Leadership

Why We Need Pastor-Theologians in the Church

By Kevin DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

When I say we need pastor-theologians in the church, I mean that every pastor must conduct his ministry with an eye to declaring theological truth, diagnosing theological error, and discipling his congregation to be theologically informed and articulate.

Book Review: The Care of Souls, by Harold Senkbeil

Review by Brady Bowman | 10.21.2021

The Care of Souls is a gripping reflection on pastoral ministry that commends an older and far richer vision of pastoring than what is typically touted in modern evangelical circles.

Book Review: Charles Simeon of Cambridge, by Hugh Evans Hopkins

Review by Michael Abraham | 10.14.2021

Charles Simeon was a preacher’s preacher and a pastor’s pastor. He was occupied with beholding the Lord Jesus Christ. We’d do well to imitate his ministry.

Must Churches Follow Mask Mandates?

By Jonathan Leeman | 09.20.2021

9Marks doesn’t exist to make any of these judgments for you or your elder board. That’s your job, pastor. But as well as I know how to describe it, these are the principled questions before you.

Want to Be a Pastor? Be Someone Worth Imitating.

By Bobby Jamieson | 09.08.2021

To be a pastor is to live your life in public. Even when you’re off, you’re on. If you want to be a pastor, get ready to be watched, and start setting an example worth watching.

Book Review: The Pastor’s Soul, by Brian Croft

Review by Josh Vincent | 08.26.2021

Croft and Savastio remind pastors of a simple but essential truth: Pastor, care for your soul.

Why the Ordinary Means of Grace Must Be Central in Our Gatherings

By David Strain | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

When we gather, let’s not mess around with our own homespun techniques. In faith, let us read the Word, preach the Word, pray the Word, sing the Word, and see and taste and touch the Word.

Book Review: Bavinck, by James Eglinton

Review by Shane Walker | 07.01.2021

James Eglinton has written an important, elegant, and scholarly introduction to Bavinck’s life and thought.

Finding Elders in Immigrant Churches

By Luis Cardenas | 06.16.2021

As pastors faithfully shepherd those in their care and train new leaders, Christ will continue to make sure his church is supplied with more leaders who are eager to equip the saints for the work of ministry.

What’s in the Water?: Baptism as a Sign of Addition (Part 3)

By Trent Hunter | 06.11.2021

The Word led to baptism, which led to a defined worshiping community, and as people were baptized, they were “added” to that community. That’s what Luke is teaching us.

Five Reasons to Pastor an Old Church, Even With All Its Problems

By Marc Minter | 06.02.2021

Starting a new church is exciting, especially when compared to taking an established church with all its problems.

What’s in the Water? — Combatting Superstition and Sentimentalism with Scripture (Part 1)

By Trent Hunter | 05.26.2021

If we’re going to get baptism right, we need our thinking and practice shaped by Scripture. That’s why at my church our elders recently entered a study about baptism.

Our Church Wants a Plurality of Elders, But We Don’t Know Where to Start

By Dave Harvey | 05.17.2021

Transitioning to a plurality of elders is an urgent topic—for both planters and pastors who don’t yet have this structure. Why? Because the quality of your elder plurality determines in large part the health of your church. It really is that important.

When You Long for Friends: A Meditation for Elders’ Wives

By Megan Hill | 04.30.2021

In your time as an elder’s wife, you will doubtless experience times of loneliness. You can take encouragement from the example of Paul that a desire for friends is a good desire.

Prepare to Hear God’s Word

By 9Marks | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

How can you best prepare to hear God’s word on the Lord’s Day? Here are four suggestions.