We just released a Journal on church planting and church mergers. Because neither Mark nor Jonathan wrote an article for it, we devoted this episode of Pastors’ Talk to the topic.
An enchantment with the city isn’t the same as a biblical love for the city, and it won’t sustain you in the long run.
I love gospel clarity and biblical ecclesiology, but I’m concerned about the anti-practical nature we sometimes see in the 9Marks community.
When God burdens a preacher for a people group, a neighborhood, or a block, it’s right for that preacher to go and become all things to all people so that he might save some.
By developing other leaders who can teach, disciple, evangelize, counsel, and shepherd the flock, you raise up others who can care for the health of all the church members.
If evangelism is to be woven into the fabric of the life of a new church plant and its pastor, it takes some thought and planning.
There’s no way a finite heart can hold all the things a church planting wife will face in life and ministry. But Christ can, he does, and he will.
When should two churches merge despite the differences—and when should they stay separate precisely because of their differences?
When laying the foundation for a new plant or revitalization, there’s truly no better advice than this: “Before you do anything else, make sure your people know that you love them.”
Recently, Jonathan Leeman sat down with three groups of pastors to talk to them about their experience with church mergers—whether they failed or succeeded.
No matter the costs and effects of church planting on the planting church, the Lord is always faithful.
In a church merger, you must understand the two existing cultures and lead them to become one. Here are five ways to do that.
We search in vain for a tidy system of sanctification, yet on every page of this short book we witness the process unfold.
Only a church in relative safety and comfort has the time to talk about polity. Right?
This is an excellent book from a a pastor about the purposes and plans of God through hardships in our lives.