Episode 135: On Shepherding: The Work and Character of a Pastor

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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

Tend Your Heart: Drinking from the Fountain of Mirth

By David Mathis | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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.

Why Should Pastors Care About Their Holiness?

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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.

What Does It Mean to Be “Qualified” for Ministry?

By Bobby Scott | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.29.2020

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.

Gifted and Godly . . . But Especially Godly

By Bert Daniel | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.29.2020

In his letter to Timothy, Paul spends more ink on pastoral godliness than he does on giftedness.

Right and Wrong Pastoral Ambitions

By Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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.

Parenting Advice for Pastors

By Ed Moore | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.29.2020

Listen to these points with a discerning ear and apply them by grace as they relate to you.

Cultivate Humility

By Erik Raymond | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

If we’re going to help our people, we pastors must cultivate humility.

Patience: A Pastor’s Superpower

By Dan Miller | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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 Them

By 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.

Be Hospitable

By Matt Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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.

Be Generous—Give People and Money

By Paul Martin | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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.

Pursue Friendships with Other Pastors

By PJ Tibayan | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

If you deprive yourself of God’s gift of pastor-friends, you might find yourself increasingly isolated and discouraged.

Recalibrating Sources of Encouragement: How My Sources of Joy Have Changed 10 Years into Ministry

By Mark Redfern | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

In my decade of pastoring, I’ve undergone a shift in the sources of my joy.

WATCH YOUR DOCTRINE

Pastors, Watch Your Doctrine

By Greg Wills | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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.

What “Able to Teach” Means and Doesn’t Mean

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

God requires clarity, not cleverness; doctrinal fidelity, not rhetorical flourish.

Three Warnings for Those Who Preach the Word

By Ken Mbugua | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

In and around the shadows of the pulpit, soul-damning dangers lurk.

Keep Studying

By Evgeny Bakhmutsky | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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!

Build Fences Around Your Flock

By Joel Kurz | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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.

Whacking the Wolves

By Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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

Love Your Church More than its Health

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Young Pastors | 02.26.2010

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.

Preach, Pray, Love, and Stay

By M. Dever, P. Alexander | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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.

What to Remember When It’s Going Well

By Ray Ortlund | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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 to Remember When It’s Going Poorly

By Ray Ortlund | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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?

Love Your Flock

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Of all the places where people should hear that they are loved, they should hear it in the church—especially from their pastor.

Be Courageous! Don’t Avoid Hard or Awkward Conversations

By Andy Davis | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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.

A Call for Pastors to Pray for Their People

By Ryan Fullerton | 9Marks Journal: The Church Praying | 06.21.2016

Pastors, here are six biblical truths that I hope will jolt us out of our prayerless slumber.

It’s Not All About Preaching: Why Pastors Need to Care about Administration

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Do pastors need to care about administration?

Pastor, Train Future Pastors

By Garrett Kell | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

The more I studied Scripture and watched pastors I respected, I became convinced that pastors have the opportunity and responsibility to train other pastors.

Do the Work of an Evangelist

By Jaime Owens | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

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.

Send Missionaries & Inspire Senders

By John Folmar | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Here are three practical ways our congregations can be staging areas for gospel advancement into the unreached places of the world.

Pastors on Social Media

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

How should pastors think about their own use of social media?

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The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement

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The Reformation and Your Church

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Pastoring Singles

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The Church Praying

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The Church Singing

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The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

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Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

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Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

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Young Pastors

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