Pastoring

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.

Don’t Speak Up: On the Spiritual Discipline of Silence

By Mark Dever | 09.15.2017

Jesus teaches in Matthew 7:6 that loving others involves exercising discernment. And sometimes discernment results in prayerful silence.

A Conversation about Missions with Andy Johnson

By A. Duke, A. Johnson | 09.13.2017

Our editorial manager Alex Duke sat down with author Andy Johnson to talk about his new book Missions and the importance of being intentional in our missionary endeavors.

4 Lies that Cause Pastors to Neglect their Families

By Jaime Owens | 08.25.2017

Among young pastors and church planters, there’s no less than a deluge of pressure to give every waking moment to our churches, to the neglect of our families. But brothers, it should never be so.

“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.

Thinking Through the Missionary’s Influence in a New Church

By Scott Williamson | 08.04.2017

What role should cross-cultural church planters play in a new church plant?

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.

Music for the Church

Music for the Church: Mark Dever Interviews Keith Getty

By K. Getty, M. Dever | 07.18.2017

Mark Dever recently sat down with hymn writer and musician Keith Getty to talk about music for the church. Listen to the interview below.

VIDEO: How do you raise up leaders in poor communities?

9Marks | 07.13.2017

It’s not always a good thing for someone to have their “rough edges” knocked off. A man or woman can have character and rough edges, while still keeping their effectiveness for ministry.

VIDEO: What’s wrong with evangelistic programs?

By J. Mack Stiles | 07.11.2017

The problem with evangelistic programs is that they often make you feel like you’ve done evangelism—when you actually haven’t.

Church Plants Need Pastors, Not Entrepreneurs

By Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

We often assume church planting requires more entrepreneurial skills than other pastoral contexts. Is that a fair assumption?

The Loneliness of Church Planting

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

An enchantment with the city isn’t the same as a biblical love for the city, and it won’t sustain you in the long run.

How to Do Ministry When You Don’t Have Money

By Brian Davis | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

How do you serve the Lord as a church planter while broke?

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.