Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Sep 26

Preach Less by Dayton Hartman

As a church plant begins to mature, the church planter should preach less by sharing the pulpit more. 

Sep 26

Jeff Medders on Church Discipline by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

How do you keep church discipline from being weird and mean?

Sep 21

Trust God With The Spiritual Gifts He Gives by Kristen Wetherell

God always does as he pleases, in unmatched wisdom.

Sep 21

J.T. English on Avoiding Intellectualism by J.T. English

Series: Conversations

How do you keep theological training from becoming intellectualism?

Sep 20

Say it in a Sentence by Justin Buzzard

Pastor, you aren't ready to preach until you can state what your sermon is about in one, clear sentence.

Sep 20

The Day I Blew Up the Children’s Ministry Meeting

A Lesson on Submission

The day after, everyone had cooled off a bit. I stepped into my mentor's office not knowing I was about to learn a lesson I would never forget.

Sep 19

5 Exercises in Theological Humility by Brandon D. Smith

What you do with that conviction is the difference between arrogance and humility, immaturity and maturity.

Sep 18

You Need To Lead Your Home Before You Can Lead a Church by Dave Harvey

The home is a microcosm of the church. If a man can’t lead his home effectively, how will he lead a church?

Sep 14

Trevin Wax on The Stand For Traditional Marriage by Staff

Series: Conversations

What are some important considerations for evangelicals taking the stand for traditional marriage?

Sep 13

Pastor, Have You Been With Jesus? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Sure, you know how to handle to text. But can people tell that you have been with Jesus?

Sep 12

4 Ways to Become an Effective Role Player in Your Church by Joseph Dicks

The Christian life is a life of discipleship, from every angle.

Sep 12

Trillia Newbell On The Christian And Food by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

What encouragements and cautions would you give Christians in thinking about food?

Sep 11

Clint Pressley on What He Wishes He Would've Known as a New Pastor by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church (Charlotte, NC), "What do you wish you'd known when you started as a pastor?"

Sep 10

The Perils of Preaching an Implications-Free Gospel by Jared C. Wilson

The gospel is indeed the antidote to every sin and suffering. But "just preach the gospel" misses the mark as the solution to all manner of ills, because the good news has necessary implications that adorn and amplify it.

Sep 10

Why You Should Actually Go to Seminary by Taylor DiRoberto

Moving to campus and immersing yourself in a holistic experience shows you are serious about your training and that you have set apart this season for something special.

Sep 7

The Gospel and Your Money by Jason K. Allen

The sparkling reality of the Christian life is that God not only meets our needs but often far surpasses them. 

Sep 7

Resolve to Live Wisely and Press On by Michael Malanga

Wise forgetfulness is the fruit of finding our identity in Jesus Christ. 

Sep 7

Won Kwak on Kids in the Ministry Fishbowl by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

How should pastors think about parenting kids growing up in the ministry fishbowl?

Sep 6

Your Church's Leadership Structure May Not Be the Problem by Mike Ayers

Since the mission of the Church universal is to make disciples of all nations, any church structure should lead to the life transformation of those for whom Christ died.

Sep 6

Pastor, Rest Even When Your Work's Not Finished by Luke Holmes

While we might feel like we have more to do, we must rest in knowing that Christ’s work is done. 

Sep 5

Episode 039: David McLemore on Church Planting in Church Saturated Areas

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with David McLemore about prevalent concerns for church planting in areas that already have lots of churches.

Sep 5

We Need All Creators Creating by Christine Hoover

The most beautiful beauty in this life is redemption, and redemption only comes through sacrifice. 

Sep 5

As It Is In All the World by Jim Elliff

Sometimes people have the mistaken idea that the gospel is something that is merely lived out before others, as in serving them.

Sep 4

Being Aware of God's Presence in Worship by Dustin Rouse

As worship leaders, our primary job is to raise our church’s gaze to Christ - to take their eyes off the mundane things of life and set them on the majesty of their Savior.

Sep 3

Gay Girl, Good God

An Interview with Jackie Hill Perry

by Staff

An interview with Jackie Hill Perry, whose new book Gay Girl, Good God releases today from B&H.

