Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Jul 13

Trevin Wax On How Social Media Changes Us by Staff

Series: Conversations

Has social media changed the way we think?

Jul 13

The Pastor’s Wife: Exposing Lies and Redeeming Them (Part 2) by Whitney Putnam

Every woman has something dynamic to bring to a local body.

Jul 12

Benefits and Negatives of a Long-Term Pastorate by Ron Pracht

Ron Prach, who served for over 45 years in the same church, reflects on the things learned in a long-term pastorate.

Jul 11

Episode 035: Wrong Ways to be Seeker Sensitive

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses some ways the seeker service approach to church gatherings may be "upside down."

Jul 11

How Satan Seduces Bitter Believers by Dave Harvey

How do you respond when someone you know has sinned against you, or maybe people you love? 

Jul 9

When A Preacher is Not Feeling It by Adam Kareus

If a pastor doesn’t feel like the sermon he delivers is that important, why on earth would his congregation feel different?

Jul 6

The Pastor’s Wife: Exposing Lies and Redeeming Them (Part 1) by Whitney Putnam

Pray to bravely and boldly expose the lies in your own church body and step confidently into the truth.

Jul 6

Clint Pressley On The Pastorate And The Average Churchgoer by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?

Jul 4

How Should a Pastor or Church Leader View Parachurch Ministries? by Dave Harvey

Every day, entrepreneurial Christians are planting parachurch seeds producing ministries that populate the West.

Jul 4

Celebrity Delivers by Gabe Posey

If Jesus truly is the best thing in this world, we are free to be nobodies. 

Jul 3

Leading Through Change by Jim Essian

You could completely bomb this change challenge that’s before you. I mean fall-on-your-face fail. And God’s love for you will not change.

Jul 2

Christ as Sole Mediator by Rachel Rose

We need no other mediator between God and Man; Jesus is enough.

Jun 29

Dear Beloved Christian Men by Allyson Todd

I want to tell you what God sees when he looks at you, why I love you, and how I hope to encourage you in the midst of our cynical culture.

Jun 29

Him We Proclaim: Heeding Spurgeon’s Call to Preach Jesus from the Entire Bible by Jason K. Allen

This call is not merely a nudge toward a more polished homiletical delivery; rather it comes with the weighty knowledge that the message of a crucified and risen Christ alone saves. 

Jun 28

Pastors, Hold Fast Until Relieved by Jared Stacy

 Sometimes for all of our learnedness, experience, and ministry strategizing— we forget that the battle is Jesus’ to win.

Jun 28

Feed the Sheep – No Matter How Many Are In the Pasture by Tim Counts

The supremacy of Christ over all things is what makes preaching him valuable, whether it is to 30 or 3,000.

Jun 27

Episode 034: Won Kwak

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, New Jersey, about growing up a pastor's kid, raising up leaders in the church, and the challenges and opportunities of doing ministry in New York City metro.

Jun 27

Pastor, Preach Hypocritical Sermons by Kris Sinclair

We’re not called to model perfection for our churches, our sole responsibility is to shine the spotlight on the only One who ever was perfect.

Jun 22

Advice for Preaching Funeral Sermons by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The funeral is not your Sunday morning exposition. It is a unique situation in which you have been given a special assignment.

Jun 22

Michael Kelley on Difficult Things In Life by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life taught you the most?

Jun 20

Who Are The 'Nations'? by Jason G. Duesing

Jesus Christ is the hope of all nations and from the nations he will gather his people.

Jun 20

Preventing Pastoral Car Wrecks by Dave Harvey

There are few things more dangerous to a church than a pastor who is extraordinarily endowed on the gifting side and extraordinarily deficient on the character side.

Jun 20

Setting Up The Sanctuary by Joshua Jenkins

There are great opportunities for thought and care for the little things in how your sanctuary is set up.

Jun 18

The Local Church and Its Role in Missions by Kaylee Freeman

We must be willing to be sent if that is God’s will for us, and if not, to give our lives to sending those whom God has called to go. 

Jun 15

I Wouldn’t Have Chosen Me by Adam Kareus

Just like in our salvation when we know we contribute nothing and God has done it all, so I know that He chose me to fulfill his mission and He is the one doing the work.

