Resources on Church

Oct 7, 2019

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!

Jun 17, 2019

What's Your Church Sign For?

3 Things to Do -- and Not to Do -- with Your Roadside Message

Here are three all-too-common approaches to sign messages I think churches ought to avoid . . .

Apr 4, 2014

What's Wrong With Producing a "Worship Experience"? by Jared C. Wilson

"The only thing of value the church has to offer is the gospel."

May 5, 2015

What Small Churches Can Do, Part Two by Joe Thorn

Two things smaller churches can do is opt out of a couple of things they often end up doing that they shouldn't.

May 15, 2015

What Small Churches Can Do, Part Three by Joe Thorn

Smaller churches are no less hindered from doing what God has called his people to do than are larger churches. Having more people does not maker it easier.

Apr 27, 2015

What Small Churches Can Do, Part One by Joe Thorn

As I have seen several churches in my area continue to dwindle in size I have watched the leadership of many of these churches settle into into one of three dangerous mentalities . . .

May 22, 2015

What Small Churches Can Do, Part Four by Joe Thorn

My wife and I once attended a small church that had no worship leader. No choir. No instruments. No overhead projection. No cool lights. The building was plain-Jane. Yet their gathering was powerful. Why?

Feb 7, 2017

What's Left When a Church Closes by Luke Holmes

The danger of focusing on things over people is that we might actually get what we want. 

Mar 11, 2016

What Should You Look for in a Church? by Jim Elliff

It's just this simple: a church is a good church only if it pursues what its Head desires.

Dec 3, 2019

What Should I Think About During the Lord’s Supper? by Erik Raymond

How should you take communion? I’m not talking about the form of being served, but what should be going on in our hearts and minds as we partake?

Jun 27, 2015

What NASCAR Taught Me About Church by Jeff Crawford

As I was watching Speedweek’s events, particularly the qualifying duels on the Thursday before the 500, I learned something about, of all things, the church.

Apr 20, 2016

'What Do People Want?' is The Wrong Question by Greg Spires

Trying to figure out what people want will always lead to ministry that is opposed to gospel centered ministry

Apr 22, 2015

What Does It Mean to be "For The Church?" by Jared C. Wilson

There are lots of websites that exist for the church. This is what it means for us to be For The Church . . .

Aug 15, 2017

What Church Revitalization Really Means by Luke Holmes

When it comes to revitalization, it's more difficult to help people change than it is to change the curtains. But the hard work is worth it.

May 16, 2018

What Church Discipline Taught Me About Our Church by Skylar Spradlin

We needed to hold up the honor of Christ and the standard of repentant holiness while also showing love and patience to the wayward members.

Nov 19, 2018

What Can You Do To Get In The Game? by Casey Lewis

We experience salvation and a relationship with God today because Jesus was selfless. 

Nov 19, 2019

We Need to Help New Converts from Non-Christian Backgrounds Honor Their Families by Ajith Fernando

In short, it’s vital for older Christians to talk often with new Christians, making sure that in following Christ, they haven’t unduly harmed their relationship with their family.

Sep 30, 2014

We Need Christian Community by Casey Lewis

When I was in high school and college, I used to work out all the time. I went to the gym four times a week and I would work out for a couple of hours each time I went. To help with my workouts, I read books and magazines. I took supplements. I charted my workouts writing down how much weight I was lifting and how many reps I was…

Oct 9, 2018

We Don't Need to Go Back to the Early Church by J.A. Medders

The only perfect church, filled with non-problematic people is in Heaven. Be faithful in the present without wishing for the past.

Oct 4, 2015

We Are 'They' by Jason Alligood

The task before the leadership is to disciple these dear people in their understanding that in fact, “we are they.”

Sep 14, 2016

We Are Not In Competition

Lessons of a Universal Scoreboard

 Let’s aim for a universal scoreboard. And give God glory that we get to play in the Games at all. 

Mar 12, 2018

#WeAreForTheChurch by Staff

Join the hashtag. Join the movement.

Nov 11, 2016

Walk in the Light by Jared C. Wilson

Whole relationships carry on in the dark sometimes, especially in churches, where everyone is in relationship with everybody's projected version of themselves, with facades.

Jun 14, 2015

Troubleshooting Division in the Church by Casey Lewis

I believe our sinful desire for power, control, and praise are at the root of most church divisions.

Apr 5, 2019

Trevin Wax on The Future of The Church by Staff

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the future of the church?

Dec 21, 2018

Trevin Wax on The Future of the Church by Staff

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the future of the church?

