Pastors' Talk show

Pastors' Talk

Summary: Pastors’ Talk is a weekly conversation between Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever about practical aspects of the Christian life and pastoral ministry.

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Podcasts:

 Episode 33: On Race (part 2) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1918

Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman continue their conversation about racial division in the church, highlighting the ways pastors can both educate themselves and work against it.

 Episode 32: Remembering R.C. Sproul. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 905

Mark Dever reflects on his friendship with the late R.C. Sproul.

 Episode 31: On Race (Part 1) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1765

Mark Dever chats with Jonathan Leeman about America's racial history, and how Christians should learn from brothers and sisters who aren't like them. Join the 9Marks community: GET THE APP: http://9marks.link/app TWITTER: https://www.twitter.com/9Marks FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/9Marks INSTAGRAM: https://www.instragram.com/9Marks

 Episode 30: On Planning the Sunday Gathering (with Matt Merker) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1433

What goes into planning the Sunday gathering? Who should pick the songs, the Scripture readings, the types of prayer? Should all these choices be thematically related to the text that will be preached? In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Matt Merker—a hymn writer and a pastoral assistant at Capitol Hill Baptist Church—asks Mark Dever all these questions and more.

 Episode 29: On Sermon Preparation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1619

How long should a preacher prep for his sermons? When and how should he consult commentaries? What’s the best way to involve others in the process?

 Episode 28: On Seminary & Pastoral Training (with C. J. Mahaney) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1691

Almost everyone agrees pastors need to be trained, both practically and theologically. But does this mean they must receive formal theological training from a seminary? In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan interviews both Mark and C. J. Mahaney about how pastors should be trained, and what seminaries have to do with it.

 Episode 27: On How to Find a Pastor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1654

How should a church find its next pastor? Who makes this decision? A search committee? A group of elders? The pastor all by himself? And once such a search begins, how should it start? In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan interviews Mark about “one of the most important decisions a church makes,” that is, finding its next pastor.

 Episode 26: On Multi-Site Churches (with Matt Chandler) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1457

Over the past several decades, the multi-site church model has become quite popular. Recently, however, The Village Church, pastored by Matt Chandler, announced it was transitioning all of its sites into independent local churches. In this episode of Pastors' Talk, Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman interview Matt to talk about the reasons behind this decision.

 Episode 25: On the Mission of the Church | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1699

What is the mission of the church? Is it to preach the gospel and make disciples—or is that too narrow? What about good works? What about seeking transformation for our neighborhoods—or is that too broad?

 Episode 24: On Pastoral Friendships | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1454

Pastoring can be lonely. But it doesn’t have to be.

 Episode 23: On Polity and Discipleship | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1602

Does church order really have anything to do with discipleship? Isn’t one polity—presbyterian, congregational, etc.—just as good as another? In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about these questions and more.

 Episode 22: On the Conscience | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1658

Evangelicals are always in danger of losing the gospel because they don’t appreciate the role of the conscience and Christian freedom. The conscience is there to protect Christian freedom—and Christian freedom protects us from legalism. This is important because when legalism is indulged, it can actually threaten the gospel itself.

 Episode 21: On Missions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1493

Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about how local churches can more wisely support overseas work.

 Episode 20: On the Reformation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1559

In conjunction with the Fall 2017 Journal "The Reformation and Your Church," Jonathan Leeman interviews Mark Dever on the Reformation and its usefulness for Christians today.

 Episode 19: On Church Mergers and Plants | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1531

We just released a Journal on church planting and church mergers. Because neither Mark nor Jonathan wrote an article for it, we devoted this episode of Pastors’ Talk to the topic. Also: this will be our last Pastors’ Talk until September, though we’ll be recording them all summer, so send us your ideas if you have them! SHOW NOTES: — Have you (Mark) ever been a church planter? (2:30) — Why are the topics of planting and mergers worth thinking through? (4:10) — Is there a different skill set for the church planter and someone leading a church merger? (8:00) — What’s some bad advice you often hear for church planters? (9:20) — Do some of the problems stem from a dependence on agencies as opposed to churches? What are agencies useful for? What should they not do that they tend to do? (11:00) — What common wisdom do you have to offer those involved in church mergers? (13:10) — When does the “church plant” become a church? (19:00) — Who should leave a church to go with a plant? (20:00) — Do you have elders first, and then members? Or the other way around? (22:20)

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