WHICH DOCUMENTS & WHY

Which Church Documents? And Why?

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.04.2016

As unglamorous as church documents may be, they are a crucial component of a pastor’s toolbox.

Church Planters, Don’t Wait To Put Your Documents in Place!

By Joel Kurz | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.01.2016

Our church waited three years to put our church documents in order, and we suffered for it.

How Our Church Has Found a Marriage Policy to be Useful

By Nick Gatzke | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.09.2016

In the life of a church, we create policies to help guide us to practices that help our people. May our marriage policies do just that.

5 Questions on Church Incorporation

By David Gibbs | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.29.2016

Many pastors are forced to think through this potentially confusing topic. David Gibbs from the Christian Law Association provides some help.

CONFESSIONS & COVENANTS

Confessions: Old or New?

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.17.2016

Should you look for a historic confession that your church will align with, or adopt something written recently—or even write your own?

Confessions: Thick or Thin?

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.16.2016

A good confession of faith builds a protective doctrinal house around a precious center: the gospel.

27 Ways to Use Your Confession and Covenant

By Garrett Kell | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.29.2016

The ways we can use Statements of Faith and Church Covenants in our churches are many, but what matters most is that if we have them, we use them to help each other follow Jesus.

On the Thorny Matter of Signatures and Assent

By Brad Wheeler | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.14.2016

Should we risk agitating people by asking them to formally sign something? And what if someone wants to join, but is unsure of a doctrinal matter? Is submission enough, or is agreement necessary?

CONSTITUTIONS & BY-LAWS

Why I Love My Book of Church Order

By Guy Prentiss Waters | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.21.2016

Saying that you love a polity manual like the Book of Church Order is like saying you love your slide rule or your calculator. But in this case, it’s true.

Your Constitution Is a Theological Document

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.29.2016

A constitution is not just a technocratic document demanded by your state’s tax office, nor a necessary evil for avoiding conflict in a church. It’s a deeply theological and even spiritual document.

7 Tips for Writing (Or Revising) Your Church Constitution

By A. Nichols, M. Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.29.2016

Writing (or revising) your constitution is not really lawyer’s work, and it need not be drudgery. In fact, it can and should be invigorating.

Two Pastors Who Chose To Renovate not Rewrite Their Constitutions

By C. Hill, M. Vroegop | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.29.2016

Don’t give up on that old constitution just yet. Consider renovating it first.

Not Them! Who You Don’t Want to Revise Your Documents

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.29.2016

Here are the five kinds of people that you might be tempted to put on your document revision committee, but should avoid if at all possible.

Does Anyone Know Robert? Rules of Order in Church Members’ Meetings

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.29.2016

Rules of order help to ensure that members’ meetings flow smoothly. As formal as they might feel, in a church of any size, they help to prevent fights, and facilitate unity.

Dealing with Bad Documents

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 02.26.2010

Very often a new pastor will find a statement of faith like our church had—unclear at best and heretical at worst.

Pastoring Singles

Spring 2017
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Healthy Churches around the World

Fall / Winter 2016
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Authority: God’s Good and Dangerous Gift

Summer/Fall 2016
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The Church Praying

Spring 2016
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Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church

Winter 2016
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Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal

Fall 2015
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Multi-Ethnic Churches

Summer/Fall 2015
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Expositional Preaching

Spring 2015
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Complementarianism & the Local Church

Winter 2015
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Vanishing Church?

Fall 2014
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Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church

Summer 2014
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The Church Singing

May–June 2014
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Prosperity Gospel

January–February 2014
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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
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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 & 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 & 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