Oct 2, 2017

Too Big Not To Fail by Jared C. Wilson

We think bigness is the way. We think bigness solves lots of problems. We think bigness is safety. We think we can get too big to fail. But it's the other way around.

Mar 30, 2016

To Know and Be Known by Jason Alligood

We need to be truthful to those in our church community, so that they can come along side of us and help. We need this because we all are redeemed, yet struggling sinners.

Jan 2

Three Ways to Safeguard Regenerate Church Membership by Allen Nelson

It’s disheartening that so many people are listed on a church roll somewhere but not actually attending.

Nov 27, 2019

Three Characteristics of Healthy Church Discipline by Sam Parkison

The only kind of soil in which church discipline can properly grow is communal love.

Apr 24, 2015

The Transformation the Church Needs by Staff

"If there is to be a renewal, it will be a renewal that grows out of the blazing center that is the glory of God in the face of Christ."

Aug 16, 2015

The Three Generosities of a Local Church by Jared C. Wilson

A gospel-centered church will grow into a kingdom-mindedness that is a constant reminder that no local church owns anybody and that what is best for every local church is whatever is best for the expansion of the gospel and worship of Christ.

Feb 23, 2016

The Thing About Old People by Steve Bezner

If there is one common question I receive from young or new pastors, it is this: How do I lead the senior adults in my church?

Jun 14, 2016

The SBC and The 21st Century

Reflection, Renewal, and Recommitment

by Staff

The Southern Baptist Convention is currently facing issues that challenge its identity, heritage, and future. In The SBC and the 21st Century, key leaders—including Jason Allen, Frank Page, Ronnie Floyd, Thom Rainer, Albert Mohler, Paige Patterson, David Platt, and Danny Akin—address these issues.
 

Sep 5, 2019

The SBC and Fighting in Our Own Frontiers by Jonathon Woodyard

We should think more carefully about how we conduct our family affairs, including our fights. We need to think about these issues for the good of our churches, the future of our convention, the joy of all (watching) peoples, and the glory of our King.

May 15, 2015

The Rural Church Dilemma by Jim Elliff

What happens when the young seminarian or college ministerial student takes his first churches in these areas? And what should the committed rural pastor think about his church’s future?

Jul 7, 2015

The Road Not Taken by Jonathan Elliff

I believe we are in an age where pastors and churchgoers alike are at a fork in the road when it comes to the kind of pastor they will be and what kind of church they will serve.  And it boils down to a choice between the well-worn road and the road less traveled.

Sep 30, 2015

The Reputation of Your Church by Jason Alligood

Pastor, what do you desire your church to be known for?

Nov 20, 2017

The 'Religious People' Boogeyman by Jared C. Wilson

"I thank you God that I'm not like those religious people."

Oct 21, 2015

The Prodigal Church

A Gentle Manifesto Against The Status Quo

by Staff

In his new book The Prodigal Church, FTC Managing Editor Jared C. Wilson presents "a gentle manifesto against the status quo," urging the church to rethink some of its more recent traditions and re-center on the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jan 31, 2019

The Necessity of the Local Church (Part 3)

Metaphors, Commands, and Plural Pronouns

The idea of the professing Christian living in isolation from the local church is quite foreign to the New Testament.

Jan 24, 2019

The Necessity of the Local Church (Part 2)

The Inseparability of the Local Church from the New Testament

There is no “being the church” apart from “going to church.” The two are intrinsically connected.  ​

Jan 17, 2019

The Necessity of the Local Church (Part 1)

The Promise of the Local Church

The New Testament is saturated with the local church. Trying to understand these 27 books apart from the local church is like playing baseball without the bases. You may be able to recognize the sport, but the path to winning has been eliminated.

Jul 3, 2019

The Most Radical Mission For Christians May Be The Most Mundane by Brett McCracken

Mission isn’t just something made possible by a passport or a seminary degree. It’s a paradigm which should inform everything we do

Apr 14, 2017

The Most Important People In The Body Of Christ Are Probably Not On Twitter by Daniel Darling

Simple math tells us that it is faithful, ordinary, anonymous lay people who make up the vast majority of the churches around the world.

Jul 5, 2018

The Most Comfortable Place on Earth by C. J. Moore

One day, Christian, “getting out of your comfort zone” will no longer be required. It won’t even be a possibility!

Nov 1, 2018

The Mission of Jesus in Homes by Jared Musgrove

Jesus’ ministry in homes was a ministry of love. Such love in the most private of places was a most potent apologetic to an unbelieving world. It still is.