Resources by Theme: Practical

Jul 25

J.T. English on Growing Churches “Feeling Small” by J.T. English

We ask J.T. English, "How do you make sure a growing church keeps 'feeling small?'”

Jul 22

16 Leadership Lessons I Learned the Hard Way by Charles Smith

For good or bad, leaders set the emotional tone within an organization. . . . Hope is the most powerful tool in your arsenal.

Jul 22

Why You Should Have That Difficult Conversation by Jared C. Wilson

We think the problem might just "go away" on its own. But if it doesn't, we have the biblical obligation to "take it to our brother."

Jul 22

Women's Ministry For The Church by Allyson Todd

We do not want to avoid equipping women just because it can be hard.

Jul 22

Links For The Church (7/22) by Staff

This week's links include resources on what the Bible says about women, dangers of money, unshakable joy, and pride and the pastor. 

Jul 18

Know Your Idols by Laura Campbell

Consider with me, brothers and sisters – do we really see the idols of our culture? Can we call them by name?

Jul 15

Links For The Church (7/15) by Staff

This week's links include resources on reverse culture shock, multigenerational leadership, studying the Bible, neglecting lament, and the war on sin. 

Jul 9

4 Starting Points for Reading Revelation by Brandon D. Smith

Revelation is very much a capstone to the Bible’s unified storyline, not a freaky add-on to the end.

Jul 8

Links For The Church (7/8) by Staff

This week's links include resources on college students and evangelism, revival, kindness, and communion with Christ. 

Jul 2

Clint Pressley on Key Components to Discipling Young Men by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC: "What are some key components to discipling young men?"

Jul 1

Links For The Church by Staff

This week's links include resources on spirituality, leadership, pain, family worship, and waiting. 

Jun 25

Don’t Waste Your Vacation

9 Ways to Optimize Time Away

Vacations should be a time to rejuvenate you for your calling, not escape it.

Jun 24

Links For The Church (6/24) by Staff

This week's links include resources on prosperity preachers, missionary callings, praying for family vacation, and myths about marriage. 

Jun 20

How to Greet Visitors to Your Church on Sunday by David McLemore

What we say to new people (and how we say it) will either give credence to our message about Jesus or take it away.

Jun 18

Trillia Newbell on Talking to Our Children About Ethnic Diversity by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, "What are some important things to remember in talking to our children about ethnic diversity?"

Jun 18

You Need to Be Inconvenienced for Your Church by Tyler Greene

God is calling us to make adjustments in the areas of our lives that are hindering us from costly participation in the mission of the church.

Jun 17

What's Your Church Sign For?

3 Things to Do -- and Not to Do -- with Your Roadside Message

Here are three all-too-common approaches to sign messages I think churches ought to avoid . . .

Jun 17

Links For The Church (6/17) by Staff

This week's links include resources on biblical truth, the missionary and insufficiency, loving your spouse, and when someone backslides.

Jun 13

Liturgy for Life: The Rhythms That Shape Us by Morgan Byrd

If Christians are shaped by the form of corporate worship, then they will also be shaped by the rhythms of their daily life as a part of the community of God.  

Jun 13

Toward a Trinitarian Ecclesiology by Matt Capps

In the doctrine of the Trinity, the church is given a pattern for unity and participation in mission.

Jun 10

Links For The Church (6/10) by Staff

This week's links include resources on potted plant Christians, salvation of a pastor's wife, virtue signaling, skating as missions, and Jesus' resurrection. 

Jun 6

Glorify God: the Shared Task of Churches & Seminaries by Jason G. Duesing

For, as we live and serve at the end of the world, the six seminaries count it a joy to do whatever it takes to serve cooperating churches as they carry out their biblically designed task of seeing God's great name proclaimed to the ends of the earth.

Jun 6

Confession ≠ Repentance by Ty Gooch

How many times have we seen confession happen without genuine and lasting change? Why does genuine transformation still evade us?

