Leadership

Episode 79: On Funerals

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 03.12.2019

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan interviews Mark about how to preside over funeral services.

Leverage Your Short-Term Mission Trips for Long-Term Goals

By Jon Deedrick | 03.11.2019

Would the Apostle Paul join your short-term missions trip?

Mailbag #77: How Much Agreement with a Statement of Faith Should Be Required for Membership?

By Brad Wheeler | 03.08.2019

A man who was baptized as a believer wants to join our credobaptist church, though he is paedobaptistic and cannot affirm the church’s statement of faith on believer’s baptism. Should the elders of the church recommend this man to the church for membership?

Mailbag #76: The Role of Matthew 18’s “One or Two Witnesses” . . . Must Christians Go to Church Every Sunday? . . . How to Care for an Unwed & Pregnant Member

By B. Johnson, J. Kurz, P. Martin | 03.01.2019

Three pastors answer one question each about church discipline, church attendance, and caring for a church member who is unwed and pregnant.

4 Ways Martin Luther Encourages Pastors to Pray

By Mark Rogers | 02.25.2019

As a fellow pastor, Martin Luther provides a treasure of wisdom and insight on prayer.

Mailbag #75: Does a Wife’s Alcoholism Disqualify a Deacon? . . . Should the Qualifications of a “Youth Pastor” Be Different? . . . Responding When We Feel “Pressured” to Join a Church

By A. Menikoff, A. Duty, P. Tibayan | 02.22.2019

Does a Wife’s Alcoholism Disqualify a Deacon? . . . Should the Qualifications of a “Youth Pastor” Be Different? . . . Responding When We Feel “Pressured” to Join a Church

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?

On Church Planting (with Brian Davis and Nathan Knight)

Episode 75: On Church Planting (with Brian Davis and Nathan Knight)

By B. Davis, J. Leeman, M. Dever, N. Knight | 02.12.2019

What’s the difference between a church plant and a church? Is it best to start a church with a team of pastors rather than a solo pastor?

Real Calvinists Pray

By J.A. Medders | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

Calvinism doesn’t render our prayers meaningless. On the contrary, it ought to revive and even sustain our prayer life.

The Five Points of Calvinism and Your Church’s Sunday Meeting

The Five Points of Calvinism and Your Church’s Sunday Meeting

By Matt Merker | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

It’s vital for those of us who hold to a reformed or “Calvinistic” doctrine of salvation to consider if our corporate worship reflects our professed soteriology.

Five Marks of a Calvinist Pastor's Ministry

Five Marks of a Calvinist Pastor’s Ministry

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The last thing I want to do is imply one must embrace Calvinism to be a good pastor. Rather, in this article, I simply aim to reflect on how an affirmation of the doctrines of grace can spur a pastor on to greater degrees of faithfulness.

How Unconditional Election Sustains Pastoral Ministry

Calvinist Pastors and Non-Calvinist Churches: Candidating, Pastoring, and Moving On

By David Schrock | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

I want to share a few things that might be helpful for you—Calvinist pastor—if the Lord leads you to a church that doesn’t celebrate the doctrines of grace.

How Unconditional Election Sustains Pastoral Ministry

How Unconditional Election Sustains Pastoral Ministry

By Jeramie Rinne | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The theological framework commonly called “Calvinism,” and the doctrine of unconditional election in particular, has profoundly shaped my understanding of success in ministry and sustained me through the toil of shepherding.

The Christian Life Is More Like a Bus Ride Than a Motorcycle Ride

By Bob Johnson | 02.04.2019

Hey pastor, here’s some language I use to help my people understand how the gospel relates to our life together as a single congregation with a single gathering (no multiple services or sites).

Don’t Ignore the “Speed Limit”: How the Sufficiency of Scripture Should Make Us Patient

By Dave Comeau | 01.28.2019

The Bible’s speed limit signs are posted everywhere, but our focus on numbers and fast growth causes us to speed right by them.