Elders

Episode 45: On Elders’ Meetings (Part 2)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 03.27.2018

Jonathan and Mark continue their conversation on elders’ meetings, exploring questions like: should elders require unanimity? What should a new pastor do when he inherits a contentious elder? 

Episode 44: On Elders Meetings (Part 1)

Episode 44: On Elders’ Meetings (Part 1)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 03.20.2018

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Mark and Jonathan discuss the best practices for how to run an elders’ meeting.

Book Review: The Mentoring Church, by Phil Newton

Review by Bob Johnson | 03.19.2018

No matter the size of your membership, your church can (and must) pursue leadership training—and this book provides the tools to do it.

Book Review: Lies Pastors Believe, by Dayton Hartman

Review by Philip Van Steenburgh | 03.01.2018

This book is for both pastors who don’t think self-deception is a concern and pastors who know they can be self-deceived

Mailbag #73: Dealing with Cultural Commands in 1 Corinthians 11 . . . Must All Elders Be Teachers?

By J. Leeman, T. R. Schreiner | 02.23.2018

— How should we interpret the passages in 1 Corinthians 11 about women cutting their hair? — Should teaching be the primary function of every pastor/elder?

Book Review: Immeasurable, by Skye Jethani

By Aaron Menikoff | 02.12.2018

This book offers a thoughtful pushback against the pragmatic ministry mindset.

Mailbag #70: Should Our Congregation Appoint Temporary Elders from Outside Churches? . . . What Should Be the Goal of a Small-Group Bible Study?

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.02.2018

— Our church believes in elders, but currently no men are qualified. Should I recognize some outside pastors as “temporary elders”? — How should a small-group Bible study balance sound teaching with a desire for discussion?

Sometimes, Passivity Is Prideful

By Kyle Gregory | 12.15.2017

An elder’s authority must be carried out with both confidence and humility, as both an overseer and an example, recognizing both his God-given role and his deep need of God’s help.

Episode 28: On Seminary & Pastoral Training (with C. J. Mahaney)

By C. J. Mahaney, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.21.2017

Almost everyone agrees pastors need to be trained. But does this mean they must receive formal theological training from a seminary?

Pastoring a Rural Church Isn’t a “Lesser” Ministry

By Cheston Pickard | 11.13.2017

Whether we’re called to Farmington, Missouri or Washington, D.C, our goal is to help people do two things: understand the Bible and follow Jesus.

Book Review: Seven Leaders, by Iain Murray

Review by Max Benfer | 11.09.2017

This is a book about men of conviction, not men of convenience.

Mailbag #65: Distinctly Calvinist Statement of Faith? . . . When An Elder Isn’t “Apt to Teach”

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.20.2017

— What should a church include in its Statement of Faith? For example, should a SoF be explicitly Calvinistic? — How should a church handle a situation when it’s been determined an elder isn’t “apt to teach”?

Mailbag #63: How to Love Wayward Children; Is Plural Eldership Required or Encouraged?

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.06.2017

— How should we treat our 18-year-old daughter’s relationship with her girlfriend? How do we love them without condoning their sin? — Should all churches have a plurality of elders, or are there some churches that simply cannot have a plurality of elders?

VIDEO: How do you raise up leaders in poor communities?

9Marks | 07.13.2017

It’s not always a good thing for someone to have their “rough edges” knocked off. A man or woman can have character and rough edges, while still keeping their effectiveness for ministry.

Church Plants Need Pastors, Not Entrepreneurs

By Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

We often assume church planting requires more entrepreneurial skills than other pastoral contexts. Is that a fair assumption?