Leadership

Five Lessons after 30 Years of Pastoring in Zambia

By Conrad Mbewe | 09.20.2017

I have neither felt underutilized nor overburdened. I am neither bored nor burnt-out. I am only grateful.

“What Do You Want?”: Pastoral Reflections on Faithfulness

By Aaron Menikoff | 08.07.2017

We may share the gospel a thousand times, and never see a convert. It’s our job to be faithful. The rest is up to God.

Ministry to Women When There’s No “Women’s Ministry”

By Carrie Russell | 07.31.2017

Events and programs aren’t bad. But when we depend on them to do all the work of discipling and relationship-building, we should expect them to eventually fail.

There Are Souls to Be Saved: How Can We Rest?

By David Murray | 07.24.2017

The theological root of so much burnout is a failure to believe in the sovereignty of God. We simply don’t trust God to do the work that only he can do.

Book Review: Reset, by David Murray

Review by Daniel Patterson | 07.19.2017

If you know a pastor, he likely feels overworked and exhausted; he’d be greatly helped by this book.

The Church Planter’s Second Priority: Raising Up Leaders

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

By developing other leaders who can teach, disciple, evangelize, counsel, and shepherd the flock, you raise up others who can care for the health of all the church members.

What I Learned from Two Failed Church Mergers

By Matthew Cunningham | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

I’ve attempted to lead our church toward two church mergers, but neither have worked out. Here’s what I’ve learned.

The Calculated Risks of Church Planting: Sending Your Best Members and Elders

By Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

No matter the costs and effects of church planting on the planting church, the Lord is always faithful.

Anatomy of a Church Merger

By John Folmar | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

Four things I learned from our successful and fruitful church merger—almost 20 years after it happened.

How to Merge Two Church Cultures

By Dave Russell | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

In a church merger, you must understand the two existing cultures and lead them to become one. Here are five ways to do that.

Book Review: Pastoral Preaching, by Conrad Mbewe

Review by Tim Cantrell | 05.31.2017

What a joy to see the African church finding its own voice through books such as this.

Book Review: The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb, by Jamin Goggin & Kyle Strobel

Review by Matt Felton | 05.25.2017

The work of pastoring is the work of stewarding power. This book will help all pastors—and especially young ones—to do that well.

A New Resource to Teach People about the Church

Review by Vergil Brown | 05.17.2017

These resources will give both church leaders and church members a clear and compelling vision of their role in God’s work.

Book Review: The Heart, Character, and Life of the Church, by Joe Thorn

Review by Zach Schlegel | 05.10.2017

If you’re looking for an accessible, Reformed Baptist introduction on the doctrine of the church, this is a resource I’m happy to recommend.

Episode 12: On Small Groups

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 05.02.2017

These days, small groups are quite common. But are they enough for community and accountability? What’s the best way to do small groups such that they don’t interfere with the regular Sunday gathering?