I feel in my bones the common temptation to professionalize ministry, as if tools for effective ministry cannot be found in Narnia, only seminary.
FTC.co asks Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director at 9Marks and an elder a Cheverly Baptist Church (Cheverly, MD): "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"
How important is it for preachers to pay attention to cultural trends and popular media?
The only kind of soil in which church discipline can properly grow is communal love.
We should pray that God will lead us by his Spirit to know when it’s best to be quiet, to pray, and to live a life that commends the gospel, and when it’s best to add more of our own words.
How political should a local church pastor get with his flock?
Interviewing can be a rough experience for most pastors, but it doesn’t have to be.
The ministries in which women participated are among the markers of genuine Christianity in a community and these ministries led to the growth of the early church.
Whether you are a pastor, a leader or just a growing follower of Christ, it is up to you to ensure that the young people in the church have the opportunity to be mentored.
What is the one thing pastors who write ought to remember?
Nothing is more cringe-worthy than a guest preacher who takes a pulpit only to make himself famous.
On this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz discuss a pioneering pastor from American church history who is woefully unknown.
It’s painful, but good shepherding often means that we say things that are challenging to our people.
My main exhortation to you is to fearlessly adopt a gospel fixation. Don’t worry about it seeming rote or redundant.
We need to remember that we were culpable products of our sinful environment as well.
I do not deserve to be in this place, doing this thing every day. No one does.
"In what way should a church be political?"
We have learned again Christ’s words to be busy storing up treasures in heaven and not on earth, where moth and rust destroy.
We’ve bought into the same worldview of the larger culture, which is that women—and all people, really—are objects for our consumption.
He took on skin to veil his radiance and live the life we should have lived to die the death we don’t want to die and save us from our sins.
What is the one thing you would do to change the Christian’s devotional life?
The proud preacher can’t stand to be criticized, let alone critiqued.
How do you maintain a culture of community in a growing church?
Dear brother pastors, why have we become so compelled to let everyone know what we think about so many issues peripheral to our calling?
On this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz discuss the strange phenomenon of undermining the philosophy of gospel-centrality with our ministry and personal practices.
The minister is to be at God’s disposal, sensing and seeking his leadership for where he would have the minister go and to whom he would have the minister serve.
Separating vocational ministry from academic ministry is something I would encourage you to avoid.
FTC.co asks Adam McClendon, Director of the D.Min. Program at Liberty University, "How does pastoral counseling relate to discipleship?"
Pastors have a weighty calling. It is a calling that carries with it lasting and eternal consequences.
What is the one thing a new Christian needs most from his church?
FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, "What are some common mistakes beginning pastors make?"
We cannot afford to have Christ on our lips without Christ in our hearts.
Who in your congregation would welcome a note from their pastor today?
Ask God to renew and restore the joy of His salvation and His calling to ministry.
Psalm 48 as a portrait of a gospel-centered church is an incredible song for reflection!
What do too many churches get wrong about discipleship?
Is there a problem with evangelicalism's use of the word "gospel?" Author, pastor, and blogger Tim Challies joins host Jared Wilson to discuss the peril (and potential) of our fascination with a "gospely" everything.
What have you learned are the advantages of a church re-plant over planting a new work?
FTC.co asks Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Church in Fort Lee, NJ: "How do you know when to stop counseling someone?"
We are a people who want to walk through and consider every verse of Scripture.
When it comes to people who are really suffering, many pastors are tempted to feel overwhelmed and under-qualified. If that’s you, pastor, here five things to remember.
How do we love our kids without making them into idols?
On this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz discuss the obstacles vocational ministers face in sharing the gospel -- and also the opportunities.
I need to be reminded that a vision of God is greater, more important, than any vision I could ever create and cast
The most helpful response is not just to give the Osteen’s a well-deserved rebuke.
What are some important components in training men for ministry?
FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor at Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX: "What should pastors remember when leading through times of conflict?"
God has entrusted each of us with talent.
When we listen well at the beginning of a partnership, we focus on serving the church rather than using them to advance our own plans.