Leadership

Moving from Programs to a Culture of Discipleship in an Immigrant Church

By Mark Pakingan | 09.11.2020

From my experience, immigrant churches tend toward program-centric ministry. Why? It’s complicated.

Want Your Church to Enjoy Unity? Let the Gospel Do Its Dividing Work.

By William Farley | 09.04.2020

When I became a lead pastor, I preached the gospel enthusiastically, but I didn’t understand its winnowing power or how positive that process would be.

Book Review: The Rise and Fall of Movements, by Steve Addison

Review by Caleb Morell | 08.27.2020

Addison’s proposal may create movements of “churches” that burn hot and fast, but I fear that they will not last.

Journal Talk, Episode 4: Good Pastors Know When to Pick a Fight But Prefer to Avoid Them

By J. Leeman, K. DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 08.20.2020

Pastors shouldn’t be quarrelsome. But pastors must also contend for the truth. They must gently correct opponents. They must be immovable, steadfast. How do we manage all these diverse callings?

3 Reasons to Preach through Philemon

By Nate Pickowicz | 08.17.2020

We love and forgive others because the Lord Jesus has first loved and forgiven us (Eph. 4:32). This is the heart and soul of the gospel, portrayed in the book of Philemon.

Why Churches Should Excommunicate Longstanding Non-Attenders

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 08.14.2020

I’ve never met a growing and mature Christian who doesn’t regularly attend a gospel-preaching church.

Book Review: Don’t Just Send a Resume, by Benjamin Vrbicek

Review by Kris Sinclair | 08.06.2020

Perhaps the most compelling aspect of Vrbicek’s book is the way he sprinkles the good news on every page, even while discussing practical issues regarding searching for a ministry position.

4 Reasons You Should Preach through Titus

By Eric Bancroft | 08.03.2020

What should new churches focus on? What should their priorities be in their early years? Titus gives us an answer.

Book Review: Jesus Driven Ministry, by Ajith Fernando

Review by Benjamin Vrbicek | 07.30.2020

Jesus Driven Ministry considers what propelled Jesus into ministry and what sustained him in it—and how those same things should sustain us.

A Time for Civil Disobedience? A Response to Grace Community Church’s Elders

By Jonathan Leeman | 07.25.2020

Before your church follows John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church and begins to gather in defiance of governmental orders this Sunday, I’d like to suggest that civil disobedience may not be the only legitimate or moral course of action at this moment. 

The Danger of Sending Unqualified Missionaries

By John Folmar | 07.16.2020

What does John Folmar — the senior pastor of United Christian Church of Dubai in the Middle East — want to say to American churches and missions organizations?

Reflections on ‘One Assembly’ and the Immigrant Church

By Geoff Chang | 07.03.2020

As immigrant churches pursue greater independence among their various language congregations, the goal is not simply to have separate churches so that we can cross our t’s and dot our ecclesiological i’s. That’s only half the picture.

Cultivate Humility

By Erik Raymond | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

If we’re going to help our people, we pastors must cultivate humility.

Why Should Pastors Care About Their Holiness?

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Brother pastor, do you care about holiness? Please don’t give up caring. Be vigilant. Soldier on against your sin from this day to the day of your death.

Tend Your Heart: Drinking from the Fountain of Mirth

By David Mathis | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Brothers, we have permission to set aside our next sermon, open the Book, and simply tend to our own heart for an unhurried season each day.