Leadership

Without Exception: How to Handle Exceptions to the Statement of Faith

Without Exception: How to Handle Exceptions to the Statement of Faith

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

What do we do when someone takes exception to our church’s statement of faith?

How Church Membership is Misunderstood, Misapplied, and Abused

How Church Membership is Misunderstood, Misapplied, and Abused

By Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Pastors committed to the importance of church membership need to be cautious. In our righteous zeal to address deficient views of the church, we may be tempted to an unrighteous zeal.

Mailbag #81: Helping a Church Grow in Discipling . . . How to Receive Members Who Left a Former Church Poorly.

By B. Johnson, J. de Koning | 04.19.2019

— How can I help my church grow in discipling? — Receiving members who left their former church on bad terms.

Book Review: How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins

Review by Phil Newton | 01.11.2019

While it is certain that Scroggins’ book will get wide readership, I think the book fits best outside of local church leadership structures.

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.

Book Review: Some Pastors and Teachers, by Sinclair Ferguson

Review by Mike McGregor | 11.30.2018

This excellent new book could rightly be called “The Collected Works of Sinclair Ferguson on Pastoral Ministry.”

Book Review: Healthy Plurality = Durable Church, by Dave Harvey

Review 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.

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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.

Can We Restore Pastors After Sexual Sin: A Longer Answer

By Jared C. Wilson | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018

When a pastor has disqualified himself from his ministry, is he disqualified from ministry altogether? If so, for how long? Forever? Can he ever be restored? If so, how soon?

How To Have Elders Without Actually Having Elders

By Walter Price | 10.26.2018

If I wanted to transition the church toward being elder-led, then I knew I faced a long, uphill struggle, if not outright war. So I did what my old pastor suggested. I had elders without having elders. Let me explain.

The Story of John Calvin and Martin Bucer

By Geoff Chang | 10.12.2018

Through his friendship with Martin Bucer, Calvin learned not only how to be a better pastor, but he also grew as a Christian in patience and humility.

On Teaching the Church about the Church

Episode 59: On Teaching the Church about the Church

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.09.2018

Pastors must teach the church about what a church is. If they don’t, who will?

Not Satisfied with Our Shepherding Yet—But Doing Much Better than Before

By Bob Johnson | 09.11.2018

Can you imagine what it’s like to go home after a leadership meeting with the knowledge that you were actually fulfilling your God-given mandate?

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.

4 Ways to Become an Effective Role Player in Your Church

By Joseph Dicks | 08.10.2018

Like a successful team, every healthy church has both leaders and role players.