Elder Relationships

Building Unity and Friendship Among Elders

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

How elders relate to each other will impact how they relate to the flock, for good or ill. Here are a few ideas for helping elders build deep friendships and sturdy unity.

When to Intrude, When to Defer

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

When and how should lay elders push back on decisions of staff elders? Consider first what “hat” the staff elder is wearing.

The Curse of the Rubber Stamp

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

How can elder boards avoid the vicious cycle of lay elders feeling pressured to rubber stamp staff elders’ decisions, then resenting them, then opposing them?

Balancing Relationships Between Staff and Non-staff Elders

By Walter Price | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

Balanced counsel on the balance between elders from a seasoned senior pastor.

Elder Meetings

Elder Meeting Attitudes

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

Fear of man can lead elders to say too little or too much. Here are nine tips for setting your heart right and speaking well to your fellow elders.

Family Size: Lessons for Large and Small Elder Boards

By Eric Bancroft | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

Like families, elder board dynamics vary with size. Here is some counsel for larger and smaller elder boards from a pastor who has served on both.

The Contents and Purposes of the “Elder Packet”

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

If lay elders aren’t informed of issues before the elders meet, they can feel neglected, pressured, and out-of-the-loop. A little bit of prep work before hand can go a long way.

The Bi-vocational Elder

The Math Doesn’t Work: Why the Future of Church Planting is Bi-Vocational

9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

Countless church plants fail for lack of funds. So instead of throwing a Hail Mary, why not explore a new model instead?

Book Reviews

Book Review: Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend, by Andy Stanley

Review by Zach Schlegel | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

A church that is unclear about “who belongs” in order to attract unbelievers may be “nice,” but they are also unloving.

Book Review: Baptist Distinctives and New Testament Church Order, by Kevin Bauder

Review by Kevin Wilkening | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

What is a Baptist? This is not a rhetorical question. This is a test.

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