Leadership

Why Churches Should Excommunicate Longstanding Non-Attenders

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

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

Sometimes, Passivity Is Prideful

By Kyle Gregory | 12.15.2017

An elder’s authority must be carried out with both confidence and humility, as both an overseer and an example, recognizing both his God-given role and his deep need of God’s help.

Fill Believers, Not Buildings: Why Success in Ministry Isn’t a Numbers Game

By Jaime Owens | 12.04.2017

The measure of a pulpit ministry isn’t its width, but its depth.

Mailbag #69: How Do I Know When It’s Time to Step Down? . . . The Wisdom of Having a Lay Elder in Politics

By B. Johnson, J. Leeman | 12.01.2017

— Ministry is a roller coaster. How do I know if I should step down? — How does a church navigate having a lay elder whose vocation is in politics??

Episode 29: On Sermon Preparation

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.28.2017

How long should a preacher prep for his sermons? When and how should he consult commentaries? What’s the best way to involve others in the process?

Episode 28: On Seminary & Pastoral Training (with C. J. Mahaney)

By C. J. Mahaney, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.21.2017

Almost everyone agrees pastors need to be trained. But does this mean they must receive formal theological training from a seminary?

Book Review—Technicolor: Inspiring Your Church to Embrace Multicultural Ministry, by Mark Hearn

Review by Joel Kurz | 11.20.2017

While there are a few weaknesses, this book offers a unique and much-needed contribution to American evangelicalism, especially as demographics change.

The Flesh Is Weak: Pastoral Reflections on Self-Control

By Aaron Menikoff | 11.16.2017

“Just Do It” may be a great slogan for the world’s largest manufacturer of sportswear, but it’s a horrible motto for the Christian life.

Episode 27: On How Churches Should Find a New Pastor

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.14.2017

Looking for a pastor? Here’s how Mark Dever suggests churches might resist common wisdom in their search.

Pastoring a Rural Church Isn’t a “Lesser” Ministry

By Cheston Pickard | 11.13.2017

Whether we’re called to Farmington, Missouri or Washington, D.C, our goal is to help people do two things: understand the Bible and follow Jesus.

Book Review: Seven Leaders, by Iain Murray

Review by Max Benfer | 11.09.2017

This is a book about men of conviction, not men of convenience.

Episode 26: On Multi-Site Churches (with Matt Chandler)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever, M. Chandler | 11.07.2017

Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman interview Matt to talk about the reasons behind this transition.

Mailbag #65: Distinctly Calvinist Statement of Faith? . . . When An Elder Isn’t “Apt to Teach”

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.20.2017

— What should a church include in its Statement of Faith? For example, should a SoF be explicitly Calvinistic? — How should a church handle a situation when it’s been determined an elder isn’t “apt to teach”?

Episode 20: On the Reformation

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Jonathan Leeman interviews Mark Dever on the Reformation and its usefulness for Christians today

Should Pastors Today Care about the Reformation?

By D. A. Carson | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Pastors devoted to their ministry have so many things to do. So why should they care about the Reformation?