Resources on Church

Sep 24, 2018

The Mission & Majesty of the Church

An Introduction to FTC18

by Staff

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

The Mission & Majesty of the Church: An Introduction to the FTC18 Conference

Apr 11, 2017

The Messy Blessing of Multi-Gen Groups by Jeremy Wilson

Blending age-groups in our ministries helps us accurately represent the diverse spiritual family that God has given us.

Dec 15, 2017

The Matter of Membership by Mallory Bierig

Formally belonging to a local body of believers is God’s idea and not just a tradition or practical organization tool. 

Jun 29, 2015

The Long-Term Consequences of Pragmatism in the Church by Jonathan Leeman

When one generation of Christians decides to downplay or relativize or pragmatize the local church, they just might find that the next generation no longer values the same gospel.

Jul 5, 2015

The Joy of Serving by Jim Fowler

The saying goes that church is not to be a "spectator sport" whereby we come, watch, grab our fill, and leave.  We are called to come and be a part of the life of the church, not watching from the sidelines, but getting involved.

Jun 12, 2019

The Greatest Gift to Your Pastor by Ryan Vinten

Like any good pastor, it vexed and frustrated him to see God’s sheep led astray on something so vital and yet so simple.

Dec 10, 2018

The Gospel According to the Fellowship Hall

Once apart from the church, now we have fellowship.

The gospel is God’s love made manifest, and the church is the gospel of God’s love made visible. 

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.​

Apr 30, 2015

The First Sunday in February by Dean Inserra

Thinking soberly about low church attendance.

Apr 12, 2017

The Exclusion of Christ by Jason Kees

The Lord knocks at their door in order to remind them of who they forgot.

Feb 28, 2019

The Circular Mission of the Church by Mike Ruel

Reflecting on my life reminds me that God truly works in mysterious ways. But I'm reminded that God also works in another, more primary way, that is, through the local church. 

Nov 4, 2017

The Church's Future

The Mission and Majesty of the Church | FTC Ames

Series: 2017 For The Church Ames Micro-Conference

Rechab Gray's message on "The Church's Future" delivered at the 2017 For The Church Micro-Conference at Ames, Iowa.

Sep 25, 2018

The Church Majestic

An FTC18 Sermon

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Jared C. Wilson's message on "The Church Majestic" delivered at the 2018 For The Church National Conference.

Jun 10, 2015

The Church is Full of Orphans by John Wohlgemuth

What happens when someone gets lost in the crowd of church? They feel more like a number than a family member.

Sep 24, 2018

The Church Invincible

An FTC18 Sermon

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

Dr. Jason K. Allen's message on "The Church Invincible" delivered at the 2018 For The Church National Conference.

May 4, 2015

The Church Exists for No Other Purpose by Staff

The Church exists for no other purpose but to draw men into Christ . . .

Sep 22, 2017

The Church Commute: Why Where You Live Matters by Bryan Elliff

Is our body life suffering because all of its parts live so far away?

Dec 2, 2018

The Beautiful Church by Charles Spurgeon

The Lord's admiration of his Church is very wonderful, and his description of her beauty is very glowing.

Feb 11, 2016

Thanking God for Denominational Arguments by Peyton Hill

Boy was I shocked when a classmate ran into a man from his church and told me, “Hey, I want to introduce you to an elder at my church.” Dumbfounded and ignorant I said, “Wait, I thought you were Baptist?!”

Feb 6, 2018

Teaching Church Discipline in a Church Plant by John Onwuchekwa

Matthew 18 is about winning your brother. That’s the goal. We want to see him turn and repent. We pursue the process to win our brother.

Nov 8, 2016

Sunday Isn't Enough by Joe Thorn

Sunday is a glorious day and marks not only our calendars but also our lives. Yet, Sunday is not enough. 

Aug 16, 2017

Sunday is End-Times Warfare by Peyton Hill

We don’t need a Left Behind novel to tell us where we stand in the context of redemptive history. 

Oct 30, 2018

Stewards of Our Stories by Mike Brooks

I don’t know of a person on Earth who doesn’t need to know what it feels like to be loved by God. Consequently, each week, with the Spirit’s help, we’re going to take our best shot at it.

Jul 15, 2019

Stewarding Volunteers by Dennis Garcia

Perhaps our lack of volunteers has less to do with our recruiting strategy and more to do with how we are stewarding our current volunteers.

Dec 11, 2018

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

Series: Conversations asks Steve Bezner, lead pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX, "How do you maintain a culture of community in a growing church?"

