This week's links include resources on pastors resting, emotionally healthy leaders, the dangers of media, if God can suffer, and praying with expectation.
God’s infinite grace fuels generosity, which fuels the glorification of God and his gospel.
Over the past decade, I’ve witnessed in others—and, unfortunately, in myself—three parental motivations to avoid. Like weeds that force their way through the best-cultivated garden or thickest concrete, these motivations seem stubborn, always reappearing; resilient, always resurfacing.
Let’s remember the people we are sharing with are not just “targets” or “hot prospects.” These are human beings, made in God’s image, who have not formed their beliefs in a vacuum.
God is at work among my generation. And the harvest is plentiful. So, pastors, keep laboring. Parents, keep laboring. Youth workers, keep laboring. Don’t give up on us.
FTC.co asks Jeff Dodge: "How do you keep theological training from becoming intellectualism?"
This week's links include resources on pornography and missions, quitting the pastorate, the road from Emmaus, and lessons from Moses' leadership.
While business meetings can be a great cause for anxiety, they need not be. Here are a few ideas for avoiding acrimonious business meetings in a local church.
This week's links include resources on small sins, passion in marriage, Psalm 22, women celebrating women, and encouraging children to befriend those with special needs.
We don’t need something new. We need something old. We need to do the same things that saints of old have been doing in order to deepen our understanding and apprehension of the greatness of God.
This week's links include resources on explaining the gospel, why parents' generosity matters, God's kindness, Sign Language and Scripture, believing the Bible because of our parents, and how to encourage the preacher.
What does it mean for a church to be on mission for Christ? Here are ten commitments of a Great Commission church.
How do you win a church to mission?
This week's links include resources on angels, serving adults with special needs, parents and repentance, sexual abuse in the church, and abortion 50 years from now.
God made us emotional beings, but we must anchor those feeling in the truth.
You only have so much time in the week. You can’t disciple the whole church, so how do you decide in whom to invest?
This week's links include praise for the plateaued church, preaching from the OT, contentment, and women and men working together.
Here are five areas to take a long, hard look at before making a committment to pursue seminary training for the next three to four years of your life.
You do not accidentally live your life before God. Positioning yourself in the presence of God to know him, hear him, and respond to him takes discipline.
Are leaders created or developed? This age-old question is not easily answered. There are natural leaders, but anyone can grow into a leadership role.
FTC.co asks author and pastor's wife, Christine Hoover, "What does the average churchgoer not understand about the pastor?"
This week's links include resources on friendships with other ministry leaders, what God does while you wait, the idol of "workism," and SSA Christians and non-sexual relationships.
If we’re honest, for most of us, it isn’t the Hollywood sins that choke out our faith; it’s all the worries of life. All the distractions and noise around us simply box the Spirit of God right out of our day.
A lack of physical intimacy in marriage boosts fleshly desires and opens us up to temptation in significant ways. Here are some ways to guard against it.
FTC.co asks Matt Capps, Senior Pastor of Fairvew Baptist Churchi in Apex, NC: "What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?"
This week's links include resources on a single ladies catechism, being related to a slave owner, poetry and evangelism, and SBC institutions.
Our relationships will ebb and flow, as will our affection for the church. But the solution is not always looking for a better fit.
Discipline yourself not to feel the need to overwhelm in every sermon. It’s difficult to do, but we must get over the temptation to feed God’s people everything we have each week.
Christians, proclaming the gospel is an urgent matter. Let us look at our lives to see what’s keeping us from allowing it to be so.
FTC.co asks Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, NJ: "How do you identify potential leaders, especially in a smaller church?"
This week's links include resources on struggling to obey God, worship essentials, advice on discussing gender roles, and rethinking unreached peoples.
If Christ is to be followed, He must be well-known, to the point that the disciple can discern His voice, predict His next move, and go His direction at all times.
Activity does not always mean productivity and just because you meet doesn’t mean you're accomplishing anything of value.
The Enemy has held this ground for a long time, and he won’t give it up easily. Fortunately, he doesn’t get to decide who wins in the end.
FTC.co asks, Jen Wilkin, author and teacher at The Village Church in Dallas, TX: "How can we better facilitate inter-generational discipleship among women?"
This week's links include resources on prayer, sexual assault, short term mission trips, "arriving" in ministry, and healthy conversations about race.
Recommit to and pursue your New Year’s resolutions looking through the lenses of God’s constant, abundant, tender, firm, and loving presence and strength.
FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director for 9Marks Ministries, "What advice would you give a pastor who wants to practice church discipline in a church that never has?"
This week's links include resources on single pastors, praying for your parents, God and the workplace, discontentment, and Old Testament Violence.
You may or may not have reason for self-pity today. If you do, there is good reason to fight that impulse.
I don’t think we can accomplish the goal of discipleship in the 21st century without demonstrating that we are willing to invite others into our mess, to hopefully show them that our mess is a Christ-centered and redemptive mess.
The poor in our cities are not going to be won by a group of timid men and women in a committee meeting; they will be won by those who dream big and trust in the absolute sovereignty of God to get things done.
If you’ll do these things, you’ll continue to grow as a leader in health and effectiveness, and your organization will grow right along with you.
This lay ministry is an extraordinary happening. No longer do people need a special—though temporary—anointing to offer a prophetic word of direction and wisdom.
FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, Missouri: "What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?"
Why are older folks drawn to these kinds of shows? And what do those connections mean for ministry to older folks?
This week's links include resources include being slow to speak, atypical women, misunderstanding the Trinity, materialism, compensating your pastor, and being a second wife.
When we talk about multiplication, we mean that churches have a process to discover, develop, and deploy church planting teams from the inside.
When you stand behind the sacred desk to preach, be a voice, not an echo.
Community is a costly business, but someone must pay the cost. Why not you? Why not me?