Jun 5

Old Books, New Books, and Trends That Fade Away

Lessons Learned from a Book Sale

The waves of trends beat against the rocks of God’s Word. They make quite a noise, but they can never change it.  

Jun 4

Celebrating the Role of "Sender" in World Missions by Cody Wilbanks

It is vital that senders see the immense value and importance of their role in getting the gospel across the street and around the world.

Jun 4

10 Things I Learned a Year Into Church Planting by David McLemore

A year into church planting: it's hard and it's wonderful. And I don't want to be doing anything else.

Jun 3

Links For The Church (6/3) by Staff

This week's links include resources on dying, forgiveness and children, Ecclesiastes, prayers of repentance, fighting with your spouse, and fear of God. 

May 28

A Mistake We Often Make When Reading the Bible by Michael Kelley

By and large, the Bible is a book written for a community.

May 27

Links For The Church (5/27) by Staff

This week's links include resources on spiritual indifference, trauma and the body, worshipping on Sunday, lamenting, sharing with Muslims, and when God seems silent. 

May 21

Fear, Faith, and the Fatherhood of God

How the Gospel Empowers Us to Lead in Uncertain Times

God is calling us out of the stands and into the arena. He is calling us to follow Him deep into the wild and restless world around us. But we are not going there alone.

May 20

Links For The Church (5/20) by Staff

This week's links include resources on exercise, dark times, insufficiency of good theology, and choosing the right kind of busy. 

May 16

To the Young Pastor Who Feels Inadequate by Jared Kathcart

We have a God that deals in the business of the inadequate and unworthy. Let the power of Christ rest upon you, young pastor.

May 13

4 Questions to Ask the Pastoral Search Team -- If You Dare by Jared C. Wilson

There are questions every pastoral candidate asks a search committee or hiring team when evaluating possible relocation, and then there are the questions every pastoral candidate ought to ask but rarely do. Here are four...

May 13

Links For The Church (5/13) by Staff

This week's links include resources on the gospel and the cry for "mama," sharing the gospel with family, going to church as a mom, having eternity and mind, and what to pay pastors in poor areas. 

May 9

Making the Faith Your Own is Not Making Up Your Own Faith by Benjamin Vrbicek

There are secret things, and there are revealed things, but the faith once for all delivered is not a secret thing.

May 7

God Does Wonders With Average People by Thor Madsen

Here's one lesson taught through education: it is okay to be dim in the sunlight. We need our heroes, but any of us can please God and be used significantly by him even with average abilities.

May 6

Links For The Church (5/6) by Staff

This week's links include resources on pastors resting, emotionally healthy leaders, the dangers of media, if God can suffer, and praying with expectation. 

May 3

4 Creative Ways to be Generous by Kristen Wetherell

God’s infinite grace fuels generosity, which fuels the glorification of God and his gospel.

May 2

3 Motivations for Parents to Avoid by Jason K. Allen

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.

Apr 30

3 Principles for Evangelism I'm Trying to Embrace by Michael Kelley

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.​

Apr 30

Theology for the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe

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.​

Apr 30

Jeff Dodge on Theological Training and Intellectualism by Jeff Dodge

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jeff Dodge: "How do you keep theological training from becoming intellectualism?​"​

Apr 29

Links For The Church (4/29) by Staff

This week's links include resources on pornography and missions, quitting the pastorate, the road from Emmaus, and lessons from Moses' leadership. 

Apr 23

Simple Suggestions for a Successful Church Business Meeting by J. Alan Branch

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.

Apr 22

Links For The Church by Staff

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. 

Apr 18

The Slow and Steady Pace of Discipleship by Michael Kelley

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.

Apr 15

Links For The Church by Staff

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. 

Apr 11

Commitments of a Great Commission Church by H.B. Charles, Jr.

What does it mean for a church to be on mission for Christ? Here are ten commitments of a Great Commission church.

Apr 9

J.D. Greear On Winning A Church to Mission

How do you win a church to mission?

by Staff

Series: Conversations

How do you win a church to mission?