Leadership

Book Review: Practicing the Power, by Sam Storms

Review by Paul Martin | 08.16.2018

Sam Storms’ recent book is a field guide for Reformed churches to introduce charismatic practices into the life of the assembly.

The Church Needs Fewer Men Who Feel “Called” to Ministry

By Dayton Hartman | 08.13.2018

We need fewer men who feel “called” and more men who aspire to the office of elder.

Church Members Must Watch Their Elders’ Life & Doctrine

By Erik Raymond | 08.07.2018

In a healthy church, the relationship between elders and church members will be characterized by trust.

How We Planted Our Church with Titus

By Nate Pickowicz | 08.03.2018

One thing I’ve learned along the way is that church planting is a lot more about “church” than it is about “planting.”

Pastoral Burnout - 9Marks podcast

Episode 56: On Pastoral Burnout

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Mark and Jonathan discuss the subject of burnout, particularly how it happens and what church leaders can do to avoid it in the first place.

“I Was Burnt Out—And I Stepped Away”

By Shai Linne | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

I was an unhappy pastor.

Pastoring Amid Depression

By John Starke | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

It should not then surprise you, pastor, that you may experience depression—even though you’ve never experienced it before.

“I Was Burnt Out—And I Stayed In”

By Ed Moore | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

I arrived at my current church in July of 1992, and for a solid decade our business meetings were marked by love, unity, and good-natured, corny humor. But then everything fell apart.

A Taxonomy of At-Risk Pastors

By Jeramie Rinne | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Consider these five categories of at-risk pastors.

When Your Husband Is Burnt Out

By Anna Moore | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Perhaps you’re just beginning your journey as a pastor’s wife. Perhaps you’ve been one far longer than me. Whatever the case, remember and rejoice in the gospel. Draw near to Christ. He, above all, will sustain you and restore your joy.

How My Mega-Church Hasn’t Burnt Me Out

By Mark Vroegop | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

I’ve been leading a mega-church for over a decade. While it’s not always easy, it hasn’t killed me. It hasn’t burnt me out—at least not yet.

How My Small Church Hasn’t Burnt Me Out

By Jonathan Worsley | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

My small church hasn’t killed me yet. In fact, it’s grown me.

Be Tender-Hearted and Thick-Skinned: How Humility Protects Pastors from Pastoral Burnout

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

The thick-skinned and tender-hearted pastor is best positioned to minister for the long haul.

Waiting On the Lord to Renew Our Strength: Reflections on Pastoral Burnout

By Ray Ortlund | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Burnout means something way down deep just collapses, and we can’t keep going.

One Cure for Burnout: A Plurality of Like-Minded Shepherds

By Jason Dees | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

If you currently pastor a congregation that has no qualified men other than yourself, then you should do two things: begin earnestly praying for such men and, second, perhaps reconsider if your standards are loftier than the Bible’s.