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For Young Pastors

March 17, 2009

It was awfully nice of 9marks to produce an e-journal just for me! Well not really, but they could well have, given the apt focus this time round: Young Pastors. Here’s the info:

March/April 2009, Volume 6, Issue 2
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Editor’s Note

“Clear vision but little depth perception.” That’s how I’ve heard Mark Dever characterize young pastors.

Young pastors see their doctrine with utter clarity. They know exactly what a church should look like. But they don’t know how to assess what’s important, what’s really important, and what can be overlooked. Their gauges haven’t developed.

Probably, the best solution for this is plain old experience. Yet a little battle wisdom from older men can’t hurt, either. So we turned to several pastors who have walked a few miles down ministry’s road, asking them to pass on a morsel or two of counsel.

Bob Johnson and Ken Swetland talk about getting started. Matt Schmucker, Mark Dever, and Phillip Jensen offer their thoughts on making changes. Philip Ryken and Robert Norris help us persevere to the end. And a couple of younger guys, like Aaron, Greg, and me, throw in our two cents.

One word of caution about an eJournal full of practical advice: Wisdom can be found in principles of the sort you’ll find here. But wisdom always begins with a posture of heart—a heart the trusts and fears the Lord. Only this heart finds the wisdom to know which principles apply when: “Is now the time not to answer the fool according to his folly (Prov. 26:4)? Or is now the time to answer him according to his folly (Prov. 26:5)?”

Only the Lord will make your paths straight.

That means that we cannot tell you exactly how to pastor your church, unless the matter is plainly Scriptural. You’re God’s man for that job. So take what’s offered here. Consider how it might apply in your context. But above all else, guard your heart, that it would fear only him.

We’re praying for your pastoral work, reader. Pray, too, for us.    — Jonathan Leeman


YOUNG PASTORS: WHERE DO YOU BEGIN?

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. Bio: Bob JohnsonA Pastor’s Priorities For Day One
So you’re a brand new pastor. What do you do when you show up at the office on Monday?
By Bob Johnson

 

The Goals and Benefits of an Installation Service
Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks AuthorMore than a formality, an installation service gives you a chance to set the tone for your pastorate and begin the work of shepherding.
By Aaron Menikoff

 


YOUNG PASTORS: WHAT DID YOU INHERIT?

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks Author8 Steps for Dealing with Difficult Leaders
What do you do when influential members of your church are—shall we say—less than helpful?
By Ken Swetland

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks AuthorDealing with Bad Documents
You’re the pastor now, but the church constitution is clunky and the statement of faith is almost heretical. What do you do?
By Greg Gilbert

YOUNG PASTORS: HOW DO YOU LEAD CHANGE?

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks AuthorIs This a Hill Worth Dying On?
Some pastors make every dispute a hill to die on; others wouldn’t fight to save their grandmother’s life. Schmucker offers some guidance.
By Matt Schmucker

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks AuthorWhat I CAN and CANNOT Live With as a Pastor
What issues are worth fighting—or leaving—over? Are there any criteria?
By Mark Dever

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks AuthorLove the Church More than its Health
Pastors need to love the people in their church more than their dream of a healthy church.
By Jonathan Leeman

 

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks AuthorShould Pastors Change Anything in the First Year?
An old maxim says, “If you don’t change something in the first year you never will; and whatever you change in the first year will be a mistake.” Is that right?
By Phillip Jensen

One from the Vault: Mark Dever’s classic article from 2000, How to Change Your Church

 Young Pastors: How Do You Persevere?

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks AuthorWWJD—What Would Jim Do?
James Montgomery Boice’s successor shares a few lessons he learned from watching a master.
By Philip Graham Ryken

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks AuthorShepherding and Trust
A church doesn’t learn to trust its pastors overnight; he better be in it for the long haul.
By Robert Norris

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks AuthorA Pastor For Now
Why Mark loves the pastorate, but will be happy to proceed to what’s next.
By Mark Dever

 


MISCELLANEOUS BOOK REVIEWS

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks Book ReviewBook Review: Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace, by Harvie M. Conn
Reviewed by Greg Gilbert

Book Review: Jesus the Evangelist, by Richard D. Phillips
Reviewed by Byron StraughnRight-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks Book Review

 

 

 

Book Review: The Heart of Evangelism, by Jerram Barrs
Reviewed by Geoff ChangRight-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks Book Review

 

 

 

Book Review: Vibrant Church, by Thom S. Rainer & Daniel L. Akin
Reviewed by Jonathan LeemanRight-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks Book Review

Book Review: Simple Church, by Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger
Reviewed by Graham ShearerRight-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. 9Marks Book Review

 

 

 


AUDIO—LEADERSHIP INTERVIEWS

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. InterviewOn Books with D. A. Carson
Posted on February 25th, 2009
Mark Dever asks D. A. Carson for a tour of both how he writes and what he’s written.

 

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. InterviewChristian Discipleship and Growth with Donald Whitney
Posted on January 25th, 2009
Don Whitney discusses busyness, praying through Scripture, the disciplines, mysticism, and more.

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2 comments

  1. Yup, I thought that very thing myself! Just for me! We’re not as special as we thought, Colin, eh? We’re currently going through some church document changes, etc, at our church here in PEI. Pray for us! The Carson interview is fantastic as well! Love what the guy has to say and write.

    Our family will be heading to N.I in June. When are you guys moving to Ballymoney? Will you be there by that time?


  2. Brilliant! Very helpful. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, Colin. I’ve been in post at Holy Trinity West Bromwich for 8 days and am working through initial priorities.



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