Resources by Theme: Practical

Apr 15, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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?

Apr 8, 2019

Links For The Church (4/8) by Staff

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. 

Apr 4, 2019

Rebuilding Together

Communal Truths to Anchor Shifting Emotions

God made us emotional beings, but we must anchor those feeling in the truth.​

Apr 2, 2019

9 Factors to Consider When Choosing Someone to Disciple by Mark Dever

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?​

Apr 1, 2019

Links For The Church (4/1) by Staff

This week's links include praise for the plateaued church, preaching from the OT, contentment, and women and men working together. 

Mar 28, 2019

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Seminary by Mike Brooks

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.

Mar 28, 2019

The 7 Disciplines of Living Coram Deo by Joshua Hedger

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. 

Mar 28, 2019

The Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by Jim Richards

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.

Mar 26, 2019

Christine Hoover on What Average Churchgoers May Not Understand About Their Pastor by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations asks author and pastor's wife, Christine Hoover, "What does the average churchgoer not understand about the pastor?"​

Mar 25, 2019

Links For The Church (3/25) by Staff

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. 

Mar 21, 2019

Distracted by Serving Jesus by Matt Kendrick

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.

Mar 19, 2019

When Abstinence Is Wrong

The Silent Sin Subtly Sabotaging Marriages

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.

Mar 19, 2019

Matt Capps on What the Average Churchgoer Doesn't Understand About Being a Pastor by Matt Capps 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?​"​

Mar 18, 2019

Links For The Church (3/18) by Staff

This week's links include resources on a single ladies catechism, being related to a slave owner, poetry and evangelism, and SBC institutions. 

Mar 14, 2019

Why You Will Join the Wrong Church by Sam Emadi

Our relationships will ebb and flow, as will our affection for the church. But the solution is not always looking for a better fit.

Mar 14, 2019

Preacher, Give Them Bread by Mat Alexander

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.

Mar 12, 2019

3 Things that Keep Christians from Living with a Sense of Urgency by Michael Kelley

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.

Mar 12, 2019

Won Kwak on How to Identify Leaders in a Smaller Church by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations asks Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, NJ: "How do you identify potential leaders, especially in a smaller church?"

Mar 11, 2019

Links For The Church (3/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on struggling to obey God, worship essentials, advice on discussing gender roles, and rethinking unreached peoples. 

Mar 7, 2019

Discipleship Simplified by Jeff Brown

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.

Mar 7, 2019

10 Ways to Lead a Great Team Meeting by Mike Ayers

Activity does not always mean productivity and just because you meet doesn’t mean you're accomplishing anything of value​.

Mar 5, 2019

Joyful Frustration

What It is Like to Minister in New England

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.

Mar 5, 2019

Jen Wilkin on Facilitating Inter-Generational Discipleship Among Women

Series: Conversations asks, Jen Wilkin, author and teacher at The Village Church in Dallas, TX: "How can we better facilitate inter-generational discipleship among women?"

Mar 4, 2019

Links For The Church (3/4) by Staff

This week's links include resources on prayer, sexual assault, short term mission trips, "arriving" in ministry, and healthy conversations about race. 

Feb 28, 2019

Rebooting Those New Year’s Resolutions by Kyle Golden

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.

Feb 26, 2019

Jonathan Leeman with Advice for Pastors Practicing Church Discipline for the First Time by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations 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?​"​

Feb 25, 2019

Links For The Church (2/25) by Staff

This week's links include resources on single pastors, praying for your parents, God and the workplace, discontentment, and Old Testament Violence. 

Feb 21, 2019

3 Reasons to Fight Self-Pity by Michael Kelley

You may or may not have reason for self-pity today. If you do, there is good reason to fight that impulse.

Feb 21, 2019

Open-Door Discipleship by Kyle Rapinchuk

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.

Feb 21, 2019

10 Things to Know About Ministry Among the Poor by Mez McConnell

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.

Feb 19, 2019

Refuting the Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by Matt Carter

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.​

Feb 19, 2019

Equip Your People to Counsel Each Other by Ed Welch

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.​

Feb 19, 2019

Nathan Rose on What Average Churchgoers May Not Realize About Their Pastor by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations 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?​"

Feb 18, 2019

What the Popularity of 'NCIS' and 'Blue Bloods' Tells Us About Ministering to Senior Adults by Jared C. Wilson

Why are older folks drawn to these kinds of shows? And what do those connections mean for ministry to older folks?

Feb 18, 2019

Links For The Church (2/18) by Staff

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. 

Feb 14, 2019

Turning the Corner on Effective Church Planting (Part 2) by Charles Campbell

When we talk about multiplication, we mean that churches have a process to discover, develop, and deploy church planting teams from the inside. ​​

Feb 14, 2019

So, Do You Write Your Own Sermons? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

When you stand behind the sacred desk to preach, be a voice, not an echo.

Feb 12, 2019

Community is a Costly Business by David McLemore

Community is a costly business, but someone must pay the cost. Why not you? Why not me?

Feb 12, 2019

Trevin Wax on What Keeps Many Christians From Studying The Bible

Series: Conversations asks Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference Publisher at Lifeway Christian Resources, "What keeps so many Christians from regularly studying the Bible?"

Feb 11, 2019

Links For The Church (2/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on being freed from pride, Lottie Moon and singleness, being brought close, and the recent Houston Chronicle report. 

Feb 7, 2019

Turning the Corner on Effective Church Planting (Part 1) by Charles Campbell

As a denomination, my tribe has a history that is a mixed bag when it comes to how churches get planted and the effectiveness of those plants. I believe we are turning a corner with our approach.

Feb 7, 2019

5 Reasons Why I Enjoy Reading Biographies by Jason K. Allen

In the spirit of Hebrews 11, reading good biographies summons forth a veritable chorus of cheers, encouraging us to lay aside every encumbrance and sin that so easily entangles us and to run with endurance the race set before us.

Feb 7, 2019

Clint Pressley on Building Camaraderie Among Church Staff Members

Series: Conversations asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, "What are some ways to build camaraderie among church staff?"

Feb 5, 2019

Womb, or Death Chamber? by Ben Gum

The womb should be more like a blossoming garden than a cold cell at Auschwitz. Those who use this law as occasion for murderous convenience will not go unnoticed by the Lord.

Feb 4, 2019

Links For The Church (2/4) by Staff

This week's links include resources on ease as the new vice, attractive qualities in a leader, what Christ will never say to us, and congregational singing. 

Jan 28, 2019

Links For The Church (1/28) by Staff

This week's links include resources on self-control and the leader, churches at a tipping point, pain and planting churches, and being in the margins. 

Jan 22, 2019

Don't Just Meet Someone's Needs by Michael Kelley

This is the lesson for us who want to do good, but don’t want to get our hands dirty.

Jan 21, 2019

Links For The Church by Staff

This week's links include resources on myths about complementarianism, practicing the doctrine of justification, engaging emotion in preaching, and liturgies for youth.