Resources on Church

Jun 15, 2015

Christine Hoover on The Pastor's Wife, Part 2 by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

What are some important things for pastors’ wives to remember about congregations?

Jun 15, 2015

Christine Hoover on The Pastor's Wife, Part 1 by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

What are some important things for churches to remember about pastors’ wives?

Aug 2, 2019

Christine Hoover on Encouragement for Pastor's Wives by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

What is the one thing you would say to encourage the pastor’s wife?

Jun 20, 2015

Christian Community Happens In and Through Jesus by Casey Lewis

Only through His empowering are we able to live together in a way that honors Him.

Oct 1, 2019

Christ and the Church

An FTC19 Sermon

Series: 2019 For The Church National Conference

Tony Merida's message on "Christ and the Church" delivered at the 2019 For The Church National Conference.

Jan 23, 2019

Changing Churches: One Pastor’s Experience with Pastoral Transition by Jesse Benack

God’s Word was more than sufficient to guide us in our time of transition.

Apr 22, 2015

Building a Church Planting Culture in Your Church by Lane Harrison

Building a culture of church planting begins by making it personal to your people. When planting becomes personal, your people will pray for it, give to it, talk about it and celebrate it. These priorities will build a culture of planting in your church.

May 15, 2015

Beyond the Church Walls by Jeremy Rose

Pastors, explore the reasons for “why” and “what” and “how" of doing church with your people frequently. You may know the answers to the majority—if not all—of these questions, but that doesn't mean the people on mission with you do.

Jan 23, 2018

Being Available for Gospel Ministry by Mike Brooks

The ones we stand in the midst of on a Sunday morning are the flesh and blood set around us as a perpetual help in remembering the flesh torn and the blood shed for us.

Oct 12, 2015

Being a Multi-Generational Church

9 Lessons from the Pastoral Epistles

By God’s all-encompassing grace, fast-forward 5 years and there’s a bit more variety in style, coif, music, gender, and seasons of life at Maranatha.

Sep 5, 2016

Be Bold Enough to Follow The Truth As Far as It Takes You by Jared C. Wilson

Maybe Jesus is sifting out his churches that his Church might rise up.

Jan 10, 2018

Be Amazed This Sunday by Danny D'Acquisto

The church is not simply a man-made tool that we use to advance the cause of Christ; the church itself is central to the cause.

Nov 7, 2015

Battling Your Church's Budget Crisis by John Powell

I eventually came to accept the surreal fact that my church could be bankrupt in 4 years.

Jul 19, 2019

Barnabas Piper on Pastor's Kids and the Church by Staff

Series: Conversations

What do pastors’ kids wish their churches knew about them?

Oct 26, 2015

Attractional Church: All Bait, No Switch by Jared C. Wilson

When we lose the centrality of the gospel, we lose the ability to think straight.

Sep 18, 2017

A Tale of Choosing Between Two Churches by Steve Burchett

It put too much emphasis on one man’s speaking, and too little emphasis on the “one anothers” of Scripture, membership accountability, and careful shepherding of the flock.

Apr 27, 2017

Ask Good Questions on Sunday Morning by Ryan Higginbottom

Pray that the Holy Spirit would prompt others to take a risk and answer your inquiries honestly, even when it’s uncomfortable.

Mar 5, 2016

A Sample Statement on Regular Church Attendance by Garrett Kell

One church's example statement to help their community think biblically about regular church attendance.

Jul 12, 2019

Are Your Church Staff Meetings a Waste of Time? by David Prince

Attention is to be focused on the Lord, the true object of our service, not people pleasing. 

Jun 19, 2017

A Revival Without Christ at the Center is Not Revival by Jared C. Wilson

Revival given of the Spirit of the living God, places Christ always and ever at the center.

Aug 17, 2015

A Plea to Churches to Use Their Bibles by Jim Elliff

I’ll never forget my shock the first time I attended a Bible-less church . . .

Jun 1, 2015

A Personal Invitation to FTC at SBC by Staff

Midwestern Seminary President Jason K. Allen gives a brief overview of the upcoming FTC at SBC regional conference event. Register today.

Jun 24, 2016

An Unimaginative Tool for Church Growth by Erik Raymond

Sometimes as evangelicals we can be our own worst enemy.

Oct 7, 2016

An Apology to Christian Millennials by Steve Doss

I am sorry we didn’t tell you the Christian life is about being connected to the right root, Jesus, before you can bear the right fruit.

Feb 6

A Love for God Leads to Joy in His Church

How Theology Affects Church Membership

The people we encounter in the church may not necessarily be the people we would have chosen for ourselves. But they are the people we need.

