Resources on Leadership

Sep 6

Your Church's Leadership Structure May Not Be the Problem by Mike Ayers

Since the mission of the Church universal is to make disciples of all nations, any church structure should lead to the life transformation of those for whom Christ died.

Sep 18

You Need To Lead Your Home Before You Can Lead a Church by Dave Harvey

The home is a microcosm of the church. If a man can’t lead his home effectively, how will he lead a church?

Jul 11, 2017

Why Ministers Should Learn to Write Well by Steven Thompson

Both verbal and written communication are important because of the significance of the message we are conveying.

Nov 10, 2016

When Leaders Implode (Part One) by Dave Harvey

When leaders fail, the entire culture of the church is soaked. And only the gospel is sturdy enough to push back the torrent of consequences splashed over her.

Oct 18, 2016

What is Your Vision for This Church? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Do not forget that you are not a CEO of a corporation. You are the pastor of a congregation.

Jul 12, 2016

What is the Ideal Pastor’s Personality?

We ask Dr. Andrew Hebert, "What is the ideal pastor’s personality?"

Jul 25, 2017

Two Views a Pastor Must Have by Casey Lewis

The man called to leadership within the church must see himself as overseeer and view his calling as a high calling that requires sacrifice and passion for the task.

Jun 21, 2015

Training Up Leaders by Jeremy Writebol

I have learned that “growing a garden” is one of the most enjoyable and fruitful things that you can do in ministry. In fact, I might be so bold as to say that unless you are working to train up and develop leaders in your church plant you probably aren’t being faithful to the biblical calling you have as a pastor or church planter.

Jun 30, 2016

The Worth of Waiting: A Word to Aspiring Elders by Johnny Antle

In waiting for noble things in this life, we should be reminded that we wait for One whose nobility far exceeds everything on earth in every respect.

May 23, 2016

The Stewardship of Power by Mike Ayers

Power is a stewardship on loan from God to be used for his glory and for the good of others.

Jan 14, 2016

The Slippery Slope of Vision Salesmanship

Casting Vision Without Feeling Icky

I wanted to find a way to lead my church to do the things the Bible commanded us to do, but I wanted to stay away from embracing behaviors that were too forced, too pushy, too…icky. Which led me to some guiding practices. I’ve used this over the last six years, and they have helped me be faithful in leading our church without compromising my integrity.

Jun 16, 2017

The Routine Absurdity of Leaders Growing Large (Part 2) by Dave Harvey

God loves us so much that he will push us off the altar of our accomplishments. 

Jun 9, 2017

The Routine Absurdity of Leaders Growing Large (Part 1) by Dave Harvey

When I can’t hear the gospel, my role grows large, my expectations swell and my mind visits some strange places and absurd ideas.

Jul 24

The Pastor's Wounded Back by Gabe Posey

The humility of Christ calls us to let His loaned power rest in our hands, but never to close our fists around it.

May 28, 2015

The Faith Walk of Leadership by Mike Ayers

It is not enough to do God’s will. Leaders must do God’s will God’s way.

Apr 25, 2015

The Essential Element of Christian Leadership by Jimmy Draper

The lack of certainty of a divine call to the ministry is one of the main reasons why approximately one-half of seminary students leave the ministry within 5 years after leaving the seminary. Without the assurance of God’s call on your life you will not make it in ministry. But while the ministry is a terrible vocation, it is a wonderful calling.

Sep 20

The Day I Blew Up the Children’s Ministry Meeting

A Lesson on Submission

The day after, everyone had cooled off a bit. I stepped into my mentor's office not knowing I was about to learn a lesson I would never forget.

May 10

The Busy Critic and the Simple Church by Mike Leake

Many churches are pursuing a bit more "simple church." We’ve gotten the memo that activity does not equal godliness.

May 17, 2016

Sure Signs of Bad Leadership by Dayton Hartman

A few sure signs your leadership is trending downward.

Sep 6, 2016

Stricter Judgement for the Justified Pastor by Sam Parkison

The pastor is saved by the same gospel message he proclaims to his flock, but the nature of his calling invites a stricter judgement.

Apr 26, 2015

Stewardship, Not Ownership by Mike Ayers

When we believe that the things we possess are actually ours or exist because of us, they begin to control and define us rather than the other way around.

Jun 5

Sometimes, Passivity Is Prideful by Kyle Gregory

The elder who shies away from exercising oversight does the church a disservice just like the authoritarian elder who rules with an ungodly dominance.

Apr 27, 2015

Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars in the Church by Charles Smith

Are you a leader who wants to unify your church and dismantle the silos, politics, and turf wars that frustrate real ministry and mission? Then labor to help your people see beyond their own cardboard kingdoms and embrace the greater kingdom of God.

