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

3ABC Constitution  Since it pleased Almighty God, by His Holy Spirit, to call certain of His servants to unite here in 1894 under the name [NAME OF CHURCH] of [CITY, … keep reading…

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.

The Fruit Grown in a Flock by Pastoral Encouragement

By Bob Johnson | 09.02.2022

Encouragement is incredibly attractive. It’s a godly grace that reinforces gospel fruit. Younger pastors may not realize how important it is.

Only Use Authority in the Fear of God

By Mark Dever | 08.29.2022

Is all authority abusive? Is all authority—by virtue of one person having power over another person—in its very nature, abusive?

Do Elders Receive Their Authority by Congregational Vote?

By Caleb Morell | 08.19.2022

Is the congregation, by affirming an elder through congregational vote, conferring authority upon him or simply recognizing him as a God-given gift to the congregation? 

Preacher, Don’t Forget to Speak to the Children

By Ray Van Neste | 08.16.2022

Week in and week out, the same group of unconverted people come to our worship services—and we practically ignore them.

Book Review: Megachurch Christianity Reconsidered, by Wanjiru M. Gitau

Review by Conrad Mbewe | 08.11.2022

In ‘Megachurch Christianity Reconsidered’, you have a Christian who is also a social scientist using her professional tools to understand why one church in Nairobi, Kenya has flourished among and impacted a generation of millennials. 

Working Harder Than Any of Them

By Nick Gardner | 08.08.2022

The temptation for slothfulness and inattentiveness to the pastoral office is still present in our day, whether through excessive social media use or the general temptation to be lazy, brought on through material prosperity.

Book Review: Mission Affirmed, by Elliot Clark

Review by Matt Rhodes | 08.04.2022

If you’re trying to answer the question, “How can sending churches partner fruitfully with missionaries?” then you might want to start by reading this book.

Love for the Immigrant Church is Patient

By John Lee | 08.02.2022

Some in the immigrant-church conversation are tired and ready to quit. Others insist on immediate change. How should we approach this discussion?

How Should Immigrant Congregations Who Speak Different Languages Relate to One Another?

By John Lee | 07.11.2022

Could the way congregations of different languages relate to one another be informed by how denominations connect churches?