Membership

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.

Mailbag #68: Does a Church’s Maturity Affect Church Discipline Approach? . . . Should We Bring into Membership a Family Who Doesn’t Speak Our Language?

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.10.2017

— Should a congregation’s age, spiritual maturity, and experience of church discipline play into a “muddy” church discipline decision? — How should we maintain a robust membership process while taking into account a new family’s language barrier?

Mailbag #67: What Should Members Vote On (And How) . . . Responding to Members’ Foolish Social Media Posts

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.03.2017

— What are considered “important matters” for members to vote on—and how do you practically carry out the voting process? — How should I respond to a church member’s foolish use of social media?

4 Reasons Churches Don’t Practice Church Discipline

By Jeremy Kimble | 11.02.2017

Despite what some people think, church discipline isn’t an unloving, invasive act, perpetrated by wicked people.

4 Myths that Keep College Students from Joining a Church

By Jim Davis | 10.19.2017

Do you want to faithfully follow Christ during your college years? Then join a church.

Mailbag #63: How to Love Wayward Children; Is Plural Eldership Required or Encouraged?

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.06.2017

— How should we treat our 18-year-old daughter’s relationship with her girlfriend? How do we love them without condoning their sin? — Should all churches have a plurality of elders, or are there some churches that simply cannot have a plurality of elders?

Book Review: Uncomfortable, by Brett McCracken

Review by Shane Williamson | 10.05.2017

This book’s ecclesial-shaped Christianity is utterly necessary for the church today.

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

Two Views on Church Discipline: Protestant vs. Roman Catholic

By Jeremy Kimble | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

How does a Protestant understanding of church discipline differ from Roman Catholicism’s?

Two Views on Church Authority: Protestant vs. Roman Catholic

By Gregg R. Allison | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Think of a three-legged stool. Now imaginatively label one of those legs “Scripture,” label the second leg “Tradition,” and label the third leg “Magisterium.”

What if We Applied “For Better or Worse” to Church Commitment?

By Brett McCracken | 09.22.2017

What if we took seriously our “for better or worse, till death do us part” vows in marriage and then applied them to church?

Book Review: Church Order in the New Testament, by Eduard Schweizer

Review by Simeon Williams | 09.11.2017

Schweizer’s arguments for a perpetually developing polity are unpersuasive because they depend on faulty arguments regarding differences among the apostles.

VIDEO: Should every Christian be a member of a local church?

By Aaron Menikoff | 07.20.2017

Should every Christian be a member of a local church?

VIDEO: How can church discipline be loving?

With Juan Sanchez | 07.18.2017

In the Bible, church discipline is a rescue operation.

Church Planting in the Same Building

By Matthew Spandler-Davison | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

Our church was getting full, and we knew we needed to do something. So, we planted a church . . . in the same building.