Resources by Theme: Practical

Jan 3, 2019

5 Tools Every Rural Church Needs by Luke Holmes

Pastoring is a challenge no matter the size of the community, but having the right set of tools can make the job a little easier.  

Dec 31, 2018

Links For The Church (12/31) by Staff

This week's links include resources on everyday work, skipping resolutions, welcoming those with eating disorders, and when our waiting will be over. 

Dec 28, 2018

The 10 Most-Read Posts of 2018 by Staff

These were the 10 most-read posts at FTC over the last year.

Dec 27, 2018

The Primacy of the Master of Divinity Degree by Jason K. Allen

Ministry is increasingly complex. We live in a zany world. The culture is imploding, ethical quandaries abound, our church members need, and will need, more from their ministers, not less.

Dec 27, 2018

The Goal and Purpose of Ministry Within the Local Church by Casey Lewis

It’s a tall order, but our job as the church is to help one another become like Christ in our thoughts, actions, and knowledge.​

Dec 24, 2018

Links For The Church (12/24) by Staff

This week's links include resources on the mega-joy of Christmas, when you're weary at Christmas, kids and new phones, and a Christmas carol for the weak. 

Dec 20, 2018

How Churches Can Help Women Study God's Word by Kristen Wetherell

For many churches, a lack of equipping their women to love and study Scripture is a result of a lack of conviction about Scripture itself.​

Dec 18, 2018

Don't Reap to the Edge of Your Field by Michael Kelley

We can leave the edges of our lives unreaped because we are confident in the generous provision of God.

Dec 17, 2018

Links For The Church (12/17) by Staff

This week's links include resources on loving your neighbor, hiring older church leaders, the effect of the curse, and misplaced compassion. 

Dec 13, 2018

Christmas Teaches Us That Virtual Reality Church is No Gift by Adam York

While there are areas where the digital can be helpful, the Gospel and the church will always point to its cornerstone and head, Jesus Christ, who took on flesh and dwelt among us.​

Dec 11, 2018

Steve Bezner on Maintaining a Culture of Community Within a Growing Church by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations asks Steve Bezner, lead pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX, "How do you maintain a culture of community in a growing church?"

Dec 10, 2018

Links For The Church (12/5) by Staff

This week's links include resources on boundaries in ministry, incarnation and work, routine Bible reading, and comforting suffering people.

Dec 6, 2018

Sanctification Through Our Passive Friendships by Mike Ruel

The typical ways we view friendships, discipleship, and sanctification may be overlooking an important way God uses our relationships with others.

Dec 6, 2018

3 Lies the Church Believes About Singleness by Jordan Wilbanks

While singleness may, at times, be a function of cultural shifts and an extended adolescence among some adults, no single person remains single outside of the sovereignty—and goodness—of God.

Dec 4, 2018

Michael Kelley on Mistakes We Make When Thinking About Discipleship by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations asks Michael Kelley, Director of Discipleship at Lifeway Christian Resources, "What are some mistakes we make in thinking about discipleship?"

Dec 4, 2018

Parents, Your Tiredness is an Opportunity by Kristen Wetherell

Parents, when you’re so tired you can barely function, consider this a chance to enjoy the privilege of friendship, family, and fellowship in the body of Christ.

Dec 3, 2018

Links For The Church (12/3) by Staff

This week's links include resources on true beauty, Christianity without community, being alone during the holidays, and pastors visiting workplaces. 

Nov 29, 2018

3 Reasons the Bible Pays So Little Attention to Your Feelings by Michael Kelley

Friends, none of us feels exactly what we ought to feel. But thank God we have a Bible that tells us the truth even if we can’t do the same thing for ourselves.

Nov 27, 2018

Becoming Your Grandchildren's Church

Four Prayers for the Church's Next Generation

When God’s people gather together for worship, the next generation’s eyes are wide open.

Nov 27, 2018

Matt Capps on Why Expository Preaching is So Important by Matt Capps

Series: Conversations asks Matt Capps, Senior Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, North Carolina, "Why is expositional preaching as important today as it’s ever been?"

Nov 26, 2018

Links For The Church (11/26) by Staff

This week's links include resources on homosexuality, Christian success, Jesus as a Baptist, listening to the hard of hearing, and church's handling accusations against elders.

Nov 20, 2018

Trillia Newbell on How to Love Our Kids Without Making Them Idols by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations asks Trillia Newbell, author and Director of Community Outreach for the ERLC, "How do we love our kids without making them into idols?"

Nov 19, 2018

Links For The Church (11/19) by Staff

This week's links include resources on a difficult marriage, if mission work is good, the early church, weeping for lost souls, Victoria's Secret, and going to church. 

Nov 15, 2018

When It's Hard to Be a Patient Parent by Joel Littlefield

What if the bigger issue in having your kids obey isn't their obedience, but rather, is your patience with them?

Nov 15, 2018

"All Gone" - A Worship Song Inspired by Charles Spurgeon by Eric Schumacher

The greatness of both our sin and our forgiveness should inspire us to sing the greatness of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Nov 14, 2018

Episode 044: Andreas and Margaret Köstenberger on God-Centered Parenting

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Drs. Andreas and Margaret Köstenberger about their new book Equipping for Life: A Guide for New, Aspiring, and Struggling Parents and important topics related to raising word-wise kids in a wordly culture.

