Pastors Talk is a weekly conversation between Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever about practical aspects of the Christian life and pastoral ministry.

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Episode 193: On Top 2021 News Stories for Pastors (with Collin Hansen & Garrett Kell)

By C. Hansen, G. Kell, J. Leeman | 12.21.2021

Last week, Collin Hansen reflected on the top stories of last year. So we had him and Garrett Kell on this episode of Pastors Talk to think through each of these stories pastorally.

On Pastoral Ministry in Post-Christian Sweden (with Johnny Lithell, Ben Lacey, and Caleb Morell) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 192

By B. Lacey, C. Morell, J. Lithell, M. Dever | 12.14.2021

Mark Dever, Caleb Morell, and Ben Lacey chat with Swedish pastor Johnny Lithell about the ups and downs of ministry in a place with so few Christians. 

On Pastoral Patience – Part 2 (with John Folmar & Josh Manley) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 191

By J. Folmar, J. Leeman, J. Manley, M. Dever | 12.07.2021

How slowly should a pastor change things in a church? Jonathan chats with Mark Dever, John Folmar, and Josh Manley, in this second conversation about pastoral patience.

On Pastoral Patience – Part 1 (with John Folmar & Josh Manley) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 190

By J. Folmar, J. Leeman, J. Manley, M. Dever | 11.30.2021

Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever talk to Josh Manley and John Folmar about Christianity in Afghanistan and the UAE, and the necessity of pastoral patience.

How Can I Support International Missions? (with Mark Collins) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 189

By J. Leeman, M. Collins, M. Dever | 11.23.2021

Church members ought to know their missionaries. How can pastors facilitate that relationship?

On Sound Doctrine and the Problems with the “Deconstruction” Project (Pastors Talk, Ep. 188)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.16.2021

In this episode, Mark interviews Jonathan about our new Journal—Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry—and, in particular, his very long Editor’s Note, which focuses on the problems of the “deconstruction” project.

On Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (4th Edition) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 187

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.09.2021

In this Pastors Talk episode, Jonathan chats with Mark about “Nine Marks of a Healthy Church”, and how this hardcover edition introduces two “additional” marks.

On Gentle and Lowly (with Dane Ortlund) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 186

By D. Ortlund, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.02.2021

“Jesus is not who you think he is.”

On The Path to Being a Pastor — Part 2 (with Bobby Jamieson) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 185

By B. Jamieson, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.26.2021

In a previous conversation, Jonathan chatted with Mark and Bobby about the value of going slowly down the road toward pastoral ministry, of being “filtered.” In this follow-up conversation, they discuss a host of other topics: character qualifications, marriage, biblical knowledge, devotional life, and more.

Episode 184: On The Path to Being a Pastor — Part 1 (with Bobby Jamieson)

By B. Jamieson, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.19.2021

The path to being a pastor is often slow—and that’s a good thing!

On Church-Centered Missions vs Movement-Driven Missions (Pastors Talk, Ep. 183)

By A. Sequeira, B. Buser, J. Mack Stiles, J. Leeman, S. Logsdon | 10.12.2021

Jonathan Leeman chats with Mack Stiles, Brooks Buser, Scott Logsdon, and Aubrey Sequeira about two diverging approaches to the obeying the Great Commission.

On How Buildings Turn Churches into Time Machines (with Adam Sinnett) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 182

By A. Sinnett, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.05.2021

Some people say that investing in a bigger building is at odds with investing in the Great Commission. Is that the case?

On Translating Books and the Great Commission (with Rick Denham, Daniel Henderson and David Adams) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 181

By D. Henderson, D. Adams, R. Denham | 09.28.2021

What does translating books have to do with the Great Commission? Jonathan Leeman sat down with three international publishers to talk about that question.

On Filtering Pastoral Candidates (with Bobby Jamieson) | Pastors Talk, Ep. 180

By B. Jamieson, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 09.21.2021

Men who aspire to be a pastor need to be “filtered.” What does that mean?

Episode 179: On How to Plant a Church (with Eric Bancroft & Matt Smethurst)

By E. Bancroft, J. Leeman, M. Smethurst | 09.14.2021

Is being a church planter different than being a pastor? What can the book of Acts teach us about church planting?