Leadership

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?

Episode 27: On How Churches Should Find a New Pastor

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.14.2017

Looking for a pastor? Here’s how Mark Dever suggests churches might resist common wisdom in their search.

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.

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”?

Wise Men are Men, and Truth is Truth

By Brad Littlejohn | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

How do we cope with the legacy of such flawed heroes?

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.