Basic Expectations for Lay Elders

A Job Description for Lay Elders

By Jeramie Rinne | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User's Guide - Part 1 | 11.13.2012

Okay, you’re an elder. So now what are you supposed to do?

How Much Time Can a Lay Elder Give to Ministry?

By Sebastian Traeger | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User's Guide - Part 1 | 11.13.2012

Job + family + ministry = a serious time crunch for the lay elder. How can he navigate it?

Training Lay Elders

Raising Up Elders: Three Areas to Address

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User's Guide - Part 1 | 11.13.2012

How can you raise up elders for your church? Train men in content, character, and competence.

Raising Up Elders: Four Foundational Principles

By Garrett Kell | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User's Guide - Part 1 | 11.13.2012

While there’s no magic formula for raising up leaders, there are some ways to identify and train men to be elders. Here are four to get you started.

Equipping Lay Elders

Four Ways to Equip New Elders

By Garrett Kell | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User's Guide - Part 1 | 11.13.2012

To set your new elder up for success, get him a brother, some books, and a budget—then put him on a billboard.

Besetting Sins of Lay Elders

By Steve Boyer | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User's Guide - Part 1 | 11.13.2012

What Demas, Judas, the Pharisees, and King Saul teach us about how (not!) to serve as elders.

How Pastor Mark Passes Out Authority

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User's Guide - Part 1 | 11.13.2012

Giving away authority is one of the best ways a senior pastor can equip his lay elders and create a gospel culture in his church. Here’s a profile of a pastor who does it well.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, by Ross Douthat

Review by Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User's Guide - Part 1 | 11.13.2012

This book is a call for a renewed, robust, public confidence in the power of Christian orthodoxy. All faithful pastors should resonate with this plea.

Book Review: Christ-Centered Biblical Theology: Hermeneutical Foundations and Principles, by Graeme Goldsworthy

Review by Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User's Guide - Part 1 | 11.13.2012

In this book Goldsworthy has once again done a service for the church, despite the caveats I raise.

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