Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Apr 8

Charging the Gates of Hell When You Can Barely Move by Danny Slavich

The land of exile is the locus of theological formation. 

Apr 6

COVID-19 and Family Discipleship by Jonas Larkin

What happens when these groups and programs aren’t gathering?

Apr 3

Dean Inserra on Church Faithfulness by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

How can a church know it's on the right track? What are some signs of faithfulness?

Mar 27

Should We Take Communion Virtually? by Drake Osborn

This is a community meal, signified by the corporate nature of the covenant that we are remembering and taking part in.

Mar 27

Biblical Principles for Ethnic Harmony by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Racism refuses to acknowledge the equality and dignity or your neighbor, much less love them as you love yourself. 

Mar 27

Clint Pressley On Leading Big Change by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?

Mar 26

Don Whitney on Family Devotions by Staff

Series: Conversations

How do you encourage a young family struggling with family devotions?

Mar 25

Power Over Life and Death: An Encouragement from the Old Testament in the Age of Coronavirus by Lance Higginbotham

We are not created to die, so reminders of human frailty do not come easily to most of us. 

Mar 23

3 Realities A Self-Help Article Will Never Tell You About Losing Weight by Lauren Graham

Nothing special happened about my life’s purpose and mission as a result of losing the weight that I lost. 

Mar 20

Jeff Medders on Writing Sermons by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

How do you write sermons? Describe your sermon preparation process.

Mar 18

10 Gifts I Pray God Gives The Church Through The Coronavirus by Orion Berridge

May God cause something mighty and special to happen when the church, across the entire world, returns to corporate worship. 

Mar 17

Ronni Kurtz on Why Pastors Should Care About Systematic Theology by Ronni Kurtz

Series: Conversations

We ask our Managing Editor, Ronni Kurtz, "Why should pastors care about Systematic Theology?"

Mar 16

Our Pandemically Poor Ecclesiology

What the Coronavirus Deliberations Reveal About Our View of Church

Whether you meet or don't meet, do all things to the glory of God.

Mar 13

You’re Not a Bad Pastor If You Cancel Services Over COVID-19 by Ronnie Martin

Four helpful perspectives to remember when making the decision to cancel worship services due to the spread of the Coronavirus. 

Mar 13

J. T. English on Large Churches and Ministry Training by J.T. English

Series: Conversations

How can large churches provide effective ministry training?

Mar 12

From Associate Pastor to Senior Pastor (In the Same Church) by Jason Helopoulos

A few challenges and helpful advice for an Associate Pastor becoming the Senior Pastor in the same church he has been serving for years.

Mar 11

Acts 15, Infanticide, and Using the Bible in Ethics by J. Alan Branch

The Bible gives us the necessary worldview and the essential principles needed for thinking through these issues with the right perspective. 

Mar 11

Missionary, Please Don’t Dread Support Raising by Michelle Dein

The Holy Spirit creates the desire in hearts and helps believers respond to God’s generosity and grace with offerings back to Him.

Mar 11

More Than Marriage: What’s Behind Polyamory In the Church by Katie McCoy

The presence of polyamory among professing believers is yet another manifestation of a culturally accommodating Christianity that seeks to worship the Lord on its own terms.

Mar 5

Won Kwak on Advice for the Pastor Who Wants to Quit by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations asks Won Kwak, pastor at Maranatha Grace Church in Fort Lee, New Jersey: "What do you say to the pastor who's tired and wants to quit?"

Mar 4

Hope for Busted Up Sinners Like Me by Scott Sauls

He will not merely help us turn over a new leaf; he will actually give us a new life.

Feb 24

Church Song Is Corporate Preaching by Eric Schumacher

Don't pit singing and the sermon against each other.

Feb 21

Why I’d Go to Church If I Were Not a Pastor by H.B. Charles, Jr.

You may not like the way the bride of Christ looks. But be careful how you treat Christ’s bride. 

Feb 21

Clint Pressley on Training Men for Ministry by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What are some important components in training men for ministry?

