Resources by Theme: Pastoral

Oct 18

Steve Bezner On Maintaining A Culture Of Community by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

How do you maintain a culture of community in a growing church?

Oct 17

Brothers, We Are Not Talking Heads by Erik Raymond

Dear brother pastors, why have we become so compelled to let everyone know what we think about so many issues peripheral to our calling?

Oct 16

Episode 068: Legalistic About Gospel-Centrality?

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

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.

Oct 16

Whatever Happened to "Surrendering to Ministry"? by Jason K. Allen

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.

Oct 16

Dear New Seminary Student by Jason Kees

Separating vocational ministry from academic ministry is something I would encourage you to avoid. 

Oct 15

Adam McClendon on How Pastoral Counseling Relates to Discipleship by Adam McClendon

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Adam McClendon, Director of the D.Min. Program at Liberty University, "How does pastoral counseling relate to discipleship?"

Oct 14

Six Lessons I've Learned In One Year Of Pastoral Ministry by Jesse Randolph

Pastors have a weighty calling. It is a calling that carries with it lasting and eternal consequences. 

Oct 11

Won Kwak on New Christians & Their Churches by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

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

Oct 10

Clint Pressley on Mistakes Beginning Pastors Make by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, "What are some common mistakes beginning pastors make?"

Oct 9

The Missionary and His Gospel by Alex Kocman

We cannot afford to have Christ on our lips without Christ in our hearts. 

Oct 8

How to Encourage Your People Just Like the Apostle Paul by Matthew Fletcher

Who in your congregation would welcome a note from their pastor today?

Oct 7

Pastor: What To Do When Members Leave Your Church by Bryan Pain

Ask God to renew and restore the joy of His salvation and His calling to ministry.

Oct 7

What the People of God Will Be (and Are!)

Reflections on Psalm 48

Psalm 48 as a portrait of a gospel-centered church is an incredible song for reflection!

Oct 4

Michael Kelley on Churches and Discipleship by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

What do too many churches get wrong about discipleship?

Oct 2

Episode 067: Tim Challies on 'Gospely' Everything

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

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.

Oct 1

Christ and Courage

An FTC19 Sermon

Series: 2019 For The Church National Conference

Crawford Loritts's message on "Christ and Courage" delivered at the 2019 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 27

Nathan Rose on Church Replanting by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

What have you learned are the advantages of a church re-plant over planting a new work?

Sep 26

Won Kwak on When to Stop Counseling Someone by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Won Kwak, Lead Pastor of Maranatha Church in Fort Lee, NJ: "How do you know when to stop counseling someone?"​

Sep 25

Unforeseen Benefits of Expository Preaching by Skylar Spradlin

We are a people who want to walk through and consider every verse of Scripture.

Sep 24

Five Encouragements for Pastors Intimidated by Biblical Counseling by Edward T. Welch

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.

Sep 20

Trillia Newbell on Parenting and Idolatry by Trillia Newbell

Series: Conversations

How do we love our kids without making them into idols?

Sep 18

Episode 066: Pastors and Evangelism

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

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.

Sep 17

Leadership in the Valley of Vision by Chad Williams

I need to be reminded that a vision of God is greater, more important, than any vision I could ever create and cast

Sep 13

Carl Trueman, the Osteens & the Quest for Evangelical Identity by Jason K. Allen

The most helpful response is not just to give the Osteen’s a well-deserved rebuke.

Sep 13

Clint Pressley on Training Men in Ministry by Clint Pressley

Series: Conversations

What are some important components in training men for ministry?

Sep 12

Steve Bezner on Pastors Leading Through Conflict by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor at Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX: "What should pastors remember when leading through times of conflict?"

Sep 11

Dreaming Dreams and Taking Risks by David McLemore

God has entrusted each of us with talent. 

Sep 11

Working Together as a Global Body: How to (Re)Engage National Churches by Matt Bennett & C.M. Watkins

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. 

Sep 6

Dean Inserra on Contextualizing Without Compromise by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

What are some important guardrails for a preacher to help him contextualize without compromise?

Sep 5

7 Questions to Answer Before Your Next Sermon by Jason K. Allen

I can overlook an essential element to the preaching process if I don’t intentionally pause and reflect upon the task at hand. These seven questions help me do just that.

Sep 4

Once Abused by the Church, Now I Love the Church by Patti Withers

Christ is the head of the church, and he has given the church and its leadership as gifts to all believers, including me. 

Aug 30

Won Kwak on Throwing In The Towel As A Pastor by Won S. Kwak

Series: Conversations

When are you most tempted to throw in the towel as a pastor?

Aug 30

The Tales of Our Time: An Examination of Storytelling in Christianity by Jada Ford

A Christian writer should develop his or her craft so that a story is created so beautifully that it rivals the hopeless fiction that runs in abundance today. 

Aug 29

Preacher, Study the Text—But Also Study Your People by Sean DeMars

How can I help this member see and savor Jesus Christ? 

Aug 27

Steve Bezner on Who Has Influenced His Preaching the Most by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, Texas: "Who has influenced your preaching the most?"

Aug 23

Student Ministry as Mission Agency by Micah Hayes

I have come to firmly believe that student ministries are uniquely positioned to be mission sending agencies within the local church.

Aug 23

Mark Dever on Contextualization in Preaching by Mark Dever

Series: Conversations

How important is contextualization in preaching and teaching?

Aug 22

4 Lies That Cause Pastors to Neglect Their Families by Jaime Owens

At the front door of pastoral ministry, we find that if a pastor isn’t a family man, he’s not a churchman.

Aug 21

Episode 064: Changing the Culture of Your Church

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

On this episode of the For The Church Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz offer some rough notes on navigating the pastoral challenges involved in "changing the DNA" of your church culture.

Aug 21

The Nursery Should Net Positive by Sean Stone

Actively praying for the children and begging the Lord to save these little ones is not a small request.

Aug 21

When I First Confronted Religious Pluralism by Jason K. Allen

Believing, teaching, and defending the truth should be a priority for every Christian.

Aug 19

How To Be Lonely (To The Glory Of God) by Cole Deike

No matter how severe our loneliness might be, it can never surpass the loneliness of Christ crucified.

Aug 16

H.B. Charles Jr. On The Church and the 21st Century by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Aug 12

Shepherding Through Hostility

Pastoral Reflections on Ecclesiastes 7

You may feel “all is meaningless.” Especially when you are ministering in the midst of conflict, division, unfair or undue criticism, or even hostility.

Aug 12

Shepherding Your Staff by Steve Bezner

Work to embed spiritual growth and vitality into your staff gatherings. 

Aug 9

Why I’m Committed to Expository Preaching (Part I) by Jason K. Allen

A conviction worth holding is a conviction worth defending and advocating.

Aug 9

Dean Inserra on Creativity in Worship by Dean Inserra

Series: Conversations

How do you adorn the gospel with creative elements in worship without hindering it?

Aug 8

Jared C. Wilson on Advice for New Pastors Who Want to Quit by Jared C. Wilson

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jared C. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Spurgeon College and Writer-in-Residence at Midwestern Seminary, what advice he would give a new pastor who already wants to quit.

Aug 7

Episode 063: For The Church Mailbag

For the Church Podcast

A Resource for the Church from Midwestern Seminary

Pastors and the upcoming election; young pastors among established staff; bivocational priorities; what to expect of teenagers in the church; Josh Harris's announcements.

Aug 7

A Missionary Reflection on Paul’s Letter to Titus by D. Elliot

Paul was able to continue to minister in established fields as well as pioneer new fields largely because his missionary team continued to grow and expand.