Jun 15

The Gospel And Your Work by Jason K. Allen

God has indeed made us, by gifting and by calling, for certain tasks.

Jun 13

Episode 033: The Gospel-Shaped Pastor

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson discusses how the good news of the finished work of Jesus Christ applies to the ongoing work of the pastor -- his life, heart, and shepherding.

Jun 13

We Are Not Meant To Be Awesome by Scott Sauls

But what if your name has already been given to you, and your legacy has already been achieved?

Jun 11

Love Your Refugee Neighbor by Taylor DiRoberto

A Story

The water tastes different in Oak Ridge. The sounds outside are harsh. Shouting matches and profanities are common. These are daily realities in urban, government-subsidized housing developments like Oak Ridge. On most nights, however, a different tune resounds amid the discord. Two men, with large chests and thick mustaches, cheerfully discuss the latest Premier League soccer match...in Arabic. One used to be a police officer in…

Jun 8

Don Whitney on Difficult Things in Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?

Jun 8

Seeking Christ While Facing Debt by Grace Pike

In the midst of trying to decrease debt, do not allow the Enemy to make you indifferent, scared, or stagnant.

Jun 7

Be a Small Town Pastor by Steve Bezner

There is a lot of necessity in the rural church. There is less money and fewer bells and whistles. But the Spirit is there. And the gospel is universally applicable.

Jun 6

Pastor, Who Do You Represent? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Transfer growth is an inevitable part of church life. But sheep stealing jeopardizes church health. 

Jun 5

Sometimes, Passivity Is Prideful by Kyle Gregory

The elder who shies away from exercising oversight does the church a disservice just like the authoritarian elder who rules with an ungodly dominance.

Jun 5

Trevin Wax on Other Kinds of Books Pastors Should Read

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference Publisher at Lifeway Christian Resources, "What kind of books should pastors read that they may not normally be drawn to?"

Jun 4

Growing Old Graciously by Jared C. Wilson

I want to finish strong. Don't you?

Jun 4

Made In His Likeness by Jeanie Layne

Man’s supreme function through all eternity is to reflect God’s highest glory…that God might look into the mirror called man and see His own glory shining there.

Jun 1

Noah Oldham on Difficult Things in Life by Noah Oldham

Series: Conversations

"What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?"

Jun 1

The Dangerous Allure of Being a Cultural Warrior by Brian Davis

In disregarding the total authority of the Word of God, people seek to take the throne of authority themselves

Jun 1

A Response to Andy Stanley on “Theological Correctness” by Owen Strachan

Our pursuit of unity in the body does not relax our love of theology, and our desire to handle the Word with care.

May 30

Do the Work of an Evangelist by Jason K. Allen

The fact that God calls and gifts some in extra measure does not absolve every Christian, and especially every minister, from doing the work of an evangelist.

May 30

The Doubt Within by Adam Kareus

When we go to ourselves for our confidence or encouragement we will end up finding more doubt.

May 30

Episode 032: Charles Smith on Gospel-Centered Leadership

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson talks with Charles Smith, Vice President for Institutional Relations at Midwestern Seminary, about the ins and outs of gospel-centered leadership.

May 29

Clint Pressley on Disagreement Between a Staff Member and a Pastor by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Senior Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church (Charlotte, NC): "If a staff member disagrees with the pastor on an important issue, what should they do?"

May 25

Sacrificing Fast and Easy by Bethany Mathis

Being spoon fed the truth doesn’t result always result in an abiding faith. 

May 25

Gospel People Stay Behind by Jared Musgrove

Has God called you to stay behind? Be faithful in the so-called mundane

May 25

Won Kwak on Difficult Things in Life by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

What difficult thing in your life has taught you the most?

May 23

Please Clap: The Dangerous Addiction to Compliments by Steve Bezner

Believing the finished work of Jesus means believing that the gospel is all the approval and compliment we need.

May 23

A Concern with Chan’s Home Church Planting Model: A Gentle Call for Correction by Adam McClendon

The point in Scripture is never the location or size of the gathering, but the purpose and activity of the gather.