Resources by Theme: Practical

Feb 21

3 Reasons to Fight Self-Pity by Michael Kelley

You may or may not have reason for self-pity today. If you do, there is good reason to fight that impulse.

Feb 21

Open-Door Discipleship by Kyle Rapinchuk

I don’t think we can accomplish the goal of discipleship in the 21st century without demonstrating that we are willing to invite others into our mess, to hopefully show them that our mess is a Christ-centered and redemptive mess.

Feb 21

10 Things to Know About Ministry Among the Poor by Mez McConnell

The poor in our cities are not going to be won by a group of timid men and women in a committee meeting; they will be won by those who dream big and trust in the absolute sovereignty of God to get things done.

Feb 19

Refuting the Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by Matt Carter

If you’ll do these things, you’ll continue to grow as a leader in health and effectiveness, and your organization will grow right along with you.​

Feb 19

Equip Your People to Counsel Each Other by Ed Welch

This lay ministry is an extraordinary happening. No longer do people need a special—though temporary—anointing to offer a prophetic word of direction and wisdom.​

Feb 19

Nathan Rose on What Average Churchgoers May Not Realize About Their Pastor by Nathan Rose

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, Lead Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, Missouri: "What’s something about being a pastor the average churchgoer doesn’t understand?​"

Feb 18

What the Popularity of 'NCIS' and 'Blue Bloods' Tells Us About Ministering to Senior Adults by Jared C. Wilson

Why are older folks drawn to these kinds of shows? And what do those connections mean for ministry to older folks?

Feb 18

Links For The Church (2/18) by Staff

This week's links include resources include being slow to speak, atypical women, misunderstanding the Trinity, materialism, compensating your pastor, and being a second wife. 

Feb 14

Turning the Corner on Effective Church Planting (Part 2) by Charles Campbell

When we talk about multiplication, we mean that churches have a process to discover, develop, and deploy church planting teams from the inside. ​​

Feb 14

So, Do You Write Your Own Sermons? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

When you stand behind the sacred desk to preach, be a voice, not an echo.

Feb 12

Community is a Costly Business by David McLemore

Community is a costly business, but someone must pay the cost. Why not you? Why not me?

Feb 12

Trevin Wax on What Keeps Many Christians From Studying The Bible

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference Publisher at Lifeway Christian Resources, "What keeps so many Christians from regularly studying the Bible?"

Feb 11

Links For The Church (2/11) by Staff

This week's links include resources on being freed from pride, Lottie Moon and singleness, being brought close, and the recent Houston Chronicle report. 

Feb 7

Turning the Corner on Effective Church Planting (Part 1) by Charles Campbell

As a denomination, my tribe has a history that is a mixed bag when it comes to how churches get planted and the effectiveness of those plants. I believe we are turning a corner with our approach.

Feb 7

5 Reasons Why I Enjoy Reading Biographies by Jason K. Allen

In the spirit of Hebrews 11, reading good biographies summons forth a veritable chorus of cheers, encouraging us to lay aside every encumbrance and sin that so easily entangles us and to run with endurance the race set before us.

Feb 7

Clint Pressley on Building Camaraderie Among Church Staff Members

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Clint Pressley, Lead Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, "What are some ways to build camaraderie among church staff?"

Feb 5

Womb, or Death Chamber? by Ben Gum

The womb should be more like a blossoming garden than a cold cell at Auschwitz. Those who use this law as occasion for murderous convenience will not go unnoticed by the Lord.

Feb 4

Links For The Church (2/4) by Staff

This week's links include resources on ease as the new vice, attractive qualities in a leader, what Christ will never say to us, and congregational singing. 

Jan 28

Links For The Church (1/28) by Staff

This week's links include resources on self-control and the leader, churches at a tipping point, pain and planting churches, and being in the margins. 

Jan 22

Don't Just Meet Someone's Needs by Michael Kelley

This is the lesson for us who want to do good, but don’t want to get our hands dirty.

Jan 21

Links For The Church by Staff

This week's links include resources on myths about complementarianism, practicing the doctrine of justification, engaging emotion in preaching, and liturgies for youth.

Jan 17

Inspiration From a Bible Translator Whose Work Was Offensive by Steve Burchett

We cannot make someone experience conviction—that’s the work of the Holy Spirit. But we can cooperate with the Holy Spirit not only by proclaiming the gospel, but also by simply reading the Bible.

Jan 15

The Debt We Owe to the Past

11 Lessons from a Legacy of Faithful Ministry

My dad often told me, “The debt we owe to the past is to leave the future indebted to us.” Here are 11 things I learned from my dad and grandfather that have sustained me for the last 65 years in ministry.

Jan 15

Robby Gallaty on Why Pastors Should Practice Text-Driven Preaching

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Robby Gallaty, Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN, "What is text-driven preaching and why should pastors practice it?"

Jan 14

Links For The Church (1/14) by Staff

This week's links include resources on loving a prodigal child, on losing mom and the church, union with Christ, foster care, and men serving in kids ministry.

