or the believer in the pew, suffering can be the greatest help or the greatest hardship to the proclamation of the gospel.

Jul 17, 2019

Five Encouragements for Pastors Intimidated by Biblical Counseling by Ed Welch

When it comes to people who are really suffering, many pastors are tempted to feel overwhelmed and under-qualified.

Jul 17, 2019

5 Ways to Protect Your Eldership from “Yes Men” by Joshua Hedger

If a man is easily swayed, we are slow to consider him as an elder.

Jul 17, 2019

Matt Capps on Transitioning to Pastoral Ministry by Matt Capps

Series: Conversations

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

Jul 16, 2019

Jeff Medders on What a Pastor Should Do When His Church is Tired of Hearing the Gospel by J.A. Medders

FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, TX: "What should a pastor do when his church is tired of hearing the Gospel?"

Jul 15, 2019

Stewarding Volunteers by Dennis Garcia

Perhaps our lack of volunteers has less to do with our recruiting strategy and more to do with how we are stewarding our current volunteers.

Jul 12, 2019

Are Your Church Staff Meetings a Waste of Time? by David Prince

Attention is to be focused on the Lord, the true object of our service, not people pleasing. 

Jul 11, 2019

Why Pastors Should Engage Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics by John Bolt

As a theologian, Bavinck listens carefully before making a judgment; this is the kind of theology that pastors need to learn and to emulate.

Jul 10, 2019

Episode 061: Pastors' Reading Habits

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz discuss what they're reading, what pastors are reading, and what pastors should be reading.

Jul 8, 2019

What I Miss Most (and Least) About Being a Pastor by Jared C. Wilson

I've been out of pastoral ministry now for 5 years, and while I am not asked as often I was in those first few years, I still get the question a fair amount: "Do you miss it?"

Jul 8, 2019

Who's Your One? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Evangelism is a biblical mandate for every Christian. 

Jul 5, 2019

What I’ve Learned in my First Year of Seminary by Mike Dixon

God is producing lifelong fruit and an eternal joy within me during these formative years in the classroom and in the church.

Jul 5, 2019

Matt Chandler on Cultivating a Healthy Marriage by Matt Chandler

Series: Conversations

How do you cultivate a healthy marriage in the midst of a busy ministry?

Jul 3, 2019

The Most Radical Mission For Christians May Be The Most Mundane by Brett McCracken

Mission isn’t just something made possible by a passport or a seminary degree. It’s a paradigm which should inform everything we do

Jul 3, 2019

Trillia Newbell on Disappointment in Marriage by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

What advice do you have for the wife who is disappointed with her husband?

Jul 1, 2019

3 Things to Be Careful About Saying at the Start of Your Service by Jared C. Wilson

Here are some common introductory cliches that might be worth weighing in terms of their helpfulness to the congregation's gathering to worship.

Jun 28, 2019

Matt Chandler on Church Growth & Pride by Matt Chandler

Series: Conversations

How do you lead a growing church without getting a big head?

Jun 27, 2019

The Tragedy of Sparing Others from Obedience by Joey Nickerson

We’re not doing anyone any favors by sparing them obedience, even when it’s hard, even when it feels “insane.” We’re only withholding from them everything on the other side.

Jun 26, 2019

Episode 060: Dean Inserra on The Unsaved Christian

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Jared Wilson talks with Dean Inserra about perhaps the largest mission field in America.

Jun 21, 2019

Putting the “Service” Back in Worship Service by Chad Ashby

All of our obedience begins with listening to our God.

Jun 21, 2019

Russell Moore on Politics and the Pastor by Russell Moore

Series: Conversations

How political should a local church pastor get with his flock?

Jun 19, 2019

Mark Dever on Sermon Prep by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

What does your sermon preparation look like?

Jun 17, 2019

Matrimony and the Mind: The Need for Husband-Theologians by Ronni Kurtz

We should not be mistaken, a man who has all of his theological ducks in a row is not guaranteed to be a gifted husband. 

Jun 14, 2019

Envy and the Seminarian by Sam Parkison

All the “humble brags” on social media have a green shade if you look closely enough. 

Jun 14, 2019

Dean Inserra on First-Year Church Planting by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

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

Jun 14, 2019

Five Ways Congregational Worship Shapes Us by Taylor Cain

Though we should seek Him in our closets or a quiet place during the week, he has commanded us to gather together as the church on Sunday morning. 

Jun 13, 2019

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 12, 2019

Episode 059: Jonathan Leeman on Why Everyone's So Angry on Social Media

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Jonathan Leeman about navigating the current minefields in evangelical social media.

Jun 12, 2019

The Greatest Gift to Your Pastor by Ryan Vinten

Like any good pastor, it vexed and frustrated him to see God’s sheep led astray on something so vital and yet so simple.

Jun 11, 2019

You're Not Entitled to Ministry by Steven Thompson

Being called to ministry of any kind is both a responsibility and a privilege.

Jun 11, 2019

J.D. Greear on What Difficult Thing In Your Life Has Taught You The Most? by Staff

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, "What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?"

Jun 10, 2019

Preachers Talk Preaching

Brandon Smith Interviews Tony Merida and Me

My conversation on preaching with Tony Merida and Brandon Smith.

Jun 10, 2019

You Can't Ignore Church by Jared Stacy

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

Jun 7, 2019

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, 2019

Jen Wilkin on Women and Discipleship by Staff

Series: Conversations

What misconceptions do pastors have about women and discipleship?

Jun 6, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

Jeff Medders on Writing Sermons by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

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

Jun 4, 2019

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, 2019

Nathan Finn on Diversity in the Church by Nathan Finn

Series: Conversations

What kind of diversity is important for every church?

May 31, 2019

Man Up! by Adam McClendon

Men, God has given you the privilege of leadership.

May 30, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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?