Nov 7, 2015

So You Want to Develop a Gospel-Centered Culture in Your Church... by Casey Lewis

The gospel must be what all of our ministries are based on, empowered by, and result from.

May 13, 2015

Small Talk(ing)

When the Word is Overshadowed by the Hype

The message from God’s Word is meant to be the centerpiece of a worship gathering. If there is more emphasis placed on creating an exciting environment or attractive event than on hearing from God, we’ve missed the mark.

Apr 24, 2015

Six Guardrails for Multisite Churches by John Mark Yeats

This isn't simply a "megachurch problem." The heart of the issue is found in congregations of 80 people as well as those with attendance in excess of 8,000. Many churches of all sizes struggle with this same issue: pastors who build a strong vision tied only to themselves leave congregations with significant challenges when the eventual change of leadership occurs. So what’s to be done?

Apr 23, 2019

Simple Suggestions for a Successful Church Business Meeting by J. Alan Branch

While business meetings can be a great cause for anxiety, they need not be. Here are a few ideas for avoiding acrimonious business meetings in a local church.

Apr 28, 2015

Shticky Church by J.A. Medders

The Church of the crucified and risen Lord Jesus is filled and fueled by resurrection power—so, why do we turn to gimmicks and get-growth-quick schemes?

Jul 22, 2016

Should Your Church Build a Bigger Building? by Jonathan Leeman

Big buildings seem wasteful, almost ungodly, to a certain segment of evangelicals these days.

Feb 26, 2016

Should We Have Black Churches or White Churches (or Cowboy Churches)?

Multicultural Glory in the Church

A cowboy church or a country music church may reach cowboys or country music lovers, but is this anything like what God intends to promote as the primary social implication of the cross? Does it depict real earth-side yearning for a future glorious church? We have diminished the meaning of the church by doing this.

Aug 12, 2019

Shepherding Your Staff by Steve Bezner

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

Aug 24, 2015

Seek Souls, Not Stats by Jared C. Wilson

Pastoral ministry is about souls, not stats. If your number of souls grows, fantastic. To God be the glory. Let’s just remember that we are responsible mainly for the care of the souls, not the accumulation of them.

Dec 22, 2015

Say The Right Thing by Mason King

People leave a church for many reasons. Some are good; some are less than good. Some members disappear without a trace, and others leave a tumultuous wake in their exit. As a pastor, these situations often leave me wishing I knew just what to say.

Oct 5, 2015

Safeguarding Against Abuse In the Church by Jared C. Wilson

It seems that every week brings more stories of abuse occurring on church premises. We are hearing about this more and more, and there should be no doubt that the problem is actually more prevalent than what we see reported. And quite often in retrospect these cases reveal not simply mistakes made but systemic dysfunctions in a church community and a church's discipleship culture.

Aug 7, 2018

Russell Moore on What is Encouraging About the Future of the Church

Series: Conversations asks Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, "What encourages you about the future of the church?"

Mar 29, 2019

Robby Gallaty on The Future of the Church by Staff

Series: Conversations

What encourages you about the future of the church?

Nov 21, 2018

Robby Gallaty on Discipleship and Church Growth by Staff

Series: Conversations

Does the process of discipleship change as a church grows?

Apr 27, 2016

Reformation or Revival? by Jim Elliff

Experience-driven revival is more like a flash flood than a mighty river. Heightened experience certainly leaves its mark, some of which may be good wherever it meets orthodoxy, but a reformational revival is a life-giving river which has continuing positive effects.

Aug 13, 2019

Putting the “Service” Back in Worship Service by Chad Ashby

Four basic ways we can use our Sundays to serve others, as opposed to just being served ourselves.​

Jun 21, 2019

Putting the “Service” Back in Worship Service by Chad Ashby

All of our obedience begins with listening to our God.

Aug 22, 2017

Pursuing Racial Reconciliation by Walking Down the Street by Nathan Loudin

Our churches aren’t more than 300 yards from each other. One is a white church. One is a black church.

Apr 4, 2017

Principles for Transitioning to Multiple Elders by Nathan Rose

Moving to a plurality of pastors is a good goal that is worth pursuing, but it’s important to not get in a rush.

Nov 16, 2016

Power of the Gospel by Darin Smith

Where is the power of the church today?

Jun 6, 2018

Pastor, Who Do You Represent? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Transfer growth is an inevitable part of church life. But sheep stealing jeopardizes church health. 

Oct 7, 2019

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.

Sep 20, 2015

Pastors Should Never Stand Alone by Jim Fowler

The dominant models in the church today tend to be those of "pastor as pope" or "pastor as pawn." Looking at Scripture, however, we see a better way . . .