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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

How Ligon Trains His Men

Editor’s note: 9Marks asked Ligon Duncan, senior minister of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Mississippi, how they train men for the office of elder. We reprint FPC’s remarkable "Officer Training Manual" here (unedited), not to promote any one book, theological system, or form of polity, but in order (i) to present one viable model of elder training and (ii) to impress upon our readers the care with which churches of every polity and theological leaning should take in elder training. Outline: Read more >

Hierarchy in the Church?

As in every age since the first century, there is today a variety of opinions regarding the proper organizational structure of the church. Various denominations have deacons, archdeacons, evangelists, apostles, prophets, pastors, senior pastors, elders, overseers, bishops, archbishops, and there is even a pope. To make problems more complicated there is inconsistency among denominations, and even within each denomination, as to what duties church officers should perform as well as the relationship between the differing office-holders. Read more >