Book Review: Helping without Hurting in Church Benevolence, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Review by Nathan Carter | 01.11.2017

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 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?


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.


Brothers, We’re in This Together

By Matthew Spandler-Davison | 11.21.2016

A local association of churches is essential and critical to the health of pastors and their churches.


Stop Looking for It—Pastoral Reflections on Joy

By Aaron Menikoff | 11.15.2016

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?


Reflecting on 30 Years of Ministry at the Same Church

By Tom Ascol | 11.01.2016

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.


Is There Such a Thing as Church Authority?

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

Here are seven points regarding the keys of the kingdom, and how local churches exercise authority through their use.


Is It Self-Serving to Teach on Your Own Authority?

By B. Johnson, J. Yong | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

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?


The Sword and the Shepherd’s Staff: Reporting Sexual Abuse to the Authorities

By Travis Wussow | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

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.

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Church Membership: A Single Woman’s Perspective

By Chelsea Patterson | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

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 New Elders Earn Authority

By Clint Humfrey | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

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 Baptist

By 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?


Four Ways Pastors Can Better Help the Hurting in the Church

By Dave Furman | 09.22.2016

Point people to Christ, and let their weary souls be nurtured and find their rest in him.


Don’t Be a 9Marxist!

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.16.2016

Here are fifteen marks that will keep you from being a “9Marxist,” that is, a church leader who abuses their authority.