In this Pastors Talk episode, Jonathan chats with Mark about the new 9Marks Journal: On Shepherding — The Work and Character of a Pastor.
WATCH YOUR LIFE
Brothers, we have permission to set aside our next sermon, open the Book, and simply tend to our own heart for an unhurried season each day.
Brother pastor, do you care about holiness? Please don’t give up caring. Be vigilant. Soldier on against your sin from this day to the day of your death.
May the measureless love of our Father, who gave us his holy Son to save us from our sin, fill our hearts so that we delight in pursuing holiness.
In his letter to Timothy, Paul spends more ink on pastoral godliness than he does on giftedness.
Pastoral calling and ministry training do not inoculate from wrong ambitions. But men who are humbly lashed to God’s Word, with character shaped by the gospel, will pursue right ambitions.
Listen to these points with a discerning ear and apply them by grace as they relate to you.
If we’re going to help our people, we pastors must cultivate humility.
Pastoral patience—the capacity to invest sufficient time in the pursuit of kingdom outcomes without freaking out—is a vital virtue in the exercise of pastoral care.
God’s Servant Must Not Be Quarrelsome: Good Pastors Know When to Pick a Fight But Prefer to Avoid ThemBy Kevin DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020
There are fights to pick. Staying out of the fray is not always the better part of valor. But often it is.
We shouldn’t spend all of our time buried in books. Instead we should talk about those books with others, perhaps even over a meal.
Jesus tells us there is joy in generosity. In giving. In dying to our preferences and pleasures. In taking the way of the cross rather than the way of collection.
If you deprive yourself of God’s gift of pastor-friends, you might find yourself increasingly isolated and discouraged.
In my decade of pastoring, I’ve undergone a shift in the sources of my joy.
WATCH YOUR DOCTRINE
Some of God’s truth may not be welcomed by your hearers. That must not deter you. Preach all that God has spoken. Do not judge the effectiveness of the word of God; let it judge you.
God requires clarity, not cleverness; doctrinal fidelity, not rhetorical flourish.
In and around the shadows of the pulpit, soul-damning dangers lurk.
When I took my final exams at university I was convinced my life would only get easier. “Well, now I will have a calm and measured life,” I thought. How wrong I was!
We must guard the sheep against wolves. For this reason, we must know how to build fences; that is, we must lead our church in practicing meaningful membership and discipline.
How should we confront the problem of wolves in the church? At times, we must protect the sheep by whacking the wolves with the shepherd’s rod.
SHEPHERD THE FLOCK
If you love your children, you want them to be healthy. But if you love your children, you love them whether they are healthy or not.
When I was interviewing with Capitol Hill Baptist Church before they called me to be their pastor, someone asked me if I had a program or plan to implement for growth. Here’s how I responded.
When the ministry is going well, remember that tomorrow’s setbacks and reversals will be bent around in God’s mighty hands into yet more blessing.
What should we remember when tragedy overwhelms us, or when we lose our way in confusion, or when we seem unable to please anyone and the congregation is stiff and cold—or even walking out?
Of all the places where people should hear that they are loved, they should hear it in the church—especially from their pastor.
Pastors can neither be people-pleasers on the one side, nor take pleasure in hurting people on the other. A loving courage for the sake of the final blessedness of the flock is the goal.
Pastors, here are six biblical truths that I hope will jolt us out of our prayerless slumber.
Do pastors need to care about administration?
The more I studied Scripture and watched pastors I respected, I became convinced that pastors have the opportunity and responsibility to train other pastors.
Dear pastors, do the work of an evangelist. By the grace of God, those whom you are called to lead will fill up the tracks you’ve made.
Here are three practical ways our congregations can be staging areas for gospel advancement into the unreached places of the world.
How should pastors think about their own use of social media?