Selecting Elders

A Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum on Selecting Elders

By B. Keisling, E. Roberts, F. Catherwood, J. MacArthur, M. Lawrence, P. Newton, T. R. Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 1) | 03.01.2010

A Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum:

What lessons have you learned the hard way in selecting elders?

Answers from

Looking For A Few Good Men

By M. Dever, P. Alexander | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 1) | 02.26.2010

Life experience alone does not qualify a man as an elder.

Unbelief in an Elder’s Children — Exegesis

By Justin Taylor | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 1) | 02.26.2010

May a man have children who are unbelievers and yet be appointed or continue as an elder?

Unbelief in an Elder’s Children — Practice

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 1) | 02.26.2010

Can you envision a scenario in which your child’s unbelief would disqualify you?

Installing Elders

Electing Elders

By Burk Parsons | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 1) | 03.01.2010

Crucial to the gospel ministry of shepherding the sheep of our Chief Shepherd is identifying those from among the flock whom God has gifted to serve as shepherds.

Should Elders Be Ordained?

By Benjamin Merkle | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 1) | 02.26.2010

To rightfully be a “pastor” (or deacon) is to be “ordained” in the sense of being publicly installed into that office.

Elder Vows Sample

9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 1) | 02.26.2010

When Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC installs a new elder, the following vows will be recited during the Sunday morning service between an elder, the elder(s) being confirmed, and the congregation. These vows will also be printed in the church bulletin in their entirety. [To the elder(s) being confirmed] 1. Do you reaffirm your […]

Book Review: The Multi-Site Church Revolution

Review by John Hammett | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 1) | 03.06.2010

Much of what this book contains can be transferred to a church planting model, thus accomplishing many of the same goals and relieving many of the troubling ecclesiological questions.

Book(s) Review: This Little Church . . . Went to Market & Stayed Home, by Gary Gilley

Review by Flynn Cratty | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 1) | 03.06.2010

In the end, this emphasis on the Bible as the norm for life and doctrine is the most helpful thing in these two books.

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


May—June 2010

A New Evangelical Liberalism

January—February 2010

Church Discipline (Part 2)

November—December 2009

Church Discipline (Part 1)

September—October 2009


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


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


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