Pastoring

Elders Are to Be Hospitable, Not Just Their Wives

By Kent Butterfield | 10.15.2018

May all elders have the reputation that they are given to hospitality.

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.

Should Pastors Talk about Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday?

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.04.2018

You don’t have to address Brett Kavanaugh this Sunday. But if you do, don’t pick a side.

How to Encourage Your People Just Like the Apostle Paul

By Matthew Fletcher | 09.04.2018

A simple idea for pastors to encourage their people—just like the apostle Paul.

Book Review: Practicing the Power, by Sam Storms

Review by Paul Martin | 08.16.2018

Sam Storms’ recent book is a field guide for Reformed churches to introduce charismatic practices into the life of the assembly.

Pastoral Burnout - 9Marks podcast

Episode 56: On Pastoral Burnout

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Mark and Jonathan discuss the subject of burnout, particularly how it happens and what church leaders can do to avoid it in the first place.

The Greatest Cure for Pastoral Burnout Is Christ Himself

By Nick Roark | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

May the mighty promises of Christ fuel our faith until, at last, we see him face to face.

Pastoring Amid Depression

By John Starke | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

It should not then surprise you, pastor, that you may experience depression—even though you’ve never experienced it before.

A Taxonomy of At-Risk Pastors

By Jeramie Rinne | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Consider these five categories of at-risk pastors.

When Your Husband Is Burnt Out

By Anna Moore | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Perhaps you’re just beginning your journey as a pastor’s wife. Perhaps you’ve been one far longer than me. Whatever the case, remember and rejoice in the gospel. Draw near to Christ. He, above all, will sustain you and restore your joy.

How My Mega-Church Hasn’t Burnt Me Out

By Mark Vroegop | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

I’ve been leading a mega-church for over a decade. While it’s not always easy, it hasn’t killed me. It hasn’t burnt me out—at least not yet.

How My Small Church Hasn’t Burnt Me Out

By Jonathan Worsley | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

My small church hasn’t killed me yet. In fact, it’s grown me.

Waiting On the Lord to Renew Our Strength: Reflections on Pastoral Burnout

By Ray Ortlund | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Burnout means something way down deep just collapses, and we can’t keep going.

One Cure for Burnout: A Plurality of Like-Minded Shepherds

By Jason Dees | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

If you currently pastor a congregation that has no qualified men other than yourself, then you should do two things: begin earnestly praying for such men and, second, perhaps reconsider if your standards are loftier than the Bible’s.

Am I Burnt Out? 30 Useful Questions

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures | 07.17.2018

Here are 30 questions—15 internal and 15 external—to ask yourself to discover whether or not you’re on the road to burnout.