IS ADMINISTRATION FOR PASTORS?

The New Testament’s First Administrators

By Brad Thayer | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Acts 6 offers a paradigm for the “how” and “why” of church administration.

Administrators: Playing with Calculators or Building Up the Body of Christ?

By Mike Carnicella | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Good administration and good administrators are a gift from God. Don’t neglect these gifts just because they seem boring or nerdy.

Pastors, Don’t Forget to Shepherd Your Deacons

By Gus Pritchard | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Pastors’ delegation of work to deacons should not lead to abdication of their duty to oversee.

From the Archives: Why an Administrative Pastor

By Ryan Townsend | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

There are many reasons why a church may want to consider an administrative pastor as its second (or third or fourth) hire.

STAFFING

Hiring and Firing

By Brad Wheeler | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Managing a church staff in wisdom is necessary for a joyful ministry.

What Job Titles Should Churches Use? Two Simple Rules

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.23.2022

Our church structures and job titles should conform to biblical patterns. These patterns are a blessing, not a burden.

Evaluating How an Elder Is Ruling

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

How do you conduct a job performance review for the elders (particularly the paid staff elders)? In other words, how do you determine if an elder is “ruling well”?

Why Clear Job Descriptions and Staff Structures Serve the Church

By Ryan Townsend | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Job descriptions and a clear org chart or staff structure are essential tools for organizational excellence and faithful management.

Why Pastors Should Submit to Each Other

By Jeff Wiesner | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Fellow elders and founding documents guard a senior pastor against the pride of authoritarianism.

BUILDINGS

Are Buildings Essential to Healthy Churches?

By Adam Sinnett | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Does lacking a building put a church at a disadvantage?

The Benefits of Having a Building

By Benjamin Woodward | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Church buildings are beneficial because they maximize Word ministry, provide stability long-term, are a public witness to the gospel, and help the church better steward its money.

What to Do When Your Building Is Full

By G. Gilbert, M. Carnicella | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

When you start to have more attendees than seats, you have other options than adding another service.

A Theological Framework for Buildings and Renovations

By John Henderson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Behind our theology of church property is our theology of all created things. They are gifts from the Lord that may be used rightly or wrongly, for the glory of Christ or the glory of mankind.

BUDGETING

How to Talk with Your Church about Money

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Let’s see how the apostle Paul discussed money, and then apply his approach to scenarios you may find yourself in.

Handling Your Church’s Finances with Transparency and Integrity

By Jenny Terry | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Churches are called to imitate the integrity of Christ by handling their finances with transparency, accountability, and moderation.

Who Should Know How Much Everyone Makes?

By Jason Read | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

When considering whether to share salary information with the whole church or one inquisitive member, try to process that question with two goals: build ownership and maintain unity.

Preparing Pastors for Retirement

By Brad Thayer | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Healthy churches can proactively plan for and financially invest in their pastor’s retirement as a way to encourage his longevity.

How Much Should We Pay Our Staff?

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Generosity and trust should inform how much churches pay their staff.

Addressing Staff Salary Discrepancies

By Dennis Blythe | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

What do we do when there seems to be a discrepancy in our staff salary structure?

Advocating for Your Own Pay

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Pastors should be able to advocate for their own pay if necessary, but prayerfully and carefully.

POLICIES

Principles for a Benevolence Policy That Is Both Merciful and Wise

By Philip Duncanson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

If we think benevolence is only about giving people money to help solve their problems, then we’ll miss this. No, benevolence is about showing others the mercy and love we’ve been shown.

Why a Church Constitution Is More Than a Necessary Evil

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Once you’re in a leadership position, it becomes clear pretty fast that solid rules aren’t a necessary evil at all; they’re an indispensable weapon for safeguarding the unity of the church.

How a Lack of Trellis Undermines Ministry

By Jonathan Rourke | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Does the Bible have much to say about church structure? In short, yes!

How to Have a Well-Run Elders’ Meeting

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

What can we do to make elders' meetings excellent?

How To Use a Care List in Elders’ and Members’ Meetings

By Alex Bloomfield | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

A care list engages the whole church in both corrective discipline and caring for the weak.

LGBTQ+ Policies: What Do We Do about Youth Group?

By Zach Carter | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Increasingly, pastors will be asked to make complex moral decisions related to LGBTQ+ issues. Policies delegate the decision-making process, creating more time for pastors to exhort, instruct, and disciple individuals on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Sabbaticals for the Shepherds

By Garrett Kell | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

Pastors should take regular sabbaticals and plan them well.

Sample Constitution and Elder Meeting Bylaws

9Marks | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Church Administration | 09.30.2022

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The Pastor and Church Administration

ספטמבר 2022
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Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism

יוני 2022
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Expressive Individualism in the Church

מרץ 2022
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Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry

אוקטובר 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

מרץ 2021
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Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory

דצמבר 2020
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Pastoring Through Political Turmoil

September 2020
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Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor

יוני 2020
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What's Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today?

מרץ 2020
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Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning

Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning

דצמבר 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

מאי 2019
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Ecclesiology for Calvinists

פברואר 2019
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The Pastor and Pornography

The Pastor and Pornography

אוקטובר 2018
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Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures

יולי 2018
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Church Life: Our True Political Witness

Spring 2018
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Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body

ינואר 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

דצמבר 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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