“But A Portion of Our Transgressions”: A Model Prayer of Confession

By Omar Johnson | 08.21.2017

If You, O LORD, should mark iniquities, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, through Christ Jesus.

Christians Should Be Motivated to Minister to Homeless People

By Matthew Spandler-Davison | 08.14.2017

Homelessness is always a crisis. But merciful, compassionate, and loving Christians can’t only and always walk the other way.

“What Do You Want?”: Pastoral Reflections on Faithfulness

By Aaron Menikoff | 08.07.2017

We may share the gospel a thousand times, and never see a convert. It’s our job to be faithful. The rest is up to God.

Thinking Through the Missionary’s Influence in a New Church

By Scott Williamson | 08.04.2017

What role should cross-cultural church planters play in a new church plant?

Ministry to Women When There’s No “Women’s Ministry”

By Carrie Russell | 07.31.2017

Events and programs aren’t bad. But when we depend on them to do all the work of discipling and relationship-building, we should expect them to eventually fail.

There Are Souls to Be Saved: How Can We Rest?

By David Murray | 07.24.2017

The theological root of so much burnout is a failure to believe in the sovereignty of God. We simply don’t trust God to do the work that only he can do.

Don’t Be a Do-Gooder: Pastoral Reflections on Goodness

By Aaron Menikoff | 07.17.2017

We need to grow not only in doing good, but in being good. We need the spiritual fruit of goodness. How can we grow in this?

VIDEO: How do you raise up leaders in poor communities?

9Marks | 07.13.2017

It’s not always a good thing for someone to have their “rough edges” knocked off. A man or woman can have character and rough edges, while still keeping their effectiveness for ministry.

VIDEO: What’s wrong with evangelistic programs?

By J. Mack Stiles | 07.11.2017

The problem with evangelistic programs is that they often make you feel like you’ve done evangelism—when you actually haven’t.

12 Principles on How to Disagree with Other Christians

By A. Naselli, J. D. Crowley | 07.10.2017

It matters how you treat those who disagree with you on disputable matters. When you welcome them as Christ has welcomed you, you glorify God.

VIDEO: How do you strengthen congregational singing?

By Matt Merker | 07.06.2017

— Teach on it; sing accessible, excellent songs; accentuate voices, not music.

VIDEO: How hard should a church work to reflect its surrounding neighborhood?

By Brian Davis | 07.04.2017

It’s our job to sow—and God’s to convert. Churches should be careful not to require of themselves what they cannot produce.

Church Plants Need Pastors, Not Entrepreneurs

By Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

We often assume church planting requires more entrepreneurial skills than other pastoral contexts. Is that a fair assumption?

The Loneliness of Church Planting

By John Starke | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

An enchantment with the city isn’t the same as a biblical love for the city, and it won’t sustain you in the long run.

The Priority of Patience, Prayer, and Preaching in Church Planting

By Josh Manley | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

As you patiently “preach and pray, love and stay,” you’ll find that your church has been planted on fertile soil that bears up good and lasting fruit.