Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Oct 19

The Un-Millennial Church by Cole Deike

Maybe the best way to reach young adults, and by reach I really mean attract, transform, and equip, is to plant and lead un-millennial churches.

Oct 18

Joy at the Table by Daryl Crouch

When we pick up the bread and the tiny cup with our weak and calloused hands, we remember the nails that pierced our Savior’s hands and feet wounded him, but did not defeat him.

Oct 17

Won Kwak on Effectively Leading Multi-Ethnic Congregations by Won S. Kwak

FTC.co asks Won Kawk, "How can a pastor effectively lead a multi-ethnic congregation?"

Oct 13

Jesus Was A Disciple Maker, What About You? by Joel Littlefield

Placing your faith in Jesus, who saves, is to place your life in the hands of the One wants to use you as a witness for His glory.

Oct 11

Sanctification: Shaped Into Something Wonderful by Mallory Bierig

Our work to grow in Christ-likeness is an overflow from salvation and serves as fruit of salvation.

Oct 9

Like When Dylan Went Electric

Why You Need Courage for the Attractional-to-Gospel Transition

How this Sunday at your church could be like the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.

Oct 9

8 Reasons to Love Sound Doctrine by Kevin Halloran

Sound doctrine originates with God Himself and is uncorrupted and life-giving.

Oct 6

Rely on God’s Word, Not on Techniques by Andy Davis

The most significant force in the revitalization of any local church is the ongoing ministry of the Word of God Sunday after Sunday.

Oct 5

Faithful Believers and the Religious Test for Public Office

An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders from a Vermont Pastor

As a Vermont pastor, I ask my country for freedom to not only preach the gospel–but also for freedom for those I preach to–to hold their religious beliefs while also holding public office.

Oct 2

Too Big Not To Fail by Jared C. Wilson

We think bigness is the way. We think bigness solves lots of problems. We think bigness is safety. We think we can get too big to fail. But it's the other way around.

Oct 2

Less Lecture, More Learning: Ideas For A Better Sunday School Hour by Bryan Elliff

What if we all could get as much out of it as the teacher? What if we could all experience that process of learning together?

Sep 29

Making Beauty From Train Wrecks by Daniel Ross

Despite all the technical foibles, stuttering tongues, and holiday weekend lethargy, something powerful happened.

Sep 29

What Do Those Who Practice Legalism Fail to Recognize? by Casey Lewis

We are to see the good things we have not as hindrances to salvation or growth in Christ but as gifts God has given us.

Sep 27

Don’t Be a Do-Gooder: Pastoral Reflections on Goodness by Aaron Menikoff

For your works to be truly good, your heart has to be full of goodness.

Sep 27

What Is The Pastor To Be? by Jason K. Allen

The biblical expectations are high, and the nonbiblical ones held by many churches are higher still. 

Sep 26

The Minister's Gospel

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Matt Chandler's message on "The Minister's Gospel" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 26

The Minister's Legacy

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Jared C. Wilson's message on "The Minister's Legacy" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 26

The Minister's Mission

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Matt Carter's message on "The Minister's Mission" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 26

The Minister's Study

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Owen Strachan's message on "The Minister's Study" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 26

The Minister's Marriage

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Ray Ortlund, Jr.'s message on "The Minister's Marriage" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 25

The Minister's Prayer

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

H.B. Charles, Jr.'s message on "The Minister's Prayer" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 25

The Minister's Preaching

An FTC17 Sermon

Series: 2017 For The Church National Conference

Jason K. Allen's message on "The Minister's Preaching" delivered at the 2017 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 22

Institutional Humility by Jared Sparks

Churches are called to function with institutional and missional piety. 

Sep 22

The Church Commute: Why Where You Live Matters by Bryan Elliff

Is our body life suffering because all of its parts live so far away?

Sep 18

The 9th Thing God Tells Us Not To Do

On Getting Our Tongues Straightened Out

When we find Christ supremely valuable and fulfilling, the desire to cut our neighbor down disappears.

Sep 14

A Pastoral Lesson from a Generous Widow by H.B. Charles, Jr.

These lessons have taught me to not put a price-tag on my ministry.

Sep 13

There Are Souls to Be Saved: How Can We Rest? by David Murray

The theological root of so much burnout is a failure to believe in the sovereignty of God. 

Sep 11

3 Ways The Trinity Affects My Singleness by Jeanie Layne

When I am tempted to bemoan gifts I feel the Lord has withheld, the Godhood of each person of the Trinity helps me to see God’s gifts correctly. 

Sep 8

The First Step of Sermon Prep by Jonathon Woodyard

Preaching flows from the heart of a man who has seen great things in the Bible, has savored what he has seen, and stands before a people to tell them what he saw

Sep 7

Pastor, Be a Gospel Signpost by Travis Montgomery

If a pastor, as a signpost, points to the revealed theological realities of God, he must point supremely to the heart of that revelation: the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sep 6

Rethinking the Worship Team by Daniel Ross

Ultimately, glorifying God through our songs should be our highest priority.

Sep 5

New Release: Portraits of a Pastor

New Book from Jason K. Allen

Releasing today, Portraits of a Pastor -- edited by Jason K. Allen and featuring numerous great contributors -- is the latest entry in the FTC imprint with Moody Publishers.

Aug 31

The Church, Politics, and Bonhoeffer's Way Forward - Part 3

Start at the Bottom and Work Your Way Lower

We prefer power. But oh, to find the beauty of service good again!

Aug 30

The Church, Politics, and Bonhoeffer's Way Forward - Part 2

The Kingdom Maker

The goal is not for Christians to seize power through political maneuvering, but it is instead for Christians to model how the Kingdom of God subverts and redeems power.

Aug 30

On Hard Work, Prayer, and Grace by Jim Essian

Jesus’ sinlessness and corresponding righteousness mean he never wasted a second in disobedience outside of God’s decreed will. 

Aug 30

Shepherd the Room by Dustin Rouse

Sometimes shepherding the room is simply getting out of the way so that the real Shepherd can do His work.

Aug 29

The Church, Politics, and Bonhoeffer's Way Forward - Part 1

The Primacy of Prophecy

Each king must have a prophet.

Aug 28

What We Talk Like When We Talk About God by Jared C. Wilson

"The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth blog about how cool he is with, you know, whatever your deal is, man."

Aug 25

How Can I Forgive Myself? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

If I need to forgive myself, it suggests that I am the God that I have offended and need to appease. 

Aug 24

Pastor, How Will You Last? by Jeremy Rose

Pastor, don’t over-shepherd your church at the expense of under-shepherding your heart, the heart of your wife, and the hearts of your children.

Aug 23

Trevin Wax on Why Christians Should Care About Pop Culture

Series: Conversations

Is it important to pay attention to cultural narratives?

Aug 23

Early Discoveries of a Young Pastor by Sam Parkison

We will be crushed under the weight of ministry if we forget that Christ's church is Christ's.

Aug 23

Intervention: What the Church Can Learn About Discipline from a TV Show by Rustin Umstattd

One difficulty in our churches in regards to discipline is that we often don’t have this type of authentic community with each other.

Aug 21

The Solar Eclipse and Repentance in Biblical Theology by Todd Chipman

The sad irony of August 21, 2017, is that what many will celebrate today, even with decadence, signals God’s wrath upon human idolatry. 

Aug 21

Showing and Growing: 10 Practical Steps for Community by Adam McClendon

If the average church member would seek to live out these principles, they would find deeper relationships and have a much richer sense of purpose.

Aug 18

Grow Your Own Leaders by Adam D. Swift

Pastors and ministerial leaders are shaped and fashioned only in the context of a local church, and nowhere else.