Matt Schmucker

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.”

Elders in the Life of the Church

By 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 local church. The authors suggest a workable process for improving a local church’s leadership structure and making the transition to elder plurality. Stories of church […]

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 Questions

By 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 9Marks

Episode 37: On the 20th Anniversary of 9Marks

By 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 Constitution

By 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).  This was the fifth failed pastorate in a row dating back to the 1970’s.  To use an O.T. term:  our church was a “byword” in […]

Things to Ask a Church when Considering a Pastorate

By 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 be asked rather than on what they should ask. If this is the flock God is calling you to shepherd, ignorance is not your friend. The list […]

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 Gospel

By 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?

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 Staff

By 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 Guy

By 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 Work

By 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.

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