Jan 10

How to Forge a Friendship by David McLemore

Real friends are candid and give counsel, but their love keeps it from being reckless. Real friends are careful with one another. They don’t want to push you away; they want to bring you nearer to themselves and to Jesus.

Jan 8

Life Together Because We are Joined Together by Godwin Sathianathan

When we become Christians, we move from an “I” to a “We.” Therefore, the local church is a single, spiritual entity – an entity that ought to think and act corporately.

Jan 8

Why Pastors Should Engage Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by Edward W. Klink III

The wise pastor will become familiar with New Testament hyperlinks to the Old Testament and learn to move between anchor texts and their targets so as to rightly divide the Word of truth.​

Jan 8

Jeff Medders on How Ministry in the Bible Belt Has Changed in the Last 10 Years by J.A. Medders

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, Texas, "How has ministry in the Bible Belt changed over the last 10 years?"​

Jan 7

Why Christian Movies Are So Terrible by Jared C. Wilson

Every now and again some well-meaning brother or sister will say to me, "This one's different. You gotta see it. It's not like the others." And then it is. It painfully, painfully is. 

Jan 7

Links For The Church (1/7) by Staff

This week's links include resources on protecting teens from pornography, living to die, disappointment in ministry, and how to live post-Advent. 

Jan 3

Jesus, the First Missionary by Caleb Brasher

For most of us, "missions" isn’t at the forefront of Christmas considerations. Perhaps it should be.

Jan 3

5 Tools Every Rural Church Needs by Luke Holmes

Pastoring is a challenge no matter the size of the community, but having the right set of tools can make the job a little easier.  

Dec 31, 2018

Links For The Church (12/31) by Staff

This week's links include resources on everyday work, skipping resolutions, welcoming those with eating disorders, and when our waiting will be over. 

Dec 28, 2018

The 10 Most-Read Posts of 2018 by Staff

These were the 10 most-read posts at FTC over the last year.

Dec 27, 2018

The Primacy of the Master of Divinity Degree by Jason K. Allen

Ministry is increasingly complex. We live in a zany world. The culture is imploding, ethical quandaries abound, our church members need, and will need, more from their ministers, not less.

Dec 27, 2018

The Goal and Purpose of Ministry Within the Local Church by Casey Lewis

It’s a tall order, but our job as the church is to help one another become like Christ in our thoughts, actions, and knowledge.​

Dec 24, 2018

Links For The Church (12/24) by Staff

This week's links include resources on the mega-joy of Christmas, when you're weary at Christmas, kids and new phones, and a Christmas carol for the weak. 

Dec 20, 2018

How Churches Can Help Women Study God's Word by Kristen Wetherell

For many churches, a lack of equipping their women to love and study Scripture is a result of a lack of conviction about Scripture itself.​

Dec 18, 2018

Don't Reap to the Edge of Your Field by Michael Kelley

We can leave the edges of our lives unreaped because we are confident in the generous provision of God.

Dec 17, 2018

Links For The Church (12/17) by Staff

This week's links include resources on loving your neighbor, hiring older church leaders, the effect of the curse, and misplaced compassion. 

Dec 13, 2018

Christmas Teaches Us That Virtual Reality Church is No Gift by Adam York

While there are areas where the digital can be helpful, the Gospel and the church will always point to its cornerstone and head, Jesus Christ, who took on flesh and dwelt among us.​

Dec 11, 2018

Steve Bezner on Maintaining a Culture of Community Within a Growing Church by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, lead pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX, "How do you maintain a culture of community in a growing church?"

Dec 10, 2018

Links For The Church (12/5) by Staff

This week's links include resources on boundaries in ministry, incarnation and work, routine Bible reading, and comforting suffering people.

Dec 6, 2018

Sanctification Through Our Passive Friendships by Mike Ruel

The typical ways we view friendships, discipleship, and sanctification may be overlooking an important way God uses our relationships with others.

Dec 6, 2018

3 Lies the Church Believes About Singleness by Jordan Wilbanks

While singleness may, at times, be a function of cultural shifts and an extended adolescence among some adults, no single person remains single outside of the sovereignty—and goodness—of God.

Dec 4, 2018

Michael Kelley on Mistakes We Make When Thinking About Discipleship by Michael Kelley

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Michael Kelley, Director of Discipleship at Lifeway Christian Resources, "What are some mistakes we make in thinking about discipleship?"

Dec 4, 2018

Parents, Your Tiredness is an Opportunity by Kristen Wetherell

Parents, when you’re so tired you can barely function, consider this a chance to enjoy the privilege of friendship, family, and fellowship in the body of Christ.

Dec 3, 2018

Links For The Church (12/3) by Staff

This week's links include resources on true beauty, Christianity without community, being alone during the holidays, and pastors visiting workplaces. 

Nov 29, 2018

3 Reasons the Bible Pays So Little Attention to Your Feelings by Michael Kelley

Friends, none of us feels exactly what we ought to feel. But thank God we have a Bible that tells us the truth even if we can’t do the same thing for ourselves.