At The Starting Blocks: Preparation

Join a Church and Follow a Faithful Pastor

By Joshua Chatman | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

The training that comes from joining a church and following faithful pastors is invaluable and irreplaceable.

Elder Before You Elder

By Zack DiPrima | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

Every church needs men who do the work of pastoring before they’re officially recognized as pastors.

Attend to Your Character

By Garrett Conner | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

Our character can be used by God for eternal good—or our lack thereof can wreak havoc.

Listen to Others More Than Yourself: The External Call

By V. Samuel Clintoc | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

In our society, where desires, feelings, and self-impressions are authoritative, it is tempting to anchor the call to ministry primarily in our self-assessment.

Balance Patience and Ambition

By Billy Dalton | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

Churches must train the ambitious patiently, giving them time to show their true colors.

You Aspire, but Are You Willing?

By Raymond Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

It’s easy to aspire to be a great pastor, but are you willing to do all that it takes?

Candidate Wisely and Honestly

By Branton Burleson | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

Throughout the candidating process, trust God. Remember that he is sovereign and will be with us wherever we go.

After The Gun: First Five Years

Find a Mentor!

By Cheston Pickard | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

Find a mentor—for your sake, for your family’s sake, for your people’s sake, and for Christ’s sake.

Be a Strong and Courageous Young Leader

By Clint Darst | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

God is with you, pastor, and he has spoken. Lean into his presence, and lead with his Word.

Patience! Pick Your Battles Wisely

By Jeramie Rinne | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

Impatient pastors often love the idea of the church more than the people in the church.

Loving Your Family While Leading God’s Church

By Liam Garvie | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

When conduct in the home lags behind the conduct we commend, we’re falling into hypocrisy.

Take Heart: Preaching to Encourage

By Tiago Oliveira | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

As you step into your new church, you are called not only to lead but also to encourage.

Young Pastor, Care for the Older Members of Your Flock

By Dave Kiehn | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

Love senior saints from your heart. They’re a blessing, not a burden.

Make the Main Thing the Main Thing on Sundays

By Bret Capranica | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

I was convinced that the table we set on Sunday would determine the whole ministry, and our main course had to be the Word of God.

Creating Healthy Membership Practices

By Jon Deedrick | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

As a new pastor, there’s a type of triage required of you. Not a triage of what’s urgent (like the triage unit at your local emergency room), but a triage of what’s wise.

Unique Temptations for a New Pastor

By Brian Parks | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

Becoming a senior pastor exposed me to many temptations that I did not expect. Some merely taunted and tempted me. Others I fell for.

Over The Long Haul: The Middle Years

Prepare for Unexpected Storms

By Josh Manley | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

The best time to prepare your people for suffering, persecution, or cultural marginalization is before they face them.

Raise up Leaders

By John Folmar | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to make overseers. However, he often uses pastors to this end.

Persevere in the Highs and Lows

By Clift Barnes | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

Ministry in the middle years offers an opportunity to move forward while looking back at all that God has done.

Every Week I Preach My Guts out and . . . Nothing Changes

By David King | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

We want God to set off fireworks, but he‘s more interested in farming.

Work Hard and Stay Hungry

By Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

If we’re not vigilant as years in the ministry pass, the greater the possibility that the monotony of our routines, the burdens of pastoring, or the busyness of ministry will become excuses for neglecting our primary task.

Passing The Baton: Transitioning To The Next Guy

How to Decide When It’s Time to Stay or Go

By Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

Leaving a pastoral charge can be hard. Staying can be hard, too. And deciding to stay or go is more complicated the longer one serves.

Why Is It Hard for Pastors to Let Go?

By Sandy Willson | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

It is vital that our primary identity is as a child of God, not the leader of a ministry.

Plan Your Transition

By Michael Indorf | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

A faithful pastorate should include a plan for how to end and to transition to the next pastor. Yet that plan should connect to and not conflict with the providence of God.

Preparing a Church for Pastoral Transition

By William Spink | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

What a man who pastored the same church for 39 years aimed for and learned as he transitioned.

Support the Next Guy

By Doug Van Meter | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

A healthy transition to “the next guy” depends in part on the “old guy.” He can support the incoming pastor or be a stumbling block.

How Should I Serve My Church after I Stop Being Its Senior Pastor?

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

The year 2024 marks my thirty-fifth year as the senior pastor of the same church. After I step away, how should I be involved in my church?

Finishing The Race

Six Lessons I Learned When I Could Not Pastor

By John Erickson | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

Pastoral ministry is not who we are. It is a wonderful role, but whether or not we are pastors, we are his children, and he is our kind Father.

Learn to Rest

By Wes Pastor | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

How can the proverbial old dog learn to rest? The key is in not retreating completely.

Brothers, Train up the Next Generation

By Mike Bullmore | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

Necessary to faithful gospel ministry is an investment in the next generation of gospel ministers.

Pastor, Remember Where Your Identity Is Found Before You Retire

By Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

The habits and patterns of our spiritual focus in the present will prepare us for the day when we’re not front-and-center.

Anticipating Your Reward

By Omar Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Seasons in a Pastor's Life | 06.10.2024

Don’t focus on the rewards that were never promised to you. Focus on the ones that were promised.

Seasons in a Pastor’s Life

6月 2024
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Evangelism

2月 2024
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Catholicity

11月 2023
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Church Planting

11月 2023
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A New Christian Authoritarianism?

4月 2023
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The Church’s Ministries

12月 2022
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The Pastor and Church Administration

9月 2022
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Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism

6月 2022
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Expressive Individualism in the Church

3月 2022
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Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry

10月 2021
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The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff

July 2021
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How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members

3月 2021
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Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory

12月 2020
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Pastoring Through Political Turmoil

September 2020
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Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor

6月 2020
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What’s Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today?

3月 2020
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Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning

Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning

12月 2019
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The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement

August 2019
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Church Membership: Following the Lord Together

Church Membership: Following the Lord Together

5月 2019
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Ecclesiology for Calvinists

2月 2019
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The Pastor and Pornography

The Pastor and Pornography

10月 2018
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Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures

7月 2018
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Church Life: Our True Political Witness

Spring 2018
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Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body

1月 2018
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The Reformation and Your Church

Fall 2017
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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

12月 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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Journal about Deacons

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 & Pastors’ Wives

July—August 2008
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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

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