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 29: On Sermon Preparation

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.28.2017

How long should a preacher prep for his sermons? When and how should he consult commentaries? What’s the best way to involve others in the process?

Episode 28: On Seminary & Pastoral Training (with C. J. Mahaney)

By C. J. Mahaney, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.21.2017

Almost everyone agrees pastors need to be trained. But does this mean they must receive formal theological training from a seminary?

Episode 27: On How Churches Should Find a New Pastor

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 11.14.2017

Looking for a pastor? Here’s how Mark Dever suggests churches might resist common wisdom in their search.

Episode 26: On Multi-Site Churches (with Matt Chandler)

By J. Leeman, M. Dever, M. Chandler | 11.07.2017

Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman interview Matt to talk about the reasons behind this transition.

Episode 25: On the Mission of the Church

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.31.2017

What is the mission of the church? Is it to preach the gospel and make disciples—or is that too narrow?

Episode 24: On Pastoral Friendships

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.24.2017

Pastoring can be lonely. But it doesn’t have to be.

Episode 23: On Polity and Discipleship

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.17.2017

Does church order really have anything to do with discipleship? Isn’t one polity—presbyterian, congregational, etc.—just as good as another?

Episode 22: On the Conscience & Christian Freedom

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.10.2017

In this episode, Jonathan Leeman sat down with Mark Dever to talk about the conscience and Christian liberty.

Episode 21: On Missions

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.03.2017

Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about how local churches can more wisely support overseas work.

Episode 20: On the Reformation

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Jonathan Leeman interviews Mark Dever on the Reformation and its usefulness for Christians today

Episode 19: Church Mergers and Plants

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

We just released a Journal on church planting and church mergers. Because neither Mark nor Jonathan wrote an article for it, we devoted this episode of Pastors’ Talk to the topic.

Episode 18: On Conversion

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 06.13.2017

Mark and Jonathan chat about how a pastor’s doctrine of conversion will have massive effects on his philosophy of ministry.

Episode 17: On How to Receive and Dismiss Members

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 06.06.2017

One of the most important and time-consuming tasks for a church and its pastors involves receiving and releasing members. And yet, it’s almost never talked about in books on the church or in seminary.

Episode 16: On Corporate Prayer

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 05.30.2017

In many evangelical churches, the public prayers are casual, short, and few. Is that a problem?

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.