Why an Elder Should Oversee the Bookstall

By Josh Manley | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

When your church’s bookstall overseer isn’t feeding the sheep healthy food, they’re working against the digestion of the church’s entire teaching ministry.

5 Steps for Preventing Abuse in Children’s Ministry

By Chad Holmgren | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Given the prevalence of child abuse in our society, a church should never assume abuse could not happen in its children’s ministry.

Catering to Ministry Consumers

By Josh Hayward | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

What you feed people with is what they’ll continue to hunger for.

Why Pastors Should Oversee Women’s Ministry

By Camryn Zamora | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

When our pastors oversee women’s ministry, it doesn’t indicate distrust, but rather that when the wolves attack, the shepherds will bear the brunt, not the sheep.

Shepherding in the Age of Self

By Jonathan Dodson | 11.15.2022

How should church leaders respond to those embroiled in the age of self?

Book Review: Fight for Your Pastor, by Peter Orr

Review by Walter Price | 11.14.2022

Orr has written a short, easily readable, wonderfully biblical, and deeply challenging word for church members of all times in a humble and engaging way.

Why Missionaries Should Value Professionalism

By Matt Rhodes | 10.27.2022

Many of us fondly remember John Piper’s “Brothers, We Are Not Professionals”. But there’s another type of professionalism that is manifestly not what Piper intended to criticize. It is the day-to-day pursuit of excellence in ministry.

How to Examine Qualifications in Elder Candidates

By Joel Kurz | 10.11.2022

Find the men in your church who are already eldering. Get to know them and, as you do, keep 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 in mind. Once you’re reasonably confident this man ought to be an elder, I recommend a process of formal evaluation.

Pastors Govern Sober-Mindedly

By David Mathis | 10.07.2022

Pastor-teachers do more than teach. They are called to lead—leadership that requires they be, both individually and collectively, sober-minded.

Assessment Questions for New Elder Candidates

By Jeramie Rinne | 10.04.2022

What kinds of questions do you ask to assess the readiness of a prospective elder?

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.

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.