Pastor's Talk

Episode 15: On How Quickly a Pastor Should Make Changes

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 05.24.2017

It’s tempting for a new pastor to show up with a laundry list of problems that need to be fixed. But that approach almost never works.

Episode 14: How the “Senior Pastor” Relates to Other Pastors

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 05.16.2017

If you’ve served in a church with a plurality of elders, then you’ve felt tension over questions about how the “senior” pastor relates to other pastors.

Episode 13: On Being a Word-Centered Church

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 05.09.2017

How can I grow my church? If your answer doesn’t mention God’s Word, then you’re starting in the wrong place.

Episode 12: On Small Groups

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 05.02.2017

These days, small groups are quite common. But are they enough for community and accountability? What’s the best way to do small groups such that they don’t interfere with the regular Sunday gathering?

Episode 11: On Being “Called” to Ministry

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 04.25.2017

Jonathan asked Mark about common misconceptions of pastoral calling, how pastors can cultivate an environment where callings get tested, and the role of the church throughout.

Episode 10: Should A Church Reflect Its Surrounding Community?

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 04.18.2017

Does your congregation look like the people who live around it? If not, does it matter? How important is it that a church reflects its surrounding community?

Episode 9: On the Use and Abuse of Authority

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 04.10.2017

Authority is God’s good and dangerous gift. Therefore, it’s important for pastors and church leaders to exercise their authority well, and in doing so image God.

Episode 8: What Makes a Good Pastor?

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 04.04.2017

How do we know what makes a good pastor? Jonathan chats with Mark about what a pastor is, and what it means to take a pastoral approach to Christian ministry.

Episode 7: How to Leave Your Church Well

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 03.28.2017

Jonathan chats with Mark about good and bad reasons to leave a church, and offers principles for leaving well once the decision has been made.

Episode 6: On Pastoring Singles

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.21.2017

Jonathan sits down with Mark to ask him questions from our new Journal: Pastoring Singles.

Episode 5: On Political Disagreements in the Church

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 03.14.2017

We live in politically contentious times. Jonathan Leeman sat down with Mark Dever to chat about how to pastor people faithfully amidst political disagreement.

Episode 4: On Receiving Criticism as a Pastor

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 03.07.2017

Jonathan sits down with Mark to chat about receiving criticism well, the dangers of avoiding criticism altogether, and how to build into a church structures that cultivate a culture of giving and receiving godly criticism.

Episode 3: On Sermon Application

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.28.2017

If a preacher is doing his job well, then he’s not only explaining what a text means, but also applying that meaning to the lives of his hearers. In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about the difficult task of sermon application.

Episode 2: On Pastoring in the Age of Social Media

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.21.2017

A mere ten years ago, social media didn’t exist. Now it’s everywhere. Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to chat about the difficulties of pastoring in the age of social media.

Episode 1: On Gospel Growth Beyond Your Church

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.14.2017

In the inaugural episode of our new podcast Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about seeing the gospel grow in your city, not just your church.