Nov 13, 2018

Why Does Church Membership Matter? by David McLemore

We can have meaningful church membership because what Jesus died for, he will also give life to. Jesus died for the church. He will give life to it.

Nov 13, 2018

J.T. English on What's Encouraging About the Future of the Church by J.T. English

Series: Conversations asks J.T. English, Pastor of The Village Church Institute at The Village Church in Denton, TX, "What encourages you about the future of the church?"

Nov 12, 2018

Links For The Church (11/12) by Staff

This week's links include resources on church volunteers, love and marriage, hope in the sexual revolution, and resting in Jesus. 

Nov 9, 2018

Why We Don’t Send More Missionaries by Alex Kocman

If we are talking about the gospel in such a way that doesn’t ever make people want to go, we’re doing it wrong.

Nov 8, 2018

Salvation in the Car Seat (and Other Mundane Miracles) by Jared Musgrove

Parents, use the sacred space of car rides and other "as you go" moments to explore and deepen your family faith story with the people who matter most.

Nov 8, 2018

Common Questions Christians Ask About Forgiveness by Erik Raymond

Choosing to hold a grudge is tremendously powerful, controlling others and you. Forgiving is even more powerful, liberating others and you.

Nov 6, 2018

Jonathan Leeman on Christians Voting Pragmatically by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations asks Jonathan Leeman, Research Fellow for the ERLC and Editorial Director of 9Marks Ministries, "Is there any problem with Christians voting pragmatically?"

Nov 5, 2018

Links For The Church (11/5) by Staff

This week's links include resources on moms who need to slow down, trendiness and the Bible, women who struggle with pornography, and Paul's example in politics. 

Nov 1, 2018

The Mission of Jesus in Homes by Jared Musgrove

Jesus’ ministry in homes was a ministry of love. Such love in the most private of places was a most potent apologetic to an unbelieving world. It still is.

Oct 30, 2018

Stewards of Our Stories by Mike Brooks

I don’t know of a person on Earth who doesn’t need to know what it feels like to be loved by God. Consequently, each week, with the Spirit’s help, we’re going to take our best shot at it.

Oct 30, 2018

Jesus’ Compassion for the Rich and Powerful by Scott Sauls

What does Jesus think about those who have money and celebrity? Is there a place for them at his Table and in his circle of friends?

Oct 30, 2018

Won Kwak on What Average Churchgoers May Not Understand About Their Pastor by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations asks Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, NJ: "What does the average churchgoer not understand about their pastor?"

Oct 29, 2018

Links For The Church (10/29) by Staff

This week's links include resources on encouraging one another, women spreading the word, truths for grandparents, feeling God's love, loving your single friends, and pastors developing true friendships.

Oct 22, 2018

Links For The Church (10/22) by Staff

This week's links include resources on age diversity in the church, lamenting, when work is hard, and renewed joy in ministry. 

Oct 18, 2018

3 Reasons We Should Pay Attention to What We Sing in Church by Michael Kelley

The fact that we are singing to and about God ought to make us pause and breathe a little deeply and at least consider the words coming out of our mouths.

Oct 18, 2018

Why Doctrine Still Matters by Scott Sauls

Culture will shift, our feelings will shift, and human opinion will shift. But truth will not.

Oct 16, 2018

In Spirit and in Truth

Bringing Balance to Christian Worship

Worship is not a condiment, meant merely to flavor the Christian life.

Oct 15, 2018

Links For The Church (10/15) by Staff

This week's links include resources on ordering our loves, what our liturgy celebrates, responding to pornography, and gratitude. 

Oct 11, 2018

What "One Another" Means For Our Mission by Jared Musgrove

The ministry of love outside of Sunday morning gatherings creates the credibility that not only arrests, but keeps the attention of those inside the church and outside it.

Oct 9, 2018

Stop Hijacking Jesus by Jason Alligood

We must have strong hermeneutical standards, but those hermeneutical standards are wrecked if we do not begin with all of Scripture being God-breathed.

Oct 9, 2018

We Don't Need to Go Back to the Early Church by J.A. Medders

The only perfect church, filled with non-problematic people is in Heaven. Be faithful in the present without wishing for the past.

Oct 9, 2018

Jeff Dodge on Why Churches Should Think More Intentionally About College Campuses by Jeff Dodge

Series: Conversations asks Jeff Dodge, Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church (Ames, Iowa), "Why should local churches be thinking more intentionally about college campuses?

Oct 8, 2018

Links For The Church (10/8) by Staff

This week's links include resources on collaborative creativity, Puritan women and the Bible, the Christian's role in #MeToo, and why we need rural churches. 

Oct 4, 2018

Are Kids Resilient?

A Review of Russell Moore’s "The Storm-Tossed Family"

The difficulty we face in our families takes time to process, and in The Storm-Tossed Family, Dr. Moore walks with the reader every step of the way.