Feb 19

The Most Important Discipline I Learned in Seminary by Jason G. Duesing

Though freed from the penalty of sin by the blood of Christ, my struggle with and the remaining presence of even “canceled sin” was bigger and deeper than I knew.

Feb 17

The Passage that Called Me to Ministry

3 Enduring Lessons from Exodus 3

I want to persevere in ministry purely at the mercy of the sovereign God who is with me.

Feb 17

I Am A Pastor, Therefore I Fear by Ronnie Martin

God’s purpose is always for your worry to be transformed into worship. 

Feb 14

Don Whitney On The Christian's Devotional Life by Staff

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing you would do to change the Christian’s devotional life?

Feb 13

Three Ways a Pastor and His Wife Can Stay in Love by Tim Counts

When I am closer to Jesus, I am closer to my wife. I mean truly closer to Jesus, in my heart, not just thinking I am closer because I am doing the right things.

Feb 12

A Burdened Life: Three Questions for Those in Sorrow by Samuel Stephens

Self-sufficient living brings disastrous results. 

Feb 10

Looking For a Church? Here’s What to Look For by Jim Elliff

Though there are many things a particular church may not be able to do well, love is not one of them.

Feb 10

Why Knowing Your Flock is Critical to Meaningful Preaching by Jared C. Wilson

The ministry of preaching cannot be divorced from the ministry of soul care; in fact, preaching is actually an extension of soul care. There are a host of reasons why it is important for pastors who want to preach meaningfully to know their flocks as well as they can, but here are three of the most important.

Feb 7

Won Kwak on New Christians and Church by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing a new Christian needs most from his church?

Feb 6

The Gospel and Your Time by Jason K. Allen

The Bible itself describes our lives as vapors that vanish quickly. We must recognize today that we are not promised tomorrow.

Feb 5

Does Your Youth Group Look Like the Muslim's Next Door? by Micah Hayes

If the gospel is the one thing that makes us unique, then the gospel needs to be the one thing that shapes how we do everything.

Feb 5

In Ministry, Joy and Sorrow Don’t Cancel Each Other Out by Winston Smith

While we’re always experiencing death to some extent in the present age, we’re also at the very same time experiencing resurrected life. 

Feb 3

3 Words of Counsel I’ve Received from Seasoned Leaders by Tyler Greene

A leader who holds fast to the true source of life is utterly free to love others well.

Jan 31

Adam McClendon on Pastoring Those Who Struggle With Porn Use by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations

What should pastors remember in counseling those dealing with porn use?

Jan 29

The Most Honest People In The World, And Why We Need Them by Scott Sauls

Do you recognize that an inability to enjoy children is not representative of a defect in the children, but of a defect in us?

Jan 29

Eight Tips for Veteran Preachers by Jason K. Allen

Whether you are a beginner preacher or veteran one, cultivate a sense of dependence on Christ.

Jan 20

4 Perils of Platform by Jared C. Wilson

There are so many other spiritual dangers that face the one in the spotlight. These four, I'm convinced, are some of the reasons why James says not many people should be teachers.

Jan 17

Clint Pressley on Attractional Church Models by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What are some practical considerations for the pastor leading his church from an attractional mindset to a more gospel-centered ministry?

Jan 16

7 Ways to Protect and Pass On the Gospel by Nathan Rose

When you join a local church, you’re committing to helping other covenant members faithfully follow Jesus. 

Jan 15

Is There Forgiveness For A Seminary Student? by Grace Pike

Though our flesh wars against it, the humility to recognize our need for God’s forgiveness and redemption is a gift.

Jan 13

When Your Spouse Won't Change by Kasey Johnson

Your marriage may always be a place of great trial, but you can change the way you react to it. 

Jan 10

J.T. English on Church Theology and Doxology by J.T. English

Series: Conversations

How can a church help make sure its theology leads to doxology?

Jan 10

Thriving or Surviving: Making the Most of your Wages by Rodney Harrison

For those seeking to turn around a declining church, the challenge of paying the bills is often daunting.

Jan 8

Episode 074: FTC Mailbag

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz kick off the new year of the FTC Podcast with another installment in the FTC Mailbag feature.