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Overview Any church can be healthier and glorify God better in all that it is and does. Pastor Mark Dever suggests nine marks have grown rare in today's churches and that distinguish a healthy, biblical church from its less-healthy sisters--marks like expositional preaching, a biblical understanding of evangelism, and strong church discipline. Whether you are a pastor, lay leader, or involved member of a congregation, you can help cultivate these elements in your church, bringing it new life and health for God's glory.
What makes for a healthy church? A large congregation? Plentiful parking? Vibrant music?
You may have read books on this topic before-but not like this one. This new expanded edition of Nine Marks of a Healthy Church is not an instruction manual for church growth. It is a pastor's recommendation of how to assess the health of your church using nine crucial qualities that are neglected by many of today's churches.
Whether you're a church leader or an involved member of your congregation, you can help cultivate these elements in your church, bringing it new life and health for God's glory.
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Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and pastor of 9Marks Ministries. Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.
Mark E. Dever currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Nine Marks Of A Healthy Church (Expanded) (IXMarks?
Very good Oct 20, 2008
The product was good, it met my expectations and I will anytime order again from the same source.
Pastors please read and follow! Aug 8, 2008
growing up in church offices, working in church offices, I would have to say this book finally gets church and it's polity right. This should be required reading for every evangelical pastor in the world.
Not for those who want their ears tickled! Jul 18, 2008
These "9 Marks" are qualitatively--as well as quantitatively--essential to the spiritual health and balance of any Christian church body, both large and small. Dever pulls no punches as he prescribes, like a skilled physician, spiritual medicine, that might leave a bad aftertaste to those who are merely looking for a church experience that's sugary-sweet, yet full of empty calories, with no nutritional value whatsoever. He puts proper priorities into perspective, like the importance of teaching the full counsel of God through expositional preaching--not just those certain topical realms in which the pastor is most comfortable navigating. As it says, "All Scripture is profitable..." I am a leader in a new church plant and this book is required reading for our whole leadership team as we seek God's will for His church, in setting right standards from the get-go, to be fully-devoted to Christ, His Word, His Church and all those He is going to call.
9 Marks Gets High Marks Jul 11, 2008
9 Marks is an excellent book for any pastor or congregation that is interested in his or their church being healthy. If what you are looking for is a book that will help your church be trendy, or large, or on the edge, then this is NOT for you. But if you genuinely want a book that will help you consider what a healthy church is, then this will get you pointed in the right direction. I appreciate his appendix that gives tips for leading a church towards health.
Mark Dever has done what so many others have failed to do: combine the delight of doctrine and biblical interpretation and join it with wise, pragmatic advice on what the church is, is to be and how it should function in order to be healthy. If another pastor or elder from another church asked me to recommend a book that would help their church, this would be one of the first I'd mention. While not exhaustive in content, Nine Marks is more than sufficient. The chapters I took greatest encouragement in where the first two: Biblical Exposition (something I believe in and seek to practice) and Biblical Theology (a concise summation of who God is and how this should impact the church). Perhaps the two most challenging chapters were: Understanding Biblical Church Membership and Biblical Church Discipline. I truly agree with the idea of a congregational covenant; it would be difficult to "pull off" in the Evangelical Free Church (we're just too fiercely independent). The matter of church discipline is one we neglect to our great detriment. Most often, we'd rather re-act to a bad situation than be proactive in spurring our congregants on to growth in Christ through positive forms of discipline. Much work to be done here; but thanks to Dever's work, the challenge and the "how to's" are there.
Read this book, especially if you're a pastor. If you're a pastor of a small church, read this book with your leaders and see what the Lord will do through you. If you're a pastor of a large church, read this book and see if there are biblical corrections you need to make, even if it means hosting a "membership drive" (see the chapter on membership and you'll get the attempt at humor here). Read this book with the Scriptures open next to you and I know you'll be blessed.