Aug 31

Checklist Christianity by Adam Kareus

A checklist without a heart change is giving a corpse a facelift.

Aug 31

Mark Dever on Younger Generations by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the younger generation?

Aug 29

The Church Needs Fewer Men Who Feel “Called” to Ministry by Dayton Hartman

We can’t look to the degrees on our wall or the title beside our name as evidence of qualification.

Aug 27

5 Reasons Not to Plant a Church by Jared C. Wilson

Pastor, you are justified by your faith, not by your church plant.

Aug 24

Pursue Growth Together: Our Call to Disciple Others by Darryl Dash

If we invest in others, even imperfectly, God will often multiply that investment more than we could imagine.

Aug 24

Michael Kelley on Christians Not Being Discipled by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

What should a new Christian who isn't being discipled do?

Aug 22

Episode 038: Russ Ramsey on Pastoring Like Jesus

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Russ Ramsey about what kind of pastor Jesus was and what pastors can learn from him about shepherding.

Aug 22

Pastor, Point Like John the Baptist by Cale Fauver

 John came to point, he came to bear witness about the light, Jesus Christ. 

Aug 22

A Common But Misguided Perception by Jim Elliff

Upon receiving this gift of life, God indwells us by his Spirit, changing our behavior and outlook for the eternal future.

Aug 21

Is Anyone Godly Enough To Be a Pastor? by Dave Harvey

God’s call upon man delivers the grace necessary for the godliness needed.

Aug 21

Christine Hoover on What the Average Churchgoer Doesn't Understand About Their Pastor by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Christine Hoover, pastor's wife and author of Searching for Spring and Messy Beautiful Friendship, "What does the average churchgoer not understand about their pastor?"

Aug 20

5 Reasons Every Pastor Should Be Involved in VBS or Camp Ministry by Tim Counts

Sometimes looking up from the grindstone and seeing what is happening around you in ministry through other believers is even more productive for Christ’s Kingdom.

Aug 17

Pastoring Amid Depression by John Starke

Carrying the consistent emotional weight of the various pains, fears, criticisms, suffering, and transitions of a congregation is a challenging vocation.

Aug 17

Dean Inserra On Ministry In The South by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

How is ministry in the South different than it was 10 years ago?

Aug 16

How to Love Visiting Church Members in the Hospital by Timothy Raymond

Chances are, your people will remember your hospital visit for the rest of their life, even though they may not remember last Sunday’s sermon.

Aug 15

Deep Work for Pastors: 6 Keys for Better Sermon Preparation by Jason K. Allen

Given the neediness of the church, the cultural pressures we face, and the general social upheaval of our times, how we preach has never been more important.

Aug 15

Cross-Cultural Church Planting: A Plea From A Missionary by Alex Hawke

This must humble us. In many parts of the world, believers have shed their blood for the cause of Christ or suffer for their faith in ways we never will.

Aug 15

How Does Praying For Others Help You? by Justin Huffman

Prayers for people we don't even know around the world to be brought to Christ engages us in the great purpose of the Christian life.

Aug 14

Jeff Dodge on What Average Churchgoers May Not Understand About Being a Pastor by Jeff Dodge

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jeff Dodge, Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa, "What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?"

Aug 13

Christ as Substitute by Destiny Martin

It was our iniquities and transgressions that He suffered for, shedding light on the fact that it was not His own sins that He was carrying.

Aug 10

Having Faith in Doubt: A Response to Steven Furtick by Owen Strachan

We believe in and confess that his death has absorbed the Father’s just wrath and washed our sin away. 

Aug 10

4 Ways Elders Should Seek Accountability by Dave Harvey

The standard of beauty is God—the interplay of his own unity, diversity, and harmony.

Aug 10

Matt Capps on Books Pastors Should Read by Matt Capps

Series: Conversations

What kind of books should pastors read that they normally don’t?

Aug 8

Episode 037: What to Do When Your Pastor Quits

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks about about how a church should respond when a pastor, under normal circumstances, resigns from his ministry.

Aug 8

For The Love Of The Church by Skylar Spradlin

Sacrifice is the first act of true love for the church because this is how Christ loved the church.