Discipleship

How to Conduct a Membership Interview

How to Conduct a Membership Interview

By PJ Tibayan | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

The two-pronged goal of an interview is to (1) disciple the person, and (2) discern whether their profession of faith in Jesus is credible. You want to disciple and discern.

We Need to Help New Converts from Non-Christian Backgrounds Honor Their Families

By Ajith Fernando | 03.28.2019

It’s vital for older Christians to talk often with new Christians, making sure that in following Christ, they haven’t unduly harmed their relationship with their family.

How We Fixed Our Sleepy and Unspiritual Members’ Meetings

Review by Josh de Koning | 01.18.2019

About five years ago, I realized our members’ meetings were sleepy and overly informational. So we’ve changed them.

Five Encouragements for Pastors Intimidated by Biblical Counseling

By Edward T. Welch | 12.17.2018

While caring for those who are suffering, many pastors are tempted to feel overwhelmed and under-qualified. If that’s you, pastor, here are five things to remember.

The Pastor and Difficult Bioethical Decision Making

By Jeremy Meeks | 12.10.2018

Here are eight maxims pastors ought to remember as they shepherd people through difficult bioethical decisions.

Your Lord’s Day Might Be Someone Else’s Way of Escape

By Rosaria Butterfield | 11.14.2018

Have you ever thought that you, your house, and your time are not your own but rather God’s ordained way of escape for someone?

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How to Counsel Couples Through Past Sexual Sin

By Scott Croft | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018

Practically, let’s talk about when and how pastors can guide dating or engaged couples through difficult conversations about past sexual sin.

How to Make Your Church a Safe Space for Confession

By PJ Tibayan | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018

Local churches ought to be the “safest space” for Christians to confess sins in general and sins tied to pornography in particular.

Are There Good and Bad Kinds of Accountability?

By Jaime Owens | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018

We need to foster better, more vertical accountability in our churches. How do we do that?

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How Do Church Members Fight Porn Addiction Together?

By Deepak Reju | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018

What would it mean to fight pornography together? What would it look like to cultivate a culture where leaders and members help one another?

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When Your Pastor-Husband Looks at Porn

By 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.

Helping Women Who Struggle with Pornography

By Stephanie Laferriere | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018

“Men, what do you view on your screens when no one is watching?” This question will bury some women in shame.

Book(s) Review: Hide or Seek, by John Freeman; Sexual Sanity For Men, by David White

Review by Raymond Johnson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018

Sexual wholeness is vital to healing, and these resources will help pastors better structure small groups in ways that facilitate a more open and safe place for people to come and share their experiences and struggles.

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What to Say When a Church Member Asks for Help

By Clint Darst | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018

When a church member first confesses pornography consumption, they’re usually relieved to admit their battle and get help in their fight.

The Sins Behind the Sin of Pornography

By John Henderson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018

Pornography flourishes under the right conditions—within a broader ecosystem of sins, struggles, and situations. It never operates in isolation.