Quick, before you make another move, pastor, read this 9Marks Journal!
If you’re thinking of leaving your church for another, start with Michael Lawrence's article on leaving wisely. In fact, look at Matt Schmucker's even before you think about leaving. Have you looked yet? Okay, what about now? I’ve seen enough pastors come and go to know that Lawrence and Schmucker just might shift your paradigm.
Or maybe the process of searching has begun. Mark Dever, Bobby Jamieson, Walter Price, and Dennis Newkirk will help you to avoid common mistakes and pursue the next pastor wisely.
Then again, maybe you should not make a move at all. Jeramie Rinne and Mark Dever will tell you why. Pastor Rinne, in fact, would rather see you dead right where you are. What a pastor!
In light of his recent transition from one church to another, 9Marks asked Michael Lawrence how to candidate, interview, and say goodbye wisely. Read more >
Someday your ministry will belong to another pastor. Here’s how to set him up for success. Read more >
Few decisions in a pastor’s life are more important—or more difficult—than whether or not to accept a call to a new congregation. Read more >
Because of their very premise, search committees are fraught with dangers and pitfalls, including risk-aversion, wrongheaded secrecy, and a beauty pageant mentality... Read more >
Mark Dever and Bobby Jamieson
Why should elders lead a pastoral search rather than a search committee? Because they’re charged to raise up leaders and are best qualified to assess a man’s preaching and character. Read more >
Beginning a new pastorate is tough. So we asked a veteran pastor what pitfalls the new guy should avoid. Read more >
There are a lot of men out there you wouldn’t want to pastor your church. Here’s a few ideas of what to avoid. Read more >
The interim pastorate is a tough gig. You have the role of a pastor but not the authority. How do you do it well? Read more >
It may sound morbid, but this preacher tells you exactly where he wants to die. Read more >
What do three Cambridge, Anglican, bachelor “S’s” all have in common? They each planted themselves in one place and stayed. Here's why you should consider doing the same. Read more >
Miscellaneous Book Reviews
When Don Quixote embarked on his quest for the impossible, it was a humorous and tragic adventure. He tilted at windmills which he thought were giants. He looked at peasant girls and saw noble ladies. And he thought an old dilapidated tavern was a castle. Obviously, Quixote was carrying “a few bricks short of a load.” Read more >
In a world of constantly advancing technology, obsolescence is many people’s worst nightmare. Read more >
It’s popular in reformed circles to be unhappy with most evangelism books. While there are some remarkable exceptions, such as J. I. Packer’s Evangelism and the Sovereignty of Godand Mark Dever’s The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, this sentiment I’m afraid is validated by the method-centered approach of many, if not most, popular books on evangelism. Read more >