Church Planting and Revitalization
When Two Become One: Legal Considerations of a Church MergerBy Jonathan Rourke | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017
This article outlines the legal considerations of a church merger. It’s not a recipe for the success of the marriage, but a roadmap for blending families. It’s not very romantic, but it’s necessary.
Book Review: Proliferate: A Church Planting Strategy for Everyday Churches, by Jason CrandallReview by John Joseph | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017
As long as you’re aware of its errors, this book offers insights for the prospective church planter.
Planting Churches for Pleasure, Not for ProfitBy Nathan Knight | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017
What’s needed to plant a church isn’t the wisdom of Jim Collins, but the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Calculated Risks of Church Planting: Sending Your Best Members and EldersBy Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017
No matter the costs and effects of church planting on the planting church, the Lord is always faithful.
Anatomy of a Church MergerBy John Folmar | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017
Four things I learned from our successful and fruitful church merger—almost 20 years after it happened.
How to Merge Two Church CulturesBy Dave Russell | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017
In a church merger, you must understand the two existing cultures and lead them to become one. Here are five ways to do that.
You Can’t Plant a Church If You Don’t Know What a Church IsBy Nathan Knight | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.19.2017
Ecclesiology can’t be assumed nor should it be considered a distraction to the church planter’s “mission.”
Nine Lessons for Pastors Facing Leadership ConflictBy Peter Hess | 05.08.2017
Two years into our church plant, we faced our first major crisis. Here are nine takeaway lessons on dealing with church conflict.
Dear Wormwood . . .By Sean DeMars | 04.24.2017
I’m writing to you today because we’re concerned to see a steadily growing trend in America. It’s called “revitalization.”
Mailbag #59: Two Questions on “Re-Baptism”; The Importance of a Church’s ArchitectureBy Jonathan Leeman | 04.14.2017
— What are some of the pastoral principles, pitfalls, and guidelines when dealing with church members who doubt their baptism took place after their conversion? — A church member wants his daughter to be baptized twice, in two different churches. How should I respond? — As a church considers planting or revitalizing, how much should they take into account a building’s architecture?
Mailbag #58: Does the State or Church Have Authority to Marry; Counsel for Re-Writing Our ConstitutionBy Jonathan Leeman | 04.07.2017
— Who has the authority to marry: the state or the church? — Four brief questions from a pastor who’s rewriting his church’s constitution.
Episode 7: How to Leave Your Church WellBy J. Leeman, M. Dever | 03.28.2017
Jonathan chats with Mark about good and bad reasons to leave a church, and offers principles for leaving well once the decision has been made.
Episode 1: On Gospel Growth Beyond Your ChurchBy J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.14.2017
In the inaugural episode of our new podcast Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about seeing the gospel grow in your city, not just your church.
Book Review: Growing God’s Church, by Gary McIntoshReview by Matt Felton | 02.13.2017
But chasing after what works can become intoxicating Why? Precisely because it works! In fact, it can become so intoxicating that many pastors run right past the safety of God’s Word.
Churches in the United Arab Emirates: Lights in the DesertBy J. Mack Stiles | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.09.2016
Through the faithfulness of Christian doctors a generation ago, God gave churches favor in the eyes of the rulers of a nation in the heart of the Middle East. Through the recovery of one church, now many healthy churches are springing up in this desert country.