Elders

Book Review: When Darkness Seems My Closest Friend, by Mark Meynell

Review by Nathan Loudin | 08.20.2018

Simply put, this book isn’t meant to equip pastors for pastoral ministry to a depressed world. It’s a book for pastors who wrestle with depression themselves.

The Church Needs Fewer Men Who Feel “Called” to Ministry

By Dayton Hartman | 08.13.2018

We need fewer men who feel “called” and more men who aspire to the office of elder.

Church Members Must Watch Their Elders’ Life & Doctrine

By Erik Raymond | 08.07.2018

In a healthy church, the relationship between elders and church members will be characterized by trust.

A Taxonomy of At-Risk Pastors

By Jeramie Rinne | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Consider these five categories of at-risk pastors.

One Cure for Burnout: A Plurality of Like-Minded Shepherds

By Jason Dees | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

If you currently pastor a congregation that has no qualified men other than yourself, then you should do two things: begin earnestly praying for such men and, second, perhaps reconsider if your standards are loftier than the Bible’s.

Book Review — Biblical Leadership: Theology for the Everyday Leader, edited by Benjamin Forrest and Chet Roden

Review by Jeremy Kimble | 07.09.2018

Books on leadership abound. With so many resources on the topic, one wonders if there’s really anything new to say.

Book Review: 15 Things Seminary Couldn’t Teach Me, Edited by Collin Hansen and Jeff Robinson

Review by Gustav Pritchard | 06.15.2018

Classroom learning has severe limits in preparing one for the real world of work. Much of the skill in any vocation—ministry or otherwise—is only acquired on the job after years of experience.

Benefits and Negatives of a Long-Term Pastorate

By Ron Pracht | 05.10.2018

One pastor reflects on more than 45 years of service in one place.

Should Elders Insist on Unanimity?

By Jamie Dunlop | 05.03.2018

We should value trust more highly than agreement.

Episode 50 - On Associate Pastors

Episode 50: On the Role of Associate Pastors

By B. Jamieson, J. Dunlop, J. Leeman | 05.01.2018

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman sits down with pastors Jamie Dunlop and Bobby Jamieson to discuss their roles, and how their work complements Mark’s as the senior pastor. 

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?