Hiring and Firing

When Should Ministry Be Staffed?

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

Generally, if an activity is not important enough to get done if the staff position were eliminated, it is likely not important enough to get done at all.

You Have An Obligation to Fire Incompetent Staff

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

An unfaithful employee of the church undermines the trust which underlies a Christian’s giving.

You Should Think Twice Before Firing Incompetent Staff

By Phillip Jensen | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

It’s not appropriate to sack competent staff members simply to suit the current developments at the church.

Nuts and Bolts

Blessings and Trials of Short-Term Staff

By Mark Dever | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

Short-term staff are a blessing from God. They should be used for his glory and their own good, as well as for the good of other congregations they may yet serve.

Why Your Second Hire Might Be an Administrative Pastor

By Ryan Townsend | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

It just might be a good thing for your second hire to be a trellis-builder: an administrative pastor.

How Much Should You Pay Your Pastors?

By Patrick Traylor | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

The first step in preparing a healthy compensation decision is, by God’s grace, to build a healthy local church with biblical structures of leadership and accountability.

Senior Pastor: Yea or Nay?

The Case for the Senior Pastor

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

There’s enough biblical evidence in the New Testament to warrant the idea of a senior or lead pastor among the pastors.

The Case Against the Senior Pastor

By Shawn Wright | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

I’m hesitant to say that a church should formally recognize one elder as the senior elder.

Miscellaneous Book Reviews

Book Review: Radical Together, by David Platt

Review by J. D. Greear | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

All in all, this book represents what I believe to be God’s gracious work of calling his church back to the simple and revolutionary power of the gospel.

Book Review: Exponential, by Dave and Jon Ferguson

Review by Josh Manley | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

This book has a significant overarching weakness: pragmatism.

Book Review: Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs, by Bill Hybels

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

Along with much biblical wisdom and good sense, there are a number of assumptions and values in this book that don’t square very well with Scripture.

Book Review: Heralds of the King: Christ-Centered Sermons in the Tradition of Edmund P. Clowney, ed. by Dennis Johnson

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2 | 08.29.2011

This book is a fitting tribute to a man whose writing, teaching, preaching, and personal example have helped a good many pastors to preach Christ from all of Scripture.

Church Mergers and Plants

Summer 2017
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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
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Evangelism – Part 1

September–October 2013
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Is Scripture Enough?

July–August 2013
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Church and Churches

May—June 2013
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Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

March—April 2013
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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2

Jan—Feb 2013
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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide – Part 1

November—December 2012
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Discipling in the Church

September—October 2012
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Mercy Ministry in the Church

July—August 2012
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Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

May—June 2012
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The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

March—April 2012
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Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

January—February 2012
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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
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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1

July—August 2011
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Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

May—June 2011
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Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

March—April 2011
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Pastoral Moves

January—February 2011
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Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church

November—December 2010
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Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

September—October 2010
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Pastoring Women

July—August 2010
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Deacons

May—June 2010
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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