Embedded Portraits: A Theological Vision for Families 1

By Andrew Nichols | 9Marks Journal: Family & Parenting | 02.25.2010

Is Satan more concerned about the families in your church than you are?

Churches Raising Up Pastors – Ministry Training Strategy

By Colin Marshall | 9Marks Journal: Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors | 02.25.2010

9Marks wants to see more churches and pastors taking responsibility for raising up the next generation of pastors. To help our readers catch a vision for what that might look like, we asked several organizations closely tied to one or several local churches how they fulfill this mission. With one exception, each of the following organization answers the same 18 questions.

Polity on Church Discipline: A User’s Guide

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 02.25.2010

If you’re a pastor trying to obey Jesus by implementing church discipline, there are few books that will aid you the way Polity will.

39 Lessons, 20 Tips and 10 “Don’ts” For Parenting

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Family & Parenting | 02.25.2010

Preach the gospel of grace, not self-discipline.

“Don’t do it!!” Why You Shouldn’t Practice Church Discipline

By Mark Dever | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 02.25.2010

When pastors first discover church discipline in the Bible, I often tell them: “Don’t do it . . . at least not yet.”

Before You Discipline, Teach This First

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 02.25.2010

What might not be so obvious is that a pastor needs to teach the church about more than just church discipline before they’re ready for discipline.

Those Toxic Non-Attenders

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 2) | 02.25.2010

Christians have been adopted into the body of Christ. Non-attenders act as if they are orphans.

Churches Raising Up Pastors – Lakeview Baptist Church

By Al Jackson | 9Marks Journal: Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors | 02.25.2010

To help our readers catch a vision for what that might look like, we asked several organizations closely tied to one or several local churches how they fulfill this mission.

The Preemptive Resignation—A Get Out of Jail Free Card?

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 02.25.2010

Ending one’s membership in a church requires the consent of both parties. We join a church by the consent of the church, and we leave a church by the consent of the church.

Five Advantages of Church-Based Counseling

By Deepak Reju | 9Marks Journal: Counseling in the Church | 02.25.2010

I want to argue that there are distinct advantages to doing specialized counseling in the context of one’s local church, and I would even propose that it should be the norm.

Grabbing a Dog by its Ears: The Role of Witnesses

By Stephen Matteucci | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 2) | 02.25.2010

So who are these one or two witnesses? And why are they so important to the church?

Counseling and Discipleship

By Deepak Reju | 9Marks Journal: Counseling in the Church | 02.25.2010

Every Christian should either be discipling someone else, be discipled by someone else, or be doing both.

Churches Raising Up Pastors – ENTRUST

By Michael Schäfer | 9Marks Journal: Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors | 02.25.2010

Here are Entrust’s answers to how they train up leaders. Entrust is based outside of Durban, South Africa.

Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum

By B. Johnson, D. Newkirk, P. Ryken, T. Ascol, W. Price | 9Marks Journal: Miscellaneous Articles | 02.25.2010

I have learned that nothing brings greater joy to a pastor’s heart than a sinner who truly repents.

Churches Raising Up Pastors – Cornhill Training Course

By Christopher Ash | 9Marks Journal: Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors | 02.25.2010

Here are the Cornhill Training Course’s answers submitted by Christopher Ash. The Cornhill Training Course is based out of London, England.