Blessings and Trials of Short-Term Staff

By Mark Dever | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

Short-term staff are a blessing from God. They should be used for his glory and their own good, as well as for the good of other congregations they may yet serve.

You Should Think Twice Before Firing Incompetent Staff

By Phillip Jensen | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

It’s not appropriate to sack competent staff members simply to suit the current developments at the church.

You Have An Obligation to Fire Incompetent Staff

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

An unfaithful employee of the church undermines the trust which underlies a Christian’s giving.

When Should Ministry Be Staffed?

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

Generally, if an activity is not important enough to get done if the staff position were eliminated, it is likely not important enough to get done at all.

Dear Staff, Sincerely, the Senior Pastor

By Jeramie Rinne | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1 | 06.28.2011

The last thing any senior pastor needs is an associate playing Absalom at the gate with disgruntled members.

Dear Associate Pastor, Sincerely, a Former Associate Pastor

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1 | 06.28.2011

So you’ve been called by a congregation to serve as an associate pastor. Now what?

Dear Senior Pastor, Sincerely, the Associate Pastor

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1 | 06.28.2011

You are not an island, so don’t think that the uniqueness of your role somehow isolates you from others.

Pastors’ Forum: Staff Meeting Best Practices

9Marks | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1 | 06.28.2011

We asked a group of pastors for their best ideas for staff meetings. What follows is an adaptation of the email exchange that ensued.

Do You Disciple Your Staff?

By M. Mullery, V. Hinders | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1 | 06.28.2011

Pastors are sheep, too. . . . They must not only be the source of Christ-centered ministry, but also the objects of it.

Senior Pastor as Servant’s Servant’s Servant

By Jeramie Rinne | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1 | 06.28.2011

It’s important to ask your own staff, “How can I serve you better as your senior pastor?”

The Obvious and Not-So-Obvious of Staff Management

By Mark Dever | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1 | 06.28.2011

If God has entrusted you with gifted team members, we want to encourage them. They are gifts of Christ to his church. Cherish them.

Interview with Thabiti Anyabwile on his new book

By Thabiti Anyabwile | 05.20.2011

In order to provide you with a better introduction, I thought I’d ask Thabiti a few questions about the book.

Resources on Membership

9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 05.01.2011

If you’re looking for some more practical resources on church membership, here are a few suggestions.

What Does the Regulative Principle Require of Church Members?

By Terry Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

The regulative principle, properly applied, means that church members are free from the threats of idolatry and weirdness, heresy and tomfoolery.

Moving Attenders to Members

By Thabiti Anyabwile | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

One thing we can assume about the Christian who regularly attends church but does not join is that his or her view of the Christian life is defective somewhere.