Pastoring

Joy for Joyless Pastors’ Wives

By Keri Folmar | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning | 12.10.2019

So if you’re bogged down and unable to see the importance of your ministry, get up to the crest of the hill and survey your husband’s work. The fruit he bears is the fruit of your ministry too.

The Sweet Rewards of a Quiet Ministry

By Erin Wheeler | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning | 12.10.2019

As a woman, I’ve had to wrestle with God through some of the seasons where ministry opportunities took the backseat, where they were almost invisible.

4 Members Who Tear Down the Church

By Chopo Mwanza | 11.08.2019

All these members have a common thread: self-centeredness. They’ve missed the very essence of salvation; they’ve failed to love God and love people with every ounce of their being.

6 Members Who Build Up the Church

By Chopo Mwanza | 11.04.2019

Dear church member, pursue these qualities in your own life and encourage them in others.

9 Suggestions for Better Members’ Meetings

9 Suggestions for Better Members’ Meetings

By Brad Wheeler | 10.28.2019

Do member’s meetings always have to end in bitterness and bickering? I don’t think so. Here are nine suggestions to help set members’ meetings on the right track.

John Bunyan and Pastoral Calling

By Matt Haste | 10.11.2019

Bunyan and the Puritans understood the high calling of the pastorate and were eager to protect the office. They offer a wise example for helping young men determine if they are called by God to serve as pastors today. 

Pastor, Don’t Waste Your Spiritually Dry Seasons

By Jeff Mooney | 09.09.2019

Every Christian—and every pastor—has spiritually dry seasons. How do we handle them?

The Necessity of Penal Substitution for Suffering Saints

By Whitney Woollard | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

The doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement keeps me sane and secure amid suffering.

Pastoring Abuse Sufferers with the Doctrine of Penal Substitutionary Atonement

By Mez McConnell | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

As a former victim and as a pastor to the abused, I wish to look at some of the practical implications of holding to PSA.

How to Explain Covenantal Headship to Your Members 

By Harry Fujiwara | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

In explaining covenantal headship to your members, it will be helpful to walk them through three closely related biblical truths: total depravity, the virgin birth, and substitutionary atonement.

Nothing To Be Ashamed Of: Penal Substitutionary Atonement In Honor-Shame Cultures

By A. Samuel, A. Sequeira | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Penal substitution offers a helpful corrective to those living in an honor-shame culture, and helps them rightly understand their status before God and what God has done for sinners in Jesus Christ.

“Jesus Died for Sinners”: Do Your People Know What This Actually Means?

By Conrad Mbewe | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Some professing Christians don’t know what it means when we say “Jesus died for you.” Pulpits are to blame for this serious confusion.

In Ministry, Joy and Sorrow Don’t Cancel Each Other Out

By Winston T. Smith | 07.15.2019

The victory of sin and death and the presence of suffering are only temporary in light of Jesus’ resurrection.

7 Well-Meaning Objections to Church Discipline — And How Pastors Ought to Respond to Them

By C. Greggsen, S. Emadi | 07.05.2019

Let’s briefly consider some of the “good-faith” objections to discipline we’ve encountered and how we try to help church members understand the theological principles undergirding discipline.

Pastoring and the Art of Balance

By J. Beeke, P. Smalley | 06.17.2019

God’s promise of a transformed community (Jer. 3:17) comes with a promise of competent pastoral care.