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 128: On When Elders Disagree (with Matt Schmucker)By J. Leeman, M. Dever, M. Schmucker | 05.19.2020
What do we do when elders disagree?
Am I Burnt Out? 30 Useful QuestionsBy Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018
Here are 30 questions—15 internal and 15 external—to ask yourself to discover whether or not you’re on the road to burnout.
Episode 37: On the 20th Anniversary of 9MarksBy J. Leeman, M. Dever, M. Schmucker | 01.30.2018
January 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of 9Marks. To celebrate that milestone, Jonathan interviewed the two guys who were there when it all began: Mark Dever and Matt Schmucker.
7 Tips for Writing (Or Revising) Your Church ConstitutionBy A. Nichols, M. Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.29.2016
Writing (or revising) your constitution is not really lawyer’s work, and it need not be drudgery. In fact, it can and should be invigorating.
“We’re Here for the People Who Will Come”By Matt Schmucker | 06.18.2014
In January of 1993 I found myself at Capitol Hill Baptist Church having just received the resignation of the pastor (his sin disqualified him from continuing on in the pulpit). … keep reading…
Things to Ask a Church when Considering a PastorateBy Matt Schmucker | 06.17.2014
A close friend recently asked me what I’d ask about if I was considering a pastoral position at a church. Good question. Young pastors are too often focused on what they’ll … keep reading…
The Contents and Purposes of the “Elder Packet”By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013
If lay elders aren’t informed of issues before the elders meet, they can feel neglected, pressured, and out-of-the-loop. A little bit of prep work before hand can go a long way.
Testimonies of the Underestimated GospelBy A. Mohler, C. J. Mahaney, C. Trueman, D. Patrick, D. Platt, G. Gilbert, J. D. Greear, J. Mack Stiles, J. Purswell, J. Piper, K. DeYoung, L. Duncan, M. Dever, M. Chandler, M. Schmucker, M. Lawrence, M. McKinley, P. Williams, R. D. Moore, T. Anyabwile | 9Marks Journal: The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion | 02.29.2012
What were the human means and instruments of your conversion?
Elders in the Life of the ChurchBy M. Schmucker, P. Newton
Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership Newton and Schmucker convincingly demonstrate that a return to the New Testament pattern of elder plurality best serves the shepherding needs of the … keep reading…
Why Revitalize?By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.27.2011
If you don’t want to be a reformer, you don’t want to be a pastor.
You Have An Obligation to Fire Incompetent StaffBy Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011
An unfaithful employee of the church undermines the trust which underlies a Christian’s giving.
Prepare the Church for the Next GuyBy Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Moves | 12.20.2010
Pastors should always be thinking ahead. How far ahead? To when you’re either gone or dead and your church has a new pastor.
How to Separate Deacon Work from Elder WorkBy Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Deacons | 04.28.2010
Whether between the pastors and the congregation or within the church’s leadership, division causes Christ’s church to suffer.