SCRIPTURE ON SINGLENESS

Can a Single Person Fully Image God?

By Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Human marriage is vitally important, but it’s not permanent nor is it the only place where humans fully image God.

Did Paul Prefer Singleness?

By Thomas R. Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Given the cultural climate in the United States, it’s surprising to see how positively Paul speaks about being single.

How Did Paul Pastor Singles?

By Frank Thielman | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Paul makes it clear in 1 Corinthians 7 that singleness is not a predicament that needs to be addressed, an emergency that needs attention, or a problem that needs to be solved.

PASTORING SINGLES

9 Ways to Pastor Those Longing for Marriage

By Matt Smethurst | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

As you shepherd those longing for a spouse, don’t miss the opportunity to listen, to comfort, and to speak truth in love.

Pastoring Discontented Singles

By Jeremy Pierre | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

A basic distinction between fact and interpretation is helpful when pastoring discontented singles.

7 Dos and Don’ts of Discipling Singles

By Whitney Woollard | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.22.2017

Here are seven simple things we can do—and not do!—so singles in our midst know we love them and respect them as fellow image-bearers of God.

Singleness in Modern Culture

By Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Vocation and service: two major areas of life that are often neglected in the pulpit, but that help the people of God find purpose and hope in this fallen, often lonely world.

A Gospel-Centered Framework for Ministering to Lonely People

By DW | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Even the best things in life cannot fill a human being’s need for companionship.

Diagnostic Questions for Ministering to Singles

By Mary Willson | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

As you are preaching through the Scriptures and thinking about applying the text, you might consider whether your text addresses questions like these.

Can Christians Marry Non-Christians?: A Biblical Theology

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.13.2017

When you’re married to a non-Christian, you sing: “I want this song to be about Jesus,” while your spouse sings, “It’s just you and me.” There can be no ultimate harmony.

SINGLES AND THE CHURCH

Redefining Intimacy

By Ed Shaw | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

We live in a society whose only route to true intimacy has become the joy of sex.

Singleness, Same-Sex Attraction, and the Church: A Conversation with Sam Allberry, Rosaria Butterfield, and Christopher Yuan

By C. Yuan, R. Butterfield, S. Allberry | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Sam Allberry, Rosaria Butterfield, and Christopher Yuan answer questions on same-sex attraction, singleness, and the church.

Folding Singles into Family in the Life of the Church

By Sean DeMars | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

How are the families in your church are doing at loving single people? Do they strive to fold single people into their lives?

Using the Holidays to Host Singles

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Here are a few comments intended to encourage you to fold single-adult friends into your special family events.

Reforming College Dating through Discipleship

By Allen Duty | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Older men in the church can help college men develop a God-honoring approach to dating by encouraging them to imitate godly examples, embrace biblical values, and involve the church.

THE SINGLE PASTOR

Can Single Men Serve as Elders?

By Andy Davis | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Does “husband of one wife” disqualify single men from serving as elders?

Single Pastors, Biblical Counseling, and the Local Church

By Bert Daniel | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

How can a single pastor build a constructive counseling ministry in the context of the local church?

OTHER RESOURCES

Episode 6: On Pastoring Singles

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.21.2017

Jonathan sits down with Mark to ask him questions from our new Journal: Pastoring Singles.

Sunday School Curriculum: Singleness and Courtship

By 9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.19.2017

Capitol Hill Baptist Church offers a 13-week Sunday School course on singleness and courtship for free on its website. You can find all the manuscripts here.

Sermon: A Biblical Theology of Singleness

By 9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.19.2017

Charles Hedman, a pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, preached a sermon on a biblical theology of singleness. You can listen to that sermon here.

Pastoring Singles

Spring 2017

Healthy Churches around the World

Fall / Winter 2016

Authority: God’s Good and Dangerous Gift

Summer/Fall 2016

The Church Praying

Spring 2016

Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church

Winter 2016

Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal

Fall 2015

Multi-Ethnic Churches

Summer/Fall 2015

Expositional Preaching

Spring 2015

Complementarianism & the Local Church

Winter 2015

Vanishing Church?

Fall 2014

Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church

Summer 2014

The Church Singing

May–June 2014

Prosperity Gospel

January–February 2014

Evangelism – Part 2

November–December 2013

Evangelism – Part 1

September–October 2013

Is Scripture Enough?

July–August 2013

Church and Churches

May—June 2013

Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

March—April 2013

Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2

Jan—Feb 2013

Lay Elders: A User’s Guide – Part 1

November—December 2012

Discipling in the Church

September—October 2012

Mercy Ministry in the Church

July—August 2012

Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

May—June 2012

The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

March—April 2012

Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

January—February 2012

Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How

November—December 2011

The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2

September—October 2011

The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1

July—August 2011

Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

May—June 2011

Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

March—April 2011

Pastoral Moves

January—February 2011

Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church

November—December 2010

Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

September—October 2010

Pastoring Women

July—August 2010

Deacons

May—June 2010

A New Evangelical Liberalism

January—February 2010

Church Discipline (Part 2)

November—December 2009

Church Discipline (Part 1)

September—October 2009

Missions

July—August 2009

Multi-site Churches

May—June 2009

Young Pastors

March–April 2009

Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors

January–February 2009

Counseling in the Church

November–December 2008

Family & Parenting

September–October 2008

Marriage & Pastor’s Wives

July—August 2008

Living As a Church

May–June 2008

Cooperation

March–April 2008

Corporate Prayer

January–February 2008

Church and Culture

November–December 2007

Race and Ethnicity

September—October 2007

The Gospel

July–August 2007

Preaching

May–June 2007

Elders (Part 2)

March–April 2007

Hospitality and Friendship

January 2007

Elders (Part 1)

February 2007

Biblical Theology

November–December 2006

The Church’s Mission

October 2006

The Emerging Church

September 2006

Miscellaneous Articles

December 1999