Leadership

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20 Pieces of Advice for Establishing a Church Bookstall

By J. Sok, P. Conner | 01.18.2017

The goal of a church bookstall isn’t actually to sell books. It’s a discipleship tool. The goal is to highlight the particular books you really want your congregation to read.

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Mailbag #48: How to Discuss Books as Elders; Advice for Husband & Wife Who Can’t Agree about Church

By Jonathan Leeman | 01.13.2017

— You’ve mentioned before the value of elders reading books together. What’s the best way to go about that? — Do you have any advice for a husband and wife who can’t agree on which church to go to?

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Mailbag #47: Applying Paul’s “Able to Teach” Qualification; Confidentiality between Pastors and Members?

By Jonathan Leeman | 01.06.2017

— How gifted does someone have to be in order to be considered “able to teach”? — Can church members appeal to a kind of “pastor-member confidentiality”?

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Mailbag #46: Tricky Membership Question about Immigration; Pastoring a Church with Lots of Divorcees

By Jonathan Leeman | 12.23.2016

— A woman who came to the United States under false pretenses wants to join our church. What should we do? — How should a pastor proceed when he inherits a church with several divorcees?

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Churches in India: A People “Formed for God”

By Aubrey Sequeira | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

As a result of a low view of preaching for many years, the health of churches in India has suffered. Yet through a growing number of faithful shepherds, faithful preaching, and your prayers, the Lord may bring to India the reformation its churches need.

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Churches in Myanmar: Fighting the Fear of Man and Glorying in God

By Justin Caudill | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Though they may never receive the fame of an Adoniram Judson, faithful workers across Myanmar are quietly laboring to build up the church.

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Churches in Poland: Transforming under Faithful Preaching

By Tomasz Krazek | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Despite over a thousand years of Roman Catholic influence, the true gospel is being proclaimed in Poland. Churches are being transformed by faithful preaching of God’s Word, and eager for access to more biblical resources.

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Churches in Spain: A Smoking Flax He Will Not Quench

By Andrew Birch | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Though many of the churches in Spain often confuse or lose the gospel in their preaching, there is a small and growing network of churches who love gospel clarity and church health.

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Churches in the Philippines: Taking Seriously the Joy of the Lord

By Alvin Litonjua | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

The Philippines prides itself on being fun and happy, and so churches are often tempted by happy, superficial solutions. Yet churches are gaining humble, careful pastors who take seriously instructing their people in the joy of the Lord.

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A Guide for Praying Nation by Nation

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

One of our hopes for this Journal is that it will spur you on in prayer for our brothers and sisters around the globe. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of prayer requests from our contributors.

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A Church in an Undisclosed Location: Slowly and Waveringly Maturing

By Brother John | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Here is the story of one church in one of the least reached corners of the world slowly and waveringly growing into maturity by the grace of God.

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Mailbag #44: Applying “Husband of One Wife”; Leaving the Church but Attending Bible Study; Women Voting in the Church

By Jonathan Leeman | 12.09.2016

— What does “husband of one wife” mean? That a prospective elder must have never been divorced? — Someone who left our church still wants to attend our church’s ladies’ Bible study. Is that okay? — Does 1 Timothy 2:12 forbid women from voting in congregational matters?

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1500-Year-Old Pastoral Wisdom from John Chrysostom

By Eric Beach | 12.05.2016

Despite the more than 1500 years between us, I couldn’t help but notice the wisdom John Chrysostom offered for pastors today.

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Pursuing Racial Reconciliation by Walking Down the Street

By Nathan Loudin | 11.30.2016

Our churches aren’t more than 300 yards from each other. One is a white church. One is a black church.

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Raising up Leaders in Cross-Cultural Settings (Part 2)

By Todd Jamison | 11.29.2016

Raising up Christ-like leaders―while primarily a work of the Holy Spirit―happens in the context of healthy churches full of loving relationships.