9Marks Mailbag

Mailbag #8: Confidentiality among Elders; Meaningful Membership; Can an Elder Be Single?; and Young Earth Creationism

By Jonathan Leeman | 05.04.2015

—How should elders practice confidentiality? —Can an elder/pastor be single? —How do I make membership more meaningful at my church? —Should young earth creationism be a test of orthodoxy?

Mailbag #7—Cake-baking Principles; Two Services or One; Youth Pastors; & A Discipline Issue

By Jonathan Leeman | 04.24.2015

Mailbag #7—Cake-baking Principles; Two Services or One; Youth Pastors; & A Discipline Issue

Mailbag #6: Pastors’ Wives, Taking Oaths, Pastors & Administration Work

By Jonathan Leeman | 04.17.2015

—Can I pastor’s wife work outside the home? —Is it permissible to sign a church covenant? Didn’t Jesus forbid oath-taking? —My church wants me to focus more on administration and less on shepherding. Aren’t they misunderstanding what a pastor is?

Mailbag #5: Not Baptizing Children, Small Groups, Elders and Porn—Again 

By Jonathan Leeman | 04.10.2015

—Should we baptize children? —What’s better, small groups or one-on-one discipleship? —How do pastors balance being a model to the flock while still confessing their fallibility?

Mailbag #4: Gospel Culture, Elders and Porn

By Jonathan Leeman | 03.27.2015

—My church is growing in number but not in grace. What can I do about it? —I struggled with porn five years ago. Am I qualified to be an elder?

Mailbag #3: Plagiarizing Pastor, Membership Interview

By Jonathan Leeman | 03.20.2015

My pastor is plagiarizing. What should I do?

Mailbag #2: Deaconess Qualifications, Private Baptisms, Knowing Members’ Giving

By Jonathan Leeman | 03.13.2015

If you have a question for us, please send it to mailbag@www.9marks.org. Thank you!

Mailbag #1—Lent, Mid-life Pastor, Elder Agenda

By Jonathan Leeman | 03.06.2015

Do you practice Lent? How should I behave toward my nominal Christian brother? How should understand my “calling” to vocational ministry?

Introducing the 9Marks Mailbag

By A. Duke, J. Leeman | 03.04.2015

Introducing a new feature on the 9Marks site.