If your church is seeking to build a benevolence ministry that’s biblical and informed by best practices, then this little book will be an indispensable resource.
Mailbag #46: Tricky Membership Question about Immigration; Pastoring a Church with Lots of DivorceesBy 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?
Despite the more than 1500 years between us, I couldn’t help but notice the wisdom John Chrysostom offered for pastors today.
A local association of churches is essential and critical to the health of pastors and their churches.
I know I’m supposed to delight in God. I know the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Surely Paul wasn’t kidding when he commanded, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). He meant it. Joy isn’t the leather interior of the Christian life; it’s […]
Mailbag #41: When the Church Votes “No” on a Clear Discipline Case; The Biblical Case of “Lay Elders”By Jonathan Leeman | 11.11.2016
—What if the congregation votes “no” in a clear case of discipline? —Are “lay elders” a biblical category?
I’m now more convinced than ever that consistently applying the grace of God in the gospel to my own heart is the most important and most difficult responsibility that I have as a pastor.
Here are seven points regarding the keys of the kingdom, and how local churches exercise authority through their use.
We asked two pastors the question: Is it self-serving to teach on a pastor’s authority? If not, then how should you do it?
It is not a pastor’s job to adjudicate the dispute; instead, the pastor’s job is to walk with his people through the implications created by the state’s justice system.
When I first began attending my church, I’d never given much thought to church membership. And if I’m honest, it all sounded a bit dull to me.
How does a new elder earn that informal authority or trust that is crucial to leading a congregation?
What is the Nature of Pastoral Authority? — Perspectives from a Methodist, a Presbyterian, and a BaptistBy B. Merkle, K. DeYoung, M. O'Reilly | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.26.2016
We asked three pastors from three different traditions to answer the question: What is the nature of a pastor’s authority?
Point people to Christ, and let their weary souls be nurtured and find their rest in him.
Here are fifteen marks that will keep you from being a “9Marxist,” that is, a church leader who abuses their authority.