Forum: Do Pastors Need a PhD?

By A. Sequeira, J. Hamilton, J. Leeman, M. McCullough, T. R. Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Do pastors need to pursue a PhD?

A Call to Sound Doctrine: The Pastor’s Job Description

By Paul Tautges | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

The apostle Paul’s ministry offers an ideal model for today’s pastor, but I fear it’s one many churches today have lost sight of. Consider Paul’s goals: “We proclaim Him, admonishing … keep reading…

Pastors Should Be Theologians

By G. Hiestand, T. Wilson | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Scripture establishes pastors as the theological leaders of the church, however much they might think they have delegated this responsibility to the academy

Why We Need Pastor-Theologians in the Church

By Kevin DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

When I say we need pastor-theologians in the church, I mean that every pastor must conduct his ministry with an eye to declaring theological truth, diagnosing theological error, and discipling his congregation to be theologically informed and articulate.

Jesus Cared About Doctrine

By Samuel Parkison | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

When we pit doctrine against devotion to Christ, we pit Christ against himself.

Friendship: The Foundation of Paul’s Global Ministry

By Caleb Greggsen | 10.25.2021

One of Paul’s most consistent values may surprise us: friendship.

Must Churches Follow Mask Mandates?

By Jonathan Leeman | 09.20.2021

9Marks doesn’t exist to make any of these judgments for you or your elder board. That’s your job, pastor. But as well as I know how to describe it, these are the principled questions before you.

A Sample Prayer of Corporate Confession

By Blake Boylston | 09.10.2021

Does your church regularly confess their sins together? Consider this sample prayer of confession for some direction.

Want to Be a Pastor? Be Someone Worth Imitating.

By Bobby Jamieson | 09.08.2021

To be a pastor is to live your life in public. Even when you’re off, you’re on. If you want to be a pastor, get ready to be watched, and start setting an example worth watching.

After Withdrawal, Afghan Christians Still Need Your Prayers

By Josh Manley | 09.02.2021

In the aftermath of the United States’ withdrawal, brothers and sisters from Afghanistan continue to reach out with requests for prayer. How can you pray for them?

15 Reasons Your Soul Needs Gathered Worship, Not Just a Livestream

By Dane Ortlund | 08.27.2021

Here are 15 reflections on all that is lost when we choose to worship from the couch instead of the pew.

A Brief, Personal History of How God May Use Friendships Like Yours

By Alex DiPrima | 08.23.2021

Getting to spend your life serving Christ is sweet. Getting to do so with dear friends only makes it sweeter.

Learn to Pastor from Faithful Pastors and Healthy Churches

By Bobby Jamieson | 08.18.2021

The best way to learn the art of pastoral medicine is by closely observing a healthy church body. Learn to pastor from faithful pastors and healthy churches.

Afghan Pastors Ask for Prayer

By Josh Manley | 08.16.2021

Here are three ways you can pray for pastors and churches in Afghanistan right now.

Yes, Singing Really Does Change People

By Shai Linne | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

When I was converted to Christianity as an adult over twenty years ago, I vividly recall my first Sunday at my mother’s church.