Editor’s note: In July, we released a book called Going Public: Why Baptism Is Required for Church Membership by Bobby Jamieson. We asked three pastor-theologians to review the book, each of them … keep reading…
What is baptism? What does baptism mean? Is it simply an individual’s declaration that they now belong to Jesus? Is it a sign and seal of the new covenant, just as God intended circumcision to be a sign and seal of the old? And what does all of this have to do with church membership? Is church membership for everyone? Only baptized believers? Baptized believers and their children?
First Five Years was a 9Marks Conference to encourage and instruct new pastors. If you are new in your ministry—perhaps in preparation, or in the first years of a church plant, or in your first church, or just beginning your pastorate in a new place—this conference is meant to equip you.
Imagination draws the line between what one can and can’t conceive. So we could say that an increasingly biblical imagination involves faith expanding your view of the possible.
Here are a few suggestions for stretching and strengthening pastors’ imaginations.
Whatever might be on your want-list, I can guarantee this: not everything on your list is on God’s.
If you say you’re called to ministry, I don’t immediately know what you mean, or if what you mean is biblical.
Raising up pastors is the church’s work—the whole church.
The TV show Church Rescue is a friendly, innocuous, late-period artifact of the shrinking Bible Belt.
What does it mean to say that you’re “called” to pastoral ministry?
In this post, I want to answer the question, “Well then, what can I do if I’m in a church that seriously needs to change?”
Basically, you’ve got two options: leave peaceably, or stay cheerfully.
I hope that many pastors will be encouraged, challenged, and equipped for similar work in training leaders through John’s experience.
How can you change your church when you’re not the pastor?