As a church plant begins to mature, the church planter should preach less by sharing the pulpit more.
How do you keep church discipline from being weird and mean?
God always does as he pleases, in unmatched wisdom.
How do you keep theological training from becoming intellectualism?
Pastor, you aren't ready to preach until you can state what your sermon is about in one, clear sentence.
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.
What you do with that conviction is the difference between arrogance and humility, immaturity and maturity.
The home is a microcosm of the church. If a man can’t lead his home effectively, how will he lead a church?
What are some important considerations for evangelicals taking the stand for traditional marriage?
Sure, you know how to handle to text. But can people tell that you have been with Jesus?
The Christian life is a life of discipleship, from every angle.
What encouragements and cautions would you give Christians in thinking about food?
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?"
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.
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.
The sparkling reality of the Christian life is that God not only meets our needs but often far surpasses them.
Wise forgetfulness is the fruit of finding our identity in Jesus Christ.
How should pastors think about parenting kids growing up in the ministry fishbowl?
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.
While we might feel like we have more to do, we must rest in knowing that Christ’s work is done.
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.
The most beautiful beauty in this life is redemption, and redemption only comes through sacrifice.
Sometimes people have the mistaken idea that the gospel is something that is merely lived out before others, as in serving them.
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.
An interview with Jackie Hill Perry, whose new book Gay Girl, Good God releases today from B&H.
A checklist without a heart change is giving a corpse a facelift.
What encourages you about the younger generation?
We can’t look to the degrees on our wall or the title beside our name as evidence of qualification.
Pastor, you are justified by your faith, not by your church plant.
If we invest in others, even imperfectly, God will often multiply that investment more than we could imagine.
What should a new Christian who isn't being discipled do?
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.
John came to point, he came to bear witness about the light, Jesus Christ.
Upon receiving this gift of life, God indwells us by his Spirit, changing our behavior and outlook for the eternal future.
God’s call upon man delivers the grace necessary for the godliness needed.
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?"
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.
Carrying the consistent emotional weight of the various pains, fears, criticisms, suffering, and transitions of a congregation is a challenging vocation.
How is ministry in the South different than it was 10 years ago?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
We believe in and confess that his death has absorbed the Father’s just wrath and washed our sin away.
The standard of beauty is God—the interplay of his own unity, diversity, and harmony.
What kind of books should pastors read that they normally don’t?
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.
Sacrifice is the first act of true love for the church because this is how Christ loved the church.