Summary: Pastors’ Talk is a weekly conversation between Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever about practical aspects of the Christian life and pastoral ministry.
Jonathan chats with Mark about good and bad reasons to leave a church, and offers principles for leaving well once the decision has been made.
We just released a Journal with close to 20 articles on Pastoring Singles. Because the Journal was Mark’s idea, Jonathan sat down with him to ask questions on the topic. SHOW NOTES: – Why a Journal on singles? (0:40) – What are the biggest challenges and benefits of pastoring singles (1:30) – How do you simultaneously affirm marriage while not undermining God’s distinct purposes for singles? (3:20) – When do you encourage someone to remain single? How do you encourage them to make the most of their singleness? (8:10) – How can singles be integrated into a congregation? (12:15) – What about single elders/pastors? (14:00) – For the single who feels left out, what should a church do? (15:55) – What do you do when you inherit a church with a robust singles program? (18:10) – Why “your sex life is your identity” is a satanic lie. (20:45)
We live in politically contentious times. Jonathan Leeman sat down with Mark Dever to chat about how to pastor people faithfully amidst political disagreement. SHOW NOTES: – March us through how you pastored through the most contentious election in recent memory. (0:40) – How preaching builds unity amidst political disagreement. (6:00) – On the importance of upholding Christian liberty amidst personal, political disagreement (7:45) – How can we discern “straight-line” issues from “jagged-line” issues? How do we know when to stay silent in order not to improperly bind consciences? (13:00) – Can we sin by not addressing injustice when we should? (17:30) – Do you address politically contentious members directly? (22:00) – Lightning round of questions on the topic. (22:45)
If you’re a pastor, you’re used to being criticized—both fairly and unfairly. In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan sits down with Mark to chat about receiving criticism well, the dangers of avoiding criticism altogether, and how to build into a church structures that cultivate a culture of giving and receiving godly criticism. SHOW NOTES: – What do you do when you’re criticized after church when you just preached your guts out? (1:15) – How do you prepare yourself to hear what you know you need to hear, even if it’s something that your flesh will grate against? (4:40) – Why not defending yourself amidst criticism is sometimes a good idea. (5:50) – True or false: the more you fear God and the less you fear man, the better you will hear criticism. (9:40) – What about the wisdom in using others—wife, other elders, etc.—to process current criticisms? (11:15) – Do you have any words for the pastors who have cloistered themselves so that they never hear criticism? (12:35) – What structures have you put in place to cultivate a culture of healthy criticism and encouragement? (14:40) – Any encouragement for pastor who’s beaten up from consistent criticism? (16:00)
If a preacher is doing his job well, then he's not only explaining what a text means, but also applying that meaning to the lives of his hearers. In this episode of Pastors' Talk, Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about the difficult task of sermon application.
A mere ten years ago, social media didn’t exist. Now it’s everywhere. Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to chat about the difficulties of pastoring in the age of social media. SHOW NOTES: – What are some of the dangers you see intrinsic to social media? (2:45) – How social media can tempt Christians to add to the gospel (4:30). – The necessity of humility in our opinions and our discourse (5:30). – How Christians can become good self-editors? 12 diagnostic questions to continually ask ourselves. (8:00)
In the inaugural episode of our new podcast Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about seeing the gospel grow in your city, not just your church. SHOW NOTES: – What do you do when the revival you’ve been praying for breaks out . . . at the church down the street? (1:08) – Is it always carnal to desire your own church to grow? (3:02) – What are some of the signs of a wrongful “turfiness” that pastors should watch out for in their own hearts and ministries? (4:38) – Why do you pray for other churches by name in CHBC’s services? (6:25) – Explain how you can structure a staff and budget to help other churches. (8:35) – What role might ministerial fellowships play in local gospel growth? (12:24) – Are multi-site and multi-service churches necessarily “turfy”? (14:30) – What about church planting and revitalizing? (18:49) – Any last lessons for promoting gospel growth locally? (24:30)