How To Use a Care List in Elders’ and Members’ MeetingsBy Alex Bloomfield | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022
A care list engages the whole church in both corrective discipline and caring for the weak.
LGBTQ+ Policies: What Do We Do about Youth Group?By Zach Carter | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022
Increasingly, pastors will be asked to make complex moral decisions related to LGBTQ+ issues. Policies delegate the decision-making process, creating more time for pastors to exhort, instruct, and disciple individuals on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Sabbaticals for the ShepherdsBy Garrett Kell | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022
Pastors should take regular sabbaticals and plan them well.
Sample Constitution and Elder Meeting Bylaws9Marks | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022
3ABC Constitution Since it pleased Almighty God, by His Holy Spirit, to call certain of His servants to unite here in 1894 under the name [NAME OF CHURCH] of [CITY, … keep reading…
What Job Titles Should Churches Use? Two Simple RulesBy Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.23.2022
Our church structures and job titles should conform to biblical patterns. These patterns are a blessing, not a burden.
The Fruit Grown in a Flock by Pastoral EncouragementBy Bob Johnson | 09.02.2022
Encouragement is incredibly attractive. It’s a godly grace that reinforces gospel fruit. Younger pastors may not realize how important it is.
Only Use Authority in the Fear of GodBy Mark Dever | 08.29.2022
Is all authority abusive? Is all authority—by virtue of one person having power over another person—in its very nature, abusive?
Do Elders Receive Their Authority by Congregational Vote?By Caleb Morell | 08.19.2022
Is the congregation, by affirming an elder through congregational vote, conferring authority upon him or simply recognizing him as a God-given gift to the congregation?
Preacher, Don’t Forget to Speak to the ChildrenBy Ray Van Neste | 08.16.2022
Week in and week out, the same group of unconverted people come to our worship services—and we practically ignore them.
Book Review: Megachurch Christianity Reconsidered, by Wanjiru M. GitauReview by Conrad Mbewe | 08.11.2022
In ‘Megachurch Christianity Reconsidered’, you have a Christian who is also a social scientist using her professional tools to understand why one church in Nairobi, Kenya has flourished among and impacted a generation of millennials.
Working Harder Than Any of ThemBy Nick Gardner | 08.08.2022
The temptation for slothfulness and inattentiveness to the pastoral office is still present in our day, whether through excessive social media use or the general temptation to be lazy, brought on through material prosperity.
Book Review: Mission Affirmed, by Elliot ClarkReview by Matt Rhodes | 08.04.2022
If you’re trying to answer the question, “How can sending churches partner fruitfully with missionaries?” then you might want to start by reading this book.
Love for the Immigrant Church is PatientBy John Lee | 08.02.2022
Some in the immigrant-church conversation are tired and ready to quit. Others insist on immediate change. How should we approach this discussion?
How Should Immigrant Congregations Who Speak Different Languages Relate to One Another?By John Lee | 07.11.2022
Could the way congregations of different languages relate to one another be informed by how denominations connect churches?
Aspiring Pastors Need Encouragement, Too: 5 Ways Paul Encouraged TimothyBy Zack DiPrima | 07.06.2022
Encouragement from anyone is always good. Encouragement from seasoned saints—especially pastors—builds up young leaders in a pronounced way.