Phil Newton

Right and Wrong Pastoral Ambitions

By Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Pastoral calling and ministry training do not inoculate from wrong ambitions. But men who are humbly lashed to God’s Word, with character shaped by the gospel, will pursue right ambitions.

5 Reasons You Should Preach through 1 Timothy

By Phil Newton | 06.03.2020

Brothers, preach 1 Timothy. And don’t wait too long. You and your congregation need its Christ-centered focus for the church.

Stories of Restoration after Church Discipline

Stories of Restoration after Church Discipline

By J. Kurz, J. Folmar, P. Newton | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

We asked three pastors to share a story of restoration—that is, someone who had been restored to membership after being disciplined for unrepentant sin.

Mailbag #74: The Wisdom of Confronting an Older Pastor . . . Is It Biblical to Call Women “Ministers”? . . . How a Pastor Should Schedule His Week

By C. Humfrey, J. Leeman, P. Newton | 02.15.2019

— One of our elders, a man far older in the faith than us, has begun to regularly preach poor sermons. How should we respond? — I’ve noticed some SBC churches give women on staff the title of “minister” in deliberate distinction from “pastor” or “elder.” Is this practice wise? — What are some principles for how a pastor should schedule his week?

Book Review: How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins

Review by Phil Newton | 01.11.2019

While it is certain that Scroggins’ book will get wide readership, I think the book fits best outside of local church leadership structures.

Book Review: Gospel Eldership, by Robert Thune

Review by Phil Newton | 05.06.2016

Thune has put together a series of essays, exercises, and questions for aspiring elders to consider before embracing the office of elder.

Book Review: Christ-Centered Preaching, by Bryan Chapell

Review by Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church | 08.20.2014

Those committed to proclaiming God’s Word will find Chapell’s volume accessible, resourceful, and useful.

Book Review: The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church, by Timothy Witmer

Review by Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Women | 06.25.2010

I found this book so helpful that I’m asking all of our elders and pastoral interns to read it.

“I Learned the Hard Way”: Mentoring at South Woods Baptist

By Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors | 04.02.2010

One of the most important things that I can do for staff is to help them understand the diversity in the body of Christ and how to work patiently with all sorts of people.

Moving from a Deacon-Led to an Elder-Led Church

By Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Deacons | 03.31.2010

Rather than a healthy, robust congregationalism, this church practiced congregational micromanagement.

Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum on Corporate Witness

By A. Mohler, J. D. Greear, J. Folmar, P. Newton, T. Anyabwile | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Mission | 03.01.2010

Our churches can give the gospel a black eye, or they can be used by the Holy Spirit with magnetic effect to draw people to Jesus.

A Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum on Selecting Elders

By B. Keisling, E. Roberts, F. Catherwood, J. MacArthur, M. Lawrence, P. Newton, T. R. Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 1) | 03.01.2010

A Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum:

What lessons have you learned the hard way in selecting elders?

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How do I preach expositional sermons to uneducated hearers?

By Phil Newton | 03.01.2010

How do I preach expositional sermons to uneducated hearers?

The first steps in changing church leadership structure

By Phil Newton | 03.01.2010

Changes in the leadership structure require devotion to the church and willingness to endure whatever unsettling times might follow.

What are the Essentials of the Gospel?

By Phil Newton | 02.26.2010

Unless Genesis 1:1 is true, then we will have problems convincing anyone that there is a problem with sin and a need for redemption.