Resources by Jonathan Leeman

Jonathan Leeman is the Editorial Director of 9Marks and an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. You can find him on Twitter at @JonathanDLeeman.

May 27, 2016

Why Complementarianism Is Crucial to Discipleship by Jonathan Leeman

Complementarianism is crucial for Christian discipleship because pastors and churches need to hold up different pictures of Christian maturity for the man and for the woman.

Jan 26, 2018

Why Church Discipline Goes Awry—And How to Avoid It by Jonathan Leeman

A person who fears God more than anything is less likely to abuse God’s subjects.

Aug 19, 2016

When Do You Practice Church Discipline? And How Do You Do It? by Jonathan Leeman

In the life of the church, discipline as forming and correcting should characterize not just Sunday, but Monday to Saturday.

May 13, 2015

When Church Members Want to Leave by Jonathan Leeman

 How should you respond to a fellow member who is leaving for what sounds like a bad reason?

Feb 24, 2016

When Believers Divorce on Unbiblical Grounds by Jonathan Leeman

You know they have no biblical grounds for divorce. How should a pastor respond?

Dec 11, 2015

What's The Big Deal With Plagiarizing Pastors? by Jonathan Leeman

A reader writes to say, "I recently found out that my senior pastor’s sermons are mostly plagiarized. And he doesn’t cite anything or anyone, but acts as if it is all his own. What should I do?"

Jun 29, 2015

The Long-Term Consequences of Pragmatism in the Church by Jonathan Leeman

When one generation of Christians decides to downplay or relativize or pragmatize the local church, they just might find that the next generation no longer values the same gospel.

Jun 26, 2018

The Church’s Most Powerful Political Word: The Gospel by Jonathan Leeman

The solution is to realize that political power must always begin with the gospel. It alone possesses the ability to change a heart, produce true justice, and permanently unite enemies.

Jul 22, 2016

Should Your Church Build a Bigger Building? by Jonathan Leeman

Big buildings seem wasteful, almost ungodly, to a certain segment of evangelicals these days.

Jan 13, 2016

Should Churches Perform Altar Calls? by Jonathan Leeman

Let's do everything that Scripture requires of us in the long work of making disciples.

Nov 19, 2015

Should Christians "Disown" Gay Children? by Jonathan Leeman

From time to time I hear about Christian parents disowning, cutting off, or permanently shunning a son or daughter who adopts a gay lifestyle. Is that the right thing to do? Is this a requirement of biblical faithfulness?

Jan 13, 2017

One Thing: Jonathan Leeman

How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?

Series: One Thing

How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?

Sep 11, 2015

One Thing: Jonathan Leeman

What is the one thing the next generation of pastors needs to know?

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing the next generation of pastors needs to know?

Jun 13, 2016

One Thing: Jonathan Leeman

What's the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Series: One Thing

What's the one thing the local church needs to get right in the 21st century?

Jun 16, 2016

Love the Church More than Its Health by Jonathan Leeman

This is an implicit danger for all of us who have learned much about “healthy churches" - we start loving the idea of a healthy church more than the church God has placed us in.

Feb 26

Jonathan Leeman with Advice for Pastors Practicing Church Discipline for the First Time by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations asks Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director for 9Marks Ministries, "What advice would you give a pastor who wants to practice church discipline in a church that never has?​"​

Jul 31, 2018

Jonathan Leeman on Why Everyone is So Angry by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations asks Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director for 9Marks Ministries, "Why is everyone so angry today?"

Jun 15, 2015

Jonathan Leeman on Why Church Membership is Important by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

How does church membership honor the church, rather than simply obligate or privilege the individual Christian?

Jan 11

Jonathan Leeman on Meaningful Membership by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

Why is it as crucial as ever these days for churches to practice meaningful membership?

Mar 10, 2017

Jonathan Leeman on Elders and Deacons Working Together

How can a church avoid turning its elders and deacons into a sort of bicameral legislature?

Series: Conversations

May 14

Jonathan Leeman on Church Discipline

What do most Christians not know about church discipline?

Series: Conversations

We asked Jonathan Leeman, "What do most Christians not know about church discipline?"

Nov 6, 2018

Jonathan Leeman on Christians Voting Pragmatically by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations asks Jonathan Leeman, Research Fellow for the ERLC and Editorial Director of 9Marks Ministries, "Is there any problem with Christians voting pragmatically?"

Sep 28, 2018

Jonathan Leeman on Christians and Politics by Jonathan Leeman

Series: Conversations

How should a Christian think about the place of politics in their life?

Mar 9, 2016

Jesus' Discipleship Program For Your Church by Jonathan Leeman

When Jesus and the apostles talked about church government, it wasn’t just a discussion of bureaucratic decision-making. It was most fundamentally and importantly a matter of discipleship!

Apr 28, 2016

Is it Biblical for Churches to Require a Tithe? by Jonathan Leeman

With the commitment to regular tithing included in so many church membership covenants, should pastors/elders hold members accountable to giving?

Jul 30, 2015

Do We Always Have to Fight To Be Faithful? by Jonathan Leeman

Cultural Opposition: Lie Down, Lean In, Lay Low, or Leave?

Feb 10, 2016

Do Church Elders Have to Agree on Everything? by Jonathan Leeman

Every church elder must be biblically qualified for the office. But what about their collective doctrinal alignment? How united must they be?

Dec 1, 2016

Are Non-Staff Elders Biblical? by Jonathan Leeman

No, the term “lay elder” is not in the Bible, but why not get more hands for the harvest, especially if the men are qualified and doing the work?

Nov 30, 2015

6 Principles for Student Ministry by Jonathan Leeman

Here are a few biblical principles that we should heed no matter what in youth ministry. My sense is the many youth groups don’t heed them.

Dec 15, 2016

4 Cautions on Elder Training Programs by Jonathan Leeman

Don’t want to fool yourself into thinking you’re raising up leaders because you’re scraping the cream off the top. You want the whole cake to rise.

Nov 13, 2015

22 Mistakes Pastors Make in Practicing Church Discipline by Jonathan Leeman

There are more than a few ways church discipline can go wrong. Here are some mistakes pastors should avoid.