Looking for a pastor? Here’s how Mark Dever suggests churches might resist common wisdom in their search.
Mailbag #68: Does a Church’s Maturity Affect Church Discipline Approach? . . . Should We Bring into Membership a Family Who Doesn’t Speak Our Language?By Jonathan Leeman | 11.10.2017
— Should a congregation’s age, spiritual maturity, and experience of church discipline play into a “muddy” church discipline decision? — How should we maintain a robust membership process while taking into account a new family’s language barrier?
Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman interview Matt to talk about the reasons behind this transition.
What is the mission of the church? Answering that requires defining what we mean by the “church.”
Mailbag #67: What Should Members Vote On (And How) . . . Responding to Members’ Foolish Social Media PostsBy Jonathan Leeman | 11.03.2017
— What are considered “important matters” for members to vote on—and how do you practically carry out the voting process? — How should I respond to a church member’s foolish use of social media?
What is the mission of the church? Is it to preach the gospel and make disciples—or is that too narrow?
— Is preaching required in missionary contexts, or do Bible studies suffice? — “Closed communion” seems exclusive and arrogant. Is it in the Bible?
Pastoring can be lonely. But it doesn’t have to be.
— What should a church include in its Statement of Faith? For example, should a SoF be explicitly Calvinistic? — How should a church handle a situation when it’s been determined an elder isn’t “apt to teach”?
Does church order really have anything to do with discipleship? Isn’t one polity—presbyterian, congregational, etc.—just as good as another?
— How should adult children respond to the unrealistic demands of their parents? — An excommunicated member continues to come and participate in the Lord’s Supper. What should we do?
In this episode, Jonathan Leeman sat down with Mark Dever to talk about the conscience and Christian liberty.
— How should we treat our 18-year-old daughter’s relationship with her girlfriend? How do we love them without condoning their sin? — Should all churches have a plurality of elders, or are there some churches that simply cannot have a plurality of elders?
Panel discussion at the 9Marks at Southeastern Conference.