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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

Should a Church Have Elders?

There are many pragmatic reasons why a church might have elders. A plurality of elders can help to carry the burden of pastoral ministry; they can bring a rich variety of experience to bear on the issues and problems every pastor faces; they can hold the pastor accountable in a context of shared ministry; they can save the pastor from a multitude of errors in judgment before it ever becomes apparent in a congregational meeting. The list could go on. Read more >

What is the relationship between the elders and the church?

The relationship between the elders and the local congregation they serve should be marked by many evidences of godly character and mutual dependence on God. Not least among these should be: Read more >

Looking For A Few Good Men

How do you go about looking for elders, and what exactly is it that you’re looking for? Answering this question requires to consider what exactly an elder is not, and then what an elder is.[1] What an elder is NOT A biblical elder is not simply an older male. Read more >

Should Elders Be Ordained?

In most denominations or churches, office-holders are publicly recognized when they are installed into office. The questions before us, then, are how we are to understand the significance of this act, and when should it be performed? THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ORDINATION Read more >

Unbelief in an Elder's Children -- Exegesis

  He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? —1 Timothy 3:4-5 . . . appoint elders in every town as I directed you— . . . above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. —Titus 1:6 Read more >

Elder Vows Sample

When Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC installs a new elder, the following vows will be recited during the Sunday morning service between an elder, the elder(s) being confirmed, and the congregation. These vows will also be printed in the church bulletin in their entirety. [To the elder(s) being confirmed] 1. Do you reaffirm your faith in Jesus Christ as your own personal Lord and Savior? I do. Read more >

Unbelief in an Elder's Children -- Practice

Following up on Justin Taylor's exegetical discussion of the passages pertinent to the question of unbelief in an elder’s children, 9Marks executive director and Capitol Hill Baptist Church elder Matt Schmucker answers some practical questions about putting this exegesis to work in real life. Read more >

Disagreements and Differences Among Elders

9Marks executive director Matt Schmucker answers more practical questions about elder life, particularly about disputes and differences with other elders, and yellow flags about finding elders. ON DISPUTES WITH OTHER ELDERS 9M: What do you do when you struggle to get along with a fellow elder? Read more >

Ninth Mark of a Healthy Church Member -- Follows Leadership

The health of a local church may ride exclusively on the membership’s response to the church’s leadership. How the congregation receives or rejects its leaders has a direct effect on the possibilities of faithful ministry and church health. Does a congregation appreciate and accept sound preaching? Will they trust and follow a leader in difficult or unclear situations? Do they rally behind or tear apart the leadership when plans and ideas fail? Read more >

Seminary Smarties -- Now Showing At A Website Near You

BiblicalTraining.org (BT) was originally conceived as a resource for elder training, a place where people could access the best in evangelical training for free. Since its inception, however, it has moved far beyond this to providing, we hope, excellent seminary level education in English. And it’s still—and always will be—free. BT is divided into four sections. (1) The Story of Jesus is an evangelistic-friendly paraphrase of the gospel of John designed for the non-believer. Read more >