Practically speaking, how can a pastor plan services?


When planning services, each pastor should do whatever works best for himself. That said, here is the broad outline of how one pastor does it (Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC).

What’s the goal of service planning?


The goal of service planning is to craft a unified service that clearly communicates the gospel, makes the sermon the centerpiece of the service, and impresses people with the glory of God.

Why should a pastor or elder plan church services?


A pastor or elder should generally plan church services because the whole service is part of the teaching ministry of the church, which is entrusted to the elders (1 Tim. 3:2; 1 Thess. 5:12-13).

How can I grow my church?

The short answer is, you can’t. You can faithfully scatter the seed of the Word, but only God can make it grow (1 Cor. 3:6). You can faithfully call people to turn from their sin and trust in Christ, but only God grants faith and repentance (Phil. 1:29; Acts 11:18). You can alert people to the danger of their state, but only God can raise them from spiritual death (Eph. 2:1, 5).

What weight should pastors give to numerical growth?

Pastors should consider dozens of different factors in evaluating their ministry. Numerical growth should be one of the items on that list. However, it should probably fall pretty low on that list, under things such as: Faithful preaching Faithful praying Faithful living Faithful evangelizing A congregation’s spiritual health

What is success in ministry? How can it be measured?


That’s a tough question to answer because competing principles are at play.

1. Measuring the supernatural? Supernatural fruitfulness cannot always be measured.

2. Success equals faithfulness. One of our most important criteria for success should be whether or not a man is faithfully preaching the Word and living a life of conformity to the Word.

What unique opportunities are afforded by pastoring a multi-ethnic church?


Pastoring a multi-ethnic church affords a unique opportunity to:

What are some of the challenges of pastoring a multi-ethnic church?


In a multi-ethnic church it can be particularly difficult to:

Should pastors try to be cool?


Many people assume that the best way to reach people is to be like them. So, if pastors want to reach cool people, they should try to be cool. But there are several problems with the idea that pastors should try to be cool:

How important is it for pastors to follow the latest bands and movies in order keep up with culture?


Not very.

How should biblical theology inform pastoral counseling?

A pastor should apply all of Scripture to his people’s lives in light of the gospel. Biblical theology teaches a pastor how to do this. And this enables Christians to draw comfort, encouragement, and hope from all of Scripture, even parts of it that seem more distant from our lives.

If you’re interviewing to be the pastor of a new church, what are some questions you should be sure to ask?

By Colin Adams | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Moves | 03.08.2010

A list of theological, philosophy of ministry, and personal questions.

Book Review: Why Men Do Not Go to Church, by Cortland Myers (1899)

Review by Ken Barbic | 9Marks Journal: Biblical Theology | 03.08.2010

Today is the age of target marketing. Savvy advertisers constantly ask themselves, "How can we make our product more desirable to the various groups who are presently unaware of its benefits?"

It’s in this vein that Cortland Myers raises the question in his book by the title, "Why do men not go to church?" This is, he says, "one of the burning questions of the hour."

Book Review: Why Men Hate Going to Church, by David Murrow

Review by Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Biblical Theology | 03.06.2010

Churches have shifted toward a style that is comfortable for the stereotypical woman—at the expense of the stereotypical man.

Book Review: Manly Dominion: In a Passive-Purple-Four-Ball World, by Mark Chanski

Review by Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Biblical Theology | 03.06.2010

This book is superb. It will train the godly men of today to raise the godly men of tomorrow.