Sep 28, 2018

A Look Back: The Mission & Majesty of the Church

FTC18 Recap Video

by Staff

Series: 2018 For The Church Conference

The Mission & Majesty of the Church: FTC18 Recap Video

Jun 3, 2015

All His Breakers and His Waves

On One Church's Suffering and Stubborn Faith

I would say that the chief thing I learned during my relatively short ministry time in Vermont was how to pastor a suffering church. But we learned that God is sweet and gracious and what it actually means for the death of his saints to be precious to him.

Sep 23, 2016

A Lesson from Martin Luther to Modern Day Reformers by Ian Conrey

For those of us who see this need, it is wise to pause and make sure we aren't doing the right thing in the wrong way. 

Oct 10, 2016

A Gospeled Church by Jared C. Wilson

You cannot grow in holiness and holier-than-thou-ness at the same time.

Nov 10, 2017

A Generation Integration Invitation by Brandon Keel

If generational reconciliation is a manifestation of the gospel's power, church ministries should be built on a much firmer foundation than the convenience of age-segregation alone. 

Jul 13, 2017

A Church Where Everyone Can Grow by David McLemore

Learning about God isn't easy on our own; it works best inside the community of faith.

Mar 9, 2018

A Biblical Theology of Church Discipline by Bobby Jamieson

God disciplines his people so that they learn not to rely on themselves and run after other gods, but to seek all and find all in him.

Jan 12, 2016

9 Unintended Benefits of Small Group Life by Ben Reed

Healthy small groups teach us more than they often set out to teach.

Jun 26, 2015

9 Truths Nobody Told You About Small Groups by Ben Reed

I don’t know what the hook was that got you “in,” but that won’t be the hook that gets you to stay. Allow me to tell you what nobody else told you when you signed up.

Jan 16

7 Ways to Protect and Pass On the Gospel by Nathan Rose

When you join a local church, you’re committing to helping other covenant members faithfully follow Jesus. 

Jul 12, 2016

7 Theological Issues Confronting the Local Church by Jason K. Allen

There is something far worse than not having a crisis to engage. It is having a crisis but not engaging it. Faithfulness in our generation requires the church, and the pastors that lead it, to do our duty of preserving the faith and supporting the church. 

Sep 4, 2015

7 Suggestions For Responding to Criticism by Jared Bumpers

According to James, our tongues are small but powerful firemakers and untamable beasts. They are capable of great danger, and we must pursue maturity and seek to avoid stumbling with our words.

Nov 5, 2015

7 Reasons Not To Skip Church by Garrett Kell

Faithful church attendance does not earn salvation, nor does it act as a measure to rate spiritual greatness over and against other people. It does, however, reflect a growing commitment to the gospel, the good of the church community, and spiritual health.

Mar 14, 2016

7 Lies You've Been Telling Yourself About Church by Kristen Wetherell

Here are seven lies that you may also have encountered, whether personally or from other people, about church . . .

Aug 12, 2015

6 Traits of Authentic Christian Community by Mike Ayers

People want to be a part of something God-sized.

Sep 14, 2017

6 Marks of Gospel-Centered Unity by Darin Smith

Gospel-centered unity acknowledges that the church belongs to God, not men, and reflects the churches submission to God’s authority.

Jun 11, 2015

5 Ways to Keep Church Discipline from Seeming Weird by Jared C. Wilson

To mention the idea of a church disciplining its members strikes tenderhearted and naive Christians as weird, mean, and legalistic. So how do we work at keeping the biblical admonition to church discipline from seeming weird?

Jan 3, 2019

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.  

May 26, 2017

5 Things to Look For In a Church by Justin Huffman

Don’t just look for a church that is like the churches you have already been acquainted with.

Jan 9, 2017

5 Things The Seeker Movement Got Right by Jared C. Wilson

In the spirit of charity, seeking to identify some good gifts the seeker church of yesteryear has given contemporary evangelicalism

May 30, 2015

5 Spiritual Dangers of Skipping Church by Nathan Rose

Is skipping church whenever we feel like really no big deal?

Oct 18, 2015

5 Reasons to Join a Local Church by Darin Smith

I’ve got a personal relationship with Jesus. I spend daily, personal, and private time with the triune God in prayer, petition, study, worship, confession, etc. So why do I need to join a local church?

May 4, 2015

5 Reasons There Are No Millennials in Your Church by Chris Martin

In the end, reaching Millennials is about understanding them and being willing to participate in their world. It takes conscious decisions; you’re not going to accidentally attract them.

Feb 20

5 Reasons Pastors Ought to Pray for Slow Growth by Aaron Menikoff

It’s easy to be discouraged when you see a tiny trickle of people coming into your congregation. But if that trickle is good, solid growth, it’s much more likely to be growth that lasts.

Jul 24, 2015

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Leaving Your Church by Sean Lillis

The bad reasons for leaving a church are many, but they all share one thing in common—they are born out of the error of thinking that the church exists primarily for me.