You may or may not have reason for self-pity today. If you do, there is good reason to fight that impulse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
Why are older folks drawn to these kinds of shows? And what do those connections mean for ministry to older folks?
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.
When we talk about multiplication, we mean that churches have a process to discover, develop, and deploy church planting teams from the inside.
When you stand behind the sacred desk to preach, be a voice, not an echo.
Community is a costly business, but someone must pay the cost. Why not you? Why not me?
FTC.co asks Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference Publisher at Lifeway Christian Resources, "What keeps so many Christians from regularly studying the Bible?"
This week's links include resources on being freed from pride, Lottie Moon and singleness, being brought close, and the recent Houston Chronicle report.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
This is the lesson for us who want to do good, but don’t want to get our hands dirty.
This week's links include resources on myths about complementarianism, practicing the doctrine of justification, engaging emotion in preaching, and liturgies for youth.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
This week's links include resources on protecting teens from pornography, living to die, disappointment in ministry, and how to live post-Advent.
For most of us, "missions" isn’t at the forefront of Christmas considerations. Perhaps it should be.
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.
This week's links include resources on everyday work, skipping resolutions, welcoming those with eating disorders, and when our waiting will be over.
These were the 10 most-read posts at FTC over the last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We can leave the edges of our lives unreaped because we are confident in the generous provision of God.
This week's links include resources on loving your neighbor, hiring older church leaders, the effect of the curse, and misplaced compassion.
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.
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?"
This week's links include resources on boundaries in ministry, incarnation and work, routine Bible reading, and comforting suffering people.
The typical ways we view friendships, discipleship, and sanctification may be overlooking an important way God uses our relationships with others.
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.
FTC.co asks Michael Kelley, Director of Discipleship at Lifeway Christian Resources, "What are some mistakes we make in thinking about discipleship?"
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.
This week's links include resources on true beauty, Christianity without community, being alone during the holidays, and pastors visiting workplaces.
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.