You Might Have the Wrong Candidate If…

By Dennis Newkirk | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Moves | 12.20.2010

You might have the wrong pastoral candidate if . . .

What Not to do when You’re the New Guy

By Walter Price | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Moves | 12.20.2010

Your ministry should not be ego-centric, but Christo-centric. Let it be driven by the Lord’s desires for your present church, not by the problems of your former church.

What’s Wrong With Search Committees? Part 1 of 2 on Finding a Pastor

By Mark Dever | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Moves | 12.20.2010

If churches were healthier, we’d never need to call together pastoral search committees.

Book Review: Handle That New Call with Care, by David Campbell

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Moves | 12.20.2010

This book was written to help pastors, their fellow elders, and church members consider the issues that arise when a pastor receives a call from another church.

Prepare the Church for the Next Guy

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Moves | 12.20.2010

Pastors should always be thinking ahead. How far ahead? To when you’re either gone or dead and your church has a new pastor.

How can a pastor wisely transition his church from being deacon-led to elder-led?


What are some things to watch out for as I transition my church from being deacon-led to elder-led?

Make sure the congregation understands the Bible’s teaching about elders. In moving to recognize men as elders, you are asking your congregation to understand and implement a biblical practice. This requires you to patiently expound Scripture—engaging the congregation, small groups, and individuals in interpreting and applying God’s Word.
Leadership Interview with Mark Dever

Training Pastors

By D. Jackman, M. Dever | 08.27.2010

Can you “make” a preacher or is preaching simply a gift? Find out in this interview with David Jackman, founder of the Cornhill Training Course.

May Women Serve as Pastors?

By Thomas R. Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Women | 07.01.2010

Women are prohibited from teaching men and from exercising authority over them, and therefore it follows that they must not serve as elders.

Book Review: The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church, by Timothy Witmer

Review by Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Women | 06.25.2010

I found this book so helpful that I’m asking all of our elders and pastoral interns to read it.

Book Review: The New Testament Deacon: The Church’s Minister of Mercy, by Alexander Strauch

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Deacons | 04.30.2010

If you want to understand the Bible’s teaching on deacons, this is a great place to start.

How to Separate Deacon Work from Elder Work

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Deacons | 04.28.2010

Whether between the pastors and the congregation or within the church’s leadership, division causes Christ’s church to suffer.

The Committee-Free, Task-Specific Deacon

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Deacons | 04.28.2010

Let me put this starkly: committees don’t work!

Book Review: Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome, by Kent and Barbara Hughes

Review by Ken Barbic | 9Marks Journal: Deacons | 04.02.2010

This book attempts to bring refreshment to the soul of anyone that has been laboring in the desert of ministry drought—and it is exceptionally successful.

Book Review: God’s Potters: Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations, by Jackson W. Carroll

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 03.31.2010

How then should we measure excellence in ministers and churches? We should measure them entirely according to whether they are faithful to living by and proclaiming God’s Word.