How Unconditional Election Sustains Pastoral Ministry

Calvinist Pastors and Non-Calvinist Churches: Candidating, Pastoring, and Moving On

By David Schrock | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

I want to share a few things that might be helpful for you—Calvinist pastor—if the Lord leads you to a church that doesn’t celebrate the doctrines of grace.

How Unconditional Election Sustains Pastoral Ministry

How Unconditional Election Sustains Pastoral Ministry

By Jeramie Rinne | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The theological framework commonly called “Calvinism,” and the doctrine of unconditional election in particular, has profoundly shaped my understanding of success in ministry and sustained me through the toil of shepherding.

7 Ministry Consequences of Calvinism

7 Ministry Consequences of Calvinism

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The goal of this piece is not to argue with or even to address the non-Calvinist pastor. It is to say to the Calvinist, “If you believe this, your ministry should look like that.”

Why Your Doctrine of Perseverance Demands Church Discipline

Why Your Doctrine of Perseverance Demands Church Discipline

By Raymond Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

A “once saved, always saved” motif that doesn’t understand conversion and its vital connection to a church shouldn’t comfort anyone in any way.

The Christian Life Is More Like a Bus Ride Than a Motorcycle Ride

By Bob Johnson | 02.04.2019

Hey pastor, here’s some language I use to help my people understand how the gospel relates to our life together as a single congregation with a single gathering (no multiple services or sites).

Hey Calvinist, Enough of Your Revivalism

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.04.2019

How do you grow your church? It’s a question every pastor or church leader asks, a question in which almost every Christian is interested.

What the West Should Know about Churches in Africa

By Chopo Mwanza | 02.01.2019

There’s a lot that the church in Africa can learn from our brethren in the West—and vice versa.

Don’t Ignore the “Speed Limit”: How the Sufficiency of Scripture Should Make Us Patient

By Dave Comeau | 01.28.2019

The Bible’s speed limit signs are posted everywhere, but our focus on numbers and fast growth causes us to speed right by them.

6 Reasons You Should Preach through Obadiah

By Clint Archer | 01.17.2019

Why preach Obadiah? Because your people need to bask in the comfort that God will bring justice to those who target the innocent.

An Open Letter to Baptist Pastors Considering Open Membership

By Sam Emadi | 01.14.2019

Baptism is an authorized declaration of the credibility of someone’s confession, not just a private judgment about whether we think someone is a Christian.

6 Reasons You Should Preach through Amos

By Nathan Loudin | 01.10.2019

Has anyone had a church member recently ask, “Hey, when are you going to finally preach a series through Amos?”

Practice Charity, Pursue Credibility: How to Respond to a Child’s Profession of Faith

By C. Greggsen, S. Emadi | 01.07.2019

In every case, a church ought to be careful, weeding through words to attempt to discern the motivation behind a profession of faith―in other words, its credibility.

A Pastor, His Dying Wife, and Their Church—A Group Text

By Jonathan Leeman | 01.04.2019

Even in life’s most tragic moments, Christians can be thankful for the local church.

You Can’t Preach Christ Without Preaching Depravity

By Bradley Larson | 01.02.2019

If we aim to preach Christ in our churches, then we must preach about what he endured and overcame on the cross.

Best Books for Pastors 2018

Best Books for Pastors in 2018

By Alex Duke | 12.21.2018

We asked pastors from around the world a simple question: what books did you read in 2018 that helped you be a better pastor?