Mark Dever

Episode 156: On How Pastors Should Prepare their People for Eternity

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 01.19.2021

In this episode of Pastors Talk, Jonathan Leeman chats with Mark Dever about one of the pastor’s most important jobs: preparing his people for eternity.

Forum: How to Shepherd Your People in Light of the Capitol Riot

By A. Hong, J. Seville, M. Dever, T. Ross | 01.09.2021

9Marks asked several pastors how they intend to pray this Sunday to shepherd their congregation in light of Wednesday’s events at the Capitol.

How to Build a Healthy Church

By M. Dever, P. Alexander

A Practical Guide for Deliberate Leadership In the process of building a church, there are many things to consider―who will the elders be? How many seats should the sanctuary have? … keep reading…

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (4th Edition)

By Mark Dever

What Makes for a Healthy Church? You may have read books on this topic before but not like this one. Instead of an instruction manual for church growth, this classic … keep reading…

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (3rd Edition)

By Mark Dever

You may have read books on this topic before—but not like this one. Instead of an instruction manual for church growth, this classic text offers tried and true principles for … keep reading…

Episode 155: On Remembering 2020

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 12.15.2020

In this final Pastors Talk episode of 2020, Jonathan Leeman chats with Mark Dever about the highs and lows of this particular year.

Episode 154: On A Bunch of Fun Biographies

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 12.08.2020

Are you looking for books to read this holiday season? Jonathan Leeman chats with Mark Dever about a bunch of fun biographies.

Episode 153: On Caring for Members Unwilling to Come Back to Church (with Nathan Knight)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever, N. Knight | 12.02.2020

Among the many things 2020 has made more complicated, chief among them is caring for members who are unwilling to come back to church.

Pastors Talk, Episode 152: On Virtual "Church"

Episode 152: On Virtual “Church”

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.24.2020

For years, certain churches and ministries have referred to “virtual church” or “attending church online.” This year of COVID-19—the “anti-gathering virus,” as Mark puts it in this episode—has made such phrases even more popular. 

Episode 151: On How Much a Pastor Should Care About His Reputation

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.10.2020

Paul says pastors must be “well thought of by outsiders.” But Jesus says we’re “blessed” when others speak evil about us, even falsely.

What do we do with this? How much should a pastor care about his reputation?

Episode 150: On Cleaning the Membership Rolls – Part 2 (with Matt Schmucker)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever, M. Schmucker | 11.03.2020

Episode 149 explained what “cleaning the rolls” means, and why pastors should lead their churches to do it. Episode 150 continues the conversation, but focuses on how to actually get it done.

Episode 149: On Cleaning the Membership Rolls – Part 1 (with Matt Schmucker)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever, M. Schmucker | 10.27.2020

Some churches report hundreds of members, with dozens in attendance. These churches need to “clean their rolls.”

Episode 148: On How A Culture of Discipling + Lay Elders = Church Planting

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.20.2020

Healthy churches plant churches. But how? What causes a church to “bubble over”? Here’s one way.

Episode 147: On the Appeal and the Errors of Theonomy (with T. David Gordon)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever, T. David Gordon | 10.12.2020

In this episode of Pastors Talk, Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever chat with T. David Gordon about the errors of theonomy. They also consider why might it be appealing to certain Christians in our day and what pastors should do about it.

Episode 146: On Preparing for a Tough Political Season (Part 2)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.06.2020

Mark and Jonathan chart about the new 9Marks Journal: Pastoring through Political Turmoil.