Training Leaders

Eldering, Economics, and Calling to Ministry

By Bobby Jamieson | 08.27.2014

If you say you’re called to ministry, I don’t immediately know what you mean, or if what you mean is biblical.

Reframing “Calling”: Words to Churches and Aspiring Pastors

By Bobby Jamieson | 08.27.2014

Raising up pastors is the church’s work—the whole church.

The Double Presumption of Calling to Ministry

By Bobby Jamieson | 08.26.2014

What does it mean to say that you’re “called” to pastoral ministry?

A Tale of Two Pastoral Transitions

By Bob Johnson | 08.26.2014

The truth is, we are keeping the pulpit straight and true for the next guy.

Churches Raising up Pastors in Sydney, Australia

By B. Jamieson, J. Smuts | 08.22.2014

I hope that many pastors will be encouraged, challenged, and equipped for similar work in training leaders through John’s experience.

Book Review: Effective Staffing for Vital Churches, by Bill Easum and Bill Tenny-Brittian

Review by Isaac Adams | 9Marks Journal: Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church | 08.20.2014

This book’s principles are driven more by man’s intuition and tactics than the principles described in God’s Word.

Raising Up Leaders

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 07.01.2014

Mark Dever answers Jonathan Leeman’s questions about his strategies for raising up elders in the church.

To Godly Seminary Professors Everywhere

By Jonathan Leeman | 06.16.2014

This is a letter to any of you who are godly seminary professors. I’ve want to write you about this for a while now. What sparked it recently is the announcement of a new biography on G. E. Ladd. Apparently, the biography focuses on the paradox of his life, namely, the fact that he did excellent scholarship for the evangelical academy while, […]

Beware Your Seminary Professors

By Jonathan Leeman | 06.12.2014

A seminary professor is not the same thing as a church elder. That was probably the main thing I observed at last week’s Gordon Conwell Seminary conference “Renewing the Evangelical Mission,” which I attended with Michael Lawrence. Consider a couple of obvious matters: An elder is chosen (hopefully) for his exemplary character, his ability to […]

Expositional Preaching

By D. Helm, M. Dever | 04.03.2014

David Helm talks about training preachers, what makes good preaching, and what his new book adds to the mix.

Book Review: Saving Eutychus, by Gary Millar and Phil Campbell

Review by Bert Daniel | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 03.11.2014

If you are a preacher or an aspiring preacher, you should buy, read, and put this book into practice.

Pastors’ Forum: Four Approaches to Evangelism Training

9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Evangelism - Part 1 | 09.09.2013

We asked four churches to tell us how they equip their people to evangelize. Here are their responses. Answers from University Reformed Church, Sterling Park Baptist Church, the Village Church, and the Church at Brook Hills.   Ben Falconer, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan If we’re going to evangelize faithfully, we need to talk, pray, and […]

How Pastor Mark Passes Out Authority

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User's Guide - Part 1 | 11.13.2012

Giving away authority is one of the best ways a senior pastor can equip his lay elders and create a gospel culture in his church. Here’s a profile of a pastor who does it well.

Four Ways to Equip New Elders

By Garrett Kell | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User's Guide - Part 1 | 11.13.2012

To set your new elder up for success, get him a brother, some books, and a budget—then put him on a billboard.

Raising Up Elders: Four Foundational Principles

By Garrett Kell | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User's Guide - Part 1 | 11.13.2012

While there’s no magic formula for raising up leaders, there are some ways to identify and train men to be elders. Here are four to get you started.