Book Review: Natural Church Development, by Christian Shwarz

Review by Brian Strider | 9Marks Journal: Corporate Prayer | 03.02.2010

Schwarz’s low view of Scripture is also seen in his desire to place natural observations and research along side of or verifying Scripture.

Book(s) Review: Who Runs the Church? and Perspectives on Church Government

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 03.02.2010

Multiple-views books like this provide a perfect opportunity—an opportunity neither book fully makes good on—to set the record straight about positions that are not mutually exclusive.

Book Review: The Living Church: Convictions of a Life Long Pastor, by John Stott

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.02.2010

I found myself deeply encouraged by the reflections of this life-long pastor, who has been such a clear gift to Christ’s church.

Book Review: Organic Church, by Neil Cole

Review by Kevin McFadden | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 03.02.2010

You may find this book helpful if you are a church planter, particularly in urban environment, but you’ll need to buttress it with books that have a more solid biblical ecclesiology.

Book Review: Multicultural Ministry, by David A. Anderson

Review by Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: Family & Parenting | 03.02.2010

As a result of reading Multicultural Ministry, I will pray more, read more Scripture, and consider ways in which I can be a more deliberate reconciler.

A Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum on Selecting Elders

By B. Keisling, E. Roberts, F. Catherwood, J. MacArthur, M. Lawrence, P. Newton, T. R. Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 1) | 03.01.2010

A Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum:

What lessons have you learned the hard way in selecting elders?

Answers from

An Elders’ Forum

By Forum | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 2) | 03.01.2010

Thinking back to when you first became an elder, what initial lesson(s) most stand out in equipping you to elder well?

Questions for Pastoral Candidates

By Paul Alexander | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Moves | 03.01.2010

What are some questions specific to pastoral fidelity that churches should be asking pastoral candidates? Here’s a starter set. Can you think of more?

A Pastor’s Forum

By Forum | 9Marks Journal: Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors | 03.01.2010

Do local churches have the responsibility to help raise up the next generation of pastors, and if so, why?

The first steps in changing church leadership structure

By Phil Newton | 03.01.2010

Changes in the leadership structure require devotion to the church and willingness to endure whatever unsettling times might follow.

How to Change Your Church

By Mark Dever | 03.01.2010

As a pastor, your greatest power to help your congregation change comes not through your forceful personality, but through years of faithful, patient teaching.

Class VIII: Church Leadership

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.01.2010

Through submission we model the godly humility that should characterize us as a church, and we maintain our Christian unity in the midst of disagreement.

Class V: Church Government

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.01.2010

What exactly is church government? Put simply, it’s the system by which decisions are made in a church, a description of where authority resides.

Things I’ve Seen and Heard — When Pastors Gather

By Matt Schmucker | 03.01.2010

Biblically speaking, being a leader in a church is far more than “counting numbers and noses.”

Who is responsible for planning weekly worship services?

By Tom Nettles | 03.01.2010

An ongoing study of the hymn repertoire, past and present, is a task that the pastor should make a part of his duties.