Mailbag #74: The Wisdom of Confronting an Older Pastor . . . Is It Biblical to Call Women “Ministers”? . . . How a Pastor Should Schedule His Week

By C. Humfrey, J. Leeman, P. Newton | 02.15.2019

— One of our elders, a man far older in the faith than us, has begun to regularly preach poor sermons. How should we respond? — I’ve noticed some SBC churches give women on staff the title of “minister” in deliberate distinction from “pastor” or “elder.” Is this practice wise? — What are some principles for how a pastor should schedule his week?

Why Are Some Pastors So Dogmatic About Secondary Issues?

Why Are Some Pastors So Dogmatic About Secondary Issues?

By Eric Bancroft | 02.08.2019

Eric Bancroft, a pastor in Miami, talks about the importance of the fruit of the Spirit amid our disagreement with others.

Teach, Wait, Repeat: How Calvinism Fuels My Commitment to Congregationalism

Teach, Wait, Repeat: How Calvinism Fuels My Commitment to Congregationalism

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

We’ll consider how our theology shapes our polity, how polity shapes ministry, and how ministry is fueled by our conception of God.

Five Marks of a Calvinist Pastor's Ministry

Five Marks of a Calvinist Pastor’s Ministry

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The last thing I want to do is imply one must embrace Calvinism to be a good pastor. Rather, in this article, I simply aim to reflect on how an affirmation of the doctrines of grace can spur a pastor on to greater degrees of faithfulness.

How Unconditional Election Sustains Pastoral Ministry

Calvinist Pastors and Non-Calvinist Churches: Candidating, Pastoring, and Moving On

By David Schrock | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

I want to share a few things that might be helpful for you—Calvinist pastor—if the Lord leads you to a church that doesn’t celebrate the doctrines of grace.

How Unconditional Election Sustains Pastoral Ministry

How Unconditional Election Sustains Pastoral Ministry

By Jeramie Rinne | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The theological framework commonly called “Calvinism,” and the doctrine of unconditional election in particular, has profoundly shaped my understanding of success in ministry and sustained me through the toil of shepherding.

Book Review: How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins

Review by Phil Newton | 01.11.2019

While it is certain that Scroggins’ book will get wide readership, I think the book fits best outside of local church leadership structures.

Why and how should pastors cultivate contentment?

Why and How Should Pastors Cultivate Contentment?

By Erik Raymond | 01.03.2019

We grow in contentment through a long process in the university of Jesus.

Best Books for Pastors 2018

Best Books for Pastors in 2018

By Alex Duke | 12.21.2018

We asked pastors from around the world a simple question: what books did you read in 2018 that helped you be a better pastor?

Pastors' Talk: On Pastoral Calling (with Brad Wheeling)

Episode 69: On Pastoral Calling (with Brad Wheeler)

By B. Wheeler, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 12.18.2018

How does a man discern whether he ought to pursue pastoral ministry?

Five Encouragements for Pastors Intimidated by Biblical Counseling

By Edward T. Welch | 12.17.2018

While caring for those who are suffering, many pastors are tempted to feel overwhelmed and under-qualified. If that’s you, pastor, here are five things to remember.

The Pastor and Difficult Bioethical Decision Making

By Jeremy Meeks | 12.10.2018

Here are eight maxims pastors ought to remember as they shepherd people through difficult bioethical decisions.

Book Review: Some Pastors and Teachers, by Sinclair Ferguson

Review by Mike McGregor | 11.30.2018

This excellent new book could rightly be called “The Collected Works of Sinclair Ferguson on Pastoral Ministry.”

When A Pastor Commits Suicide

By Nathan Carter | 11.28.2018

Yet another pastor committed suicide. But this time, he was my close friend. And so I keep asking myself: How can I make sense of this?

Book Review: Healthy Plurality = Durable Church, by Dave Harvey

Review by Aaron Menikoff | 11.21.2018

This book isn’t a biblical defense for plural eldership. Rather, it’s a practical guide to assessing and improving the quality of your elder body.