Leadership

Heavenly Helps for Pastoral Problems: 7 Ways Heaven Helps Us Overcome Challenges in Ministry

By Mark Redfern | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Paul repeatedly connects the implications of eternal life to his pastoral labor. In this article, I will highlight seven of those implications.

Preaching Heaven to Help Your People Fight Materialism

By Ryan Fullerton | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Here are four ways we can preach about heaven that will help both our people and ourselves put off an unhealthy desire to treat the material things of this life as our ultimate treasure.

Shepherds Are Shaped by the Sheep

By Jason Seville | 12.11.2020

We are examples to the flock (1 Pet 5:3), but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from those around us. It’s a tragedy when pastors surround themselves with “yes men” or place themselves at the untouchable top of an org-chart.

3 Lessons from a Recent Pastoral Transition

By Erick Loh | 12.04.2020

Transitions aren’t easy, and your cultural context may present your church with unique challenges. Yet transitions also remind us that the church fundamentally belongs to Christ.

The Government Says We Can’t Sing! What Should We Do? (A Forum)

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.19.2020

A few different pastors offer a few different perspectives on what to do when the government tells churches they can’t sing.

Don’t Demonize, Show Honor: Responding to Others After This Election Ends

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.03.2020

Pastors, here’s my advice no matter who wins or loses: don’t demonize anyone, but show honor to everyone. 

Book Review: Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor, by Don Carson

Review by Michael Abraham | 10.15.2020

Your church—and the aspiring pastors looking up to you—would benefit greatly from you taking a few hours to learn from the feet of an ordinary pastor like Tom Carson.

Pastoring with Certainty in Uncertain Times

By Zach Schlegel | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020

How do we pastor a congregation with conflicting sets of political certainties? How do we maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3) without compromising what’s true?

13 Principles for Pastoring Through Political Turmoil

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020

We feel the political heat for different reasons, but we all feel it. How do we endure? Here are thirteen principles for pastoring through political turmoil.

Hey Pastor, Has Anyone Ever Told You You’re a Good Listener?

By Dan Miller | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020

Love leans in and listens well. May God help us so love one another.

How to Hold Your Tongue About Politics And Thereby Not Split Your Church Over Things the Bible Doesn’t Talk About: AN ADDENDUM

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020

What are some guardrails that can help a pastor navigate political issues, especially in a year like 2020?

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?