Pastoring

Pastors, Fight Against Fear of Man by Fighting for the Fear of the Lord

By Dave Cook | 05.10.2021

It’s possible to be afraid of God, but the man who rightly fears God enjoys the thrill, the breathlessness, the awe of glimpsing God’s glory. This man knows his own smallness—and doesn’t mind it.

How to Pastor When Sanctification Becomes Illegal

By Murray Campbell | 02.18.2021

I now live and pastor in a State where, before long, genuine conversion to Christ—and the life of holiness that ensures—may be deemed illegal. So what should I do?

Book Review: 40 Questions About Pastoral Ministry, by Phil Newton

Review by Mark Redfern | 02.11.2021

Newton’s book gripped my heart, brought tears to my eyes, encouraged my faith, and put resolve in my soul.

Heavenly Helps for Pastoral Problems: 7 Ways Heaven Helps Us Overcome Challenges in Ministry

By Mark Redfern | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Paul repeatedly connects the implications of eternal life to his pastoral labor. In this article, I will highlight seven of those implications.

Tend Your Heart: Drinking from the Fountain of Mirth

By David Mathis | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Brothers, we have permission to set aside our next sermon, open the Book, and simply tend to our own heart for an unhurried season each day.

Preach, Pray, Love, and Stay

By M. Dever, P. Alexander | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

When I was interviewing with Capitol Hill Baptist Church before they called me to be their pastor, someone asked me if I had a program or plan to implement for growth. Here’s how I responded.

What to Remember When It’s Going Well

By Ray Ortlund | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

When the ministry is going well, remember that tomorrow’s setbacks and reversals will be bent around in God’s mighty hands into yet more blessing.

What to Remember When It’s Going Poorly

By Ray Ortlund | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

What should we remember when tragedy overwhelms us, or when we lose our way in confusion, or when we seem unable to please anyone and the congregation is stiff and cold—or even walking out?

Love Your Flock

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Of all the places where people should hear that they are loved, they should hear it in the church—especially from their pastor.

It’s Not All About Preaching: Why Pastors Need to Care about Administration

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Do pastors need to care about administration?

Be Hospitable

By Matt Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

We shouldn’t spend all of our time buried in books. Instead we should talk about those books with others, perhaps even over a meal.

Be Courageous! Don’t Avoid Hard or Awkward Conversations

By Andy Davis | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Pastors can neither be people-pleasers on the one side, nor take pleasure in hurting people on the other. A loving courage for the sake of the final blessedness of the flock is the goal.

Parenting Advice for Pastors

By Ed Moore | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.29.2020

Listen to these points with a discerning ear and apply them by grace as they relate to you.

Gifted and Godly . . . But Especially Godly

By Bert Daniel | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.29.2020

In his letter to Timothy, Paul spends more ink on pastoral godliness than he does on giftedness.

A Published Homage to My Unpublished Dad

By Caleb Batchelor | 06.19.2020

I love my dad and I’m writing to honor him. But I also want to commend his example to other pastors.