May 13, 2015

Sanctification and Leadership by Mike Ayers

Sanctified leaders say to God, “I’m willing. The answer is yes. Now God, what is the question?

Jul 13, 2017

Remember the Sabbath: Part 4 by Mike Ayers

The Sabbath separates us from the notion that the world can’t survive without us.

Jul 6, 2017

Remember the Sabbath: Part 3 by Mike Ayers

Transformation from true sabbath rest comes by renewing our minds, not simply amusing them.

Apr 6, 2017

Remember the Sabbath: Part 1 by Mike Ayers

Part 1 of a 4-part series on leadership and rest.

Jun 15, 2015

Peyton Hill On Christ-Centered Leadership

What does Christ-centered leadership look like?

Series: Conversations

What does Christ-centered leadership look like?

Jun 15, 2015

Peyton Hill on Christ-centered Leadership by Peyton Hill

FTC.CO asks Peyton Hill, "How does one become a Christ-centered leader?"

Jul 19, 2016

Pastor, This Isn't a Competition by K.V. Paxton

Pastor, this is not a competition. God loves you just as extravagantly in your failures as He does in your successes and He isn't comparing your ministry to the one across the street.

Apr 13, 2017

Pastor, Defend Christian Liberty by Caleb Greggsen

Defend your people’s freedom in Christ with your life if necessary. But do not impinge on their freedom, even if you think it’s for their own good.

Jun 28, 2016

On Leadership and Maintaining Moral Authority by Adam McClendon

Moral integrity helps to gain respect and influence in our culture; however, when our moral authority is compromised it undercuts our influence and our ability to lead effectively.

May 17

One Word Christian Leaders Should Stop Using by Michael Kelley

Christian leaders, consider this: you have been given stewardship, not ownership

Oct 24, 2017

Noah Oldham on Pastors Throwing in the Towel by Noah Oldham

FTC.co asks Noah Oldham, "When are you most tempted to throw in the towel as a pastor?"

Jul 24

Nathan Rose on Traits of Pastors Leading Church Revitalization

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MO, "What traits should a pastor have who is leading church revitalization?"

Dec 5, 2017

Matt Chandler on Leading a Growing Church Without Getting a Big Head by Matt Chandler

FTC.co asks Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor at The Village Church, "How do you lead a growing church without getting a big head?"

May 3, 2016

Managing Things or Leading People by Mike Ayers

The subtlest and most detrimental leadership distraction in our day is the drift away from leadership itself.

Mar 22, 2017

Making A Pastoral Apology by Chuck Fuller

If you’re a leader, others might have been involved in the mistake, but they were likely following your lead. 

Feb 29, 2016

Limitless Grace for Limited Leaders

How Accepting Our Boundaries Frees us to Flourish as Pastors

How accepting our boundaries frees us to flourish as pastors.

Apr 22, 2015

Learning from Conflict by Mike Ayers

In truth, we often experience conflict in our lives and leadership because of our own actions, insecurities, and ill-motivated decisions. Since this is true, it is important for leaders to learn to ponder the hardships they face by first looking internally at what might be driving conflict with others—including their own lack of character and/or competence.

May 8, 2015

Lead Your Team Meeting Like a Great Teacher by Jared Musgrove

Many of us were never trained in our formal education, internships, or perhaps even our associate roles how to lead a great ministry team meeting. This was something that became apparent to me as I stepped into lead a burgeoning team of strong leaders at my church. What follows here are hard knocks and necessary considerations, I believe, for a great ministry meeting.

Jul 3

Leading Through Change by Jim Essian

You could completely bomb this change challenge that’s before you. I mean fall-on-your-face fail. And God’s love for you will not change.

May 12, 2015

Leading Staff in The Rural Church by John Powell

Many times, those who lead ministries in small or rural churches let slide things like effective staff leadership, thinking such a practice is only the mandate for larger churches or churches in busier contexts. But if the small, rural church pastors neglect tending to their support leaders -- whether vocational or volunteer -- they can stifle the growth of their ministry

Jan 26, 2017

Leading Meetings with Humility by Adam McClendon

As we acknowledge the need to lead humbly, what does godly, humble leadership look like in the day-to-day?

May 15, 2015

Leading From The Murky Middle by Nathan Lino

If you are called and gifted to lead, you would do well to remember there are two points of reference set before you–the current reality and the future destination.

Jan 12, 2016

Leader, You Are First A Child of God by Mike Ayers

Leader, on your worst day, you are still a child of God!

May 16, 2015

Leader, Who Do You Follow? by Neil Franks

One important principle of building trust is measured by how well you respond to criticism.