Our Church Wants a Plurality of Elders, But We Don’t Know Where to StartBy Dave Harvey | 05.17.2021
Transitioning to a plurality of elders is an urgent topic—for both planters and pastors who don’t yet have this structure. Why? Because the quality of your elder plurality determines in large part the health of your church. It really is that important.
10 Brief Reflections on an Elder’s CharacterBy Brandon Freeman | 02.01.2021
We must realize that character isn’t only necessary for ministry; character is itself a ministry.
Five Reflections on Pastoral DisagreementsBy Andy Naselli | 05.28.2020
When you and your fellow pastors don’t think unanimously about a practical shepherding issue, you should disagree with your fellow pastors with love and respect and without any anger or bitterness.
Fighting the Temptations of Successful LeadershipBy Jonathan Leeman | 04.02.2020
Good leadership aims for equality. The trouble is, good leadership creates clout, which strongly tempts leaders to forget the aim.
Embracing the Joys and Sacrifices of Our Distinct RolesBy Erik Raymond | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning | 12.10.2019
When we follow Jesus, our whole lives are to be a sacrifice.
Mailbag #88: Must Elders Agree on Tongues & Prophecy? . . . How Can We Wisely Hire a Pastor from Outside the Church?By D. Russell, J. Rinne | 08.09.2019
— How much agreement must elders have on the issue of tongues and prophecy? — In a congregational church, how should we hire a new pastor from the outside? How can we give enough time for the church to properly vet the candidate?
What Lay Elders Need to KnowBy Bradley Larson | 06.10.2019
Lay eldership is a high calling. But elders must recall that while the office they hold is important, they’re merely there to do Christ’s bidding.
Mailbag #82: How to Confront Those Who Rarely Attend Church . . . How Does 1 Timothy 5:17’s “Double Honor” Apply to Non-Staff Elders?By A. Duty, J. Rinne | 04.26.2019
— How should pastors confront members or regular attenders who are mere consumers or whose attendance is inconsistent? — How do you apply 1 Timothy 5:17’s “double honor” to non-paid elders? Is it even right to use this passage when determining paid elder compensation?
Mailbag #79: How Should Vocational Pastors Approach Their Own Giving to the Church? . . . How Do Deacons Relate to Elders?By J. Dunlop, J. de Koning | 03.29.2019
— Should vocational ministers tithe? Should a church then count on 10% of that staff member’s salary toward the budget? — Are deacons there just to “do what they’re told” by the elders? Should deacons be used as a means to develop future elders?
Mailbag #75: Does a Wife’s Alcoholism Disqualify a Deacon? . . . Should the Qualifications of a “Youth Pastor” Be Different? . . . Responding When We Feel “Pressured” to Join a ChurchBy A. Menikoff, A. Duty, P. Tibayan | 02.22.2019
Does a Wife’s Alcoholism Disqualify a Deacon? . . . Should the Qualifications of a “Youth Pastor” Be Different? . . . Responding When We Feel “Pressured” to Join a Church
The Pastor and Difficult Bioethical Decision MakingBy Jeremy Meeks | 12.10.2018
Here are eight maxims pastors ought to remember as they shepherd people through difficult bioethical decisions.
Book Review: Healthy Plurality = Durable Church, by Dave HarveyReview by Aaron Menikoff | 11.21.2018
This book isn’t a biblical defense for plural eldership. Rather, it’s a practical guide to assessing and improving the quality of your elder body.
Can We Restore Pastors After Sexual Sin: A Short AnswerBy John Piper | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018
Can we restore pastors after sexual sin?
When Your Pastor-Husband Looks at PornBy Carrie Kell | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018
The sting of pornography has struck many marriages. The way forward can feel confusing and demoralizing. But there’s hope.
Watch Out! To a Pastor Indulging in PornographyBy Andy Naselli | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018
Pastor, are you regularly indulging in pornography and rationalizing to yourself why it’s okay for you to do that? If that describes you, then you are in danger.