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RESOURCES for BUILDING HEALTHY CHURCHES


R E S O U R C E S for B U I L D I N G H E A LT H Y C H U R C H E S

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church Mark Dever This 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.

The Deliberate Church Mark Dever and Paul Alexander Pastors Mark Dever and Paul Alexander provide a model of a biblical church in this resource for pastors, elders, and others interested in the vitality of their church. This highly practical book proposes an attitude of complete reliance on and submission to the gospel in building a healthy church.

Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church Michael Lawrence Biblical theology is presented to pastors as a practical, everyday tool. Pastors and church leaders will benefit from a careful examination of a foundation for biblical theology that leads to rich application in ministry.


For Church Leaders

The Gospel and Personal Evangelism Mark Dever Mark Dever seeks to answer the four basic questions about evangelism that many Christians ask: who should we evangelize? How should we evangelize? What is evangelism? Why should we evangelize? As readers understand the fundamentals of evangelism, they will begin to develop a culture of evangelism in their lives and their local churches.

The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love Jonathan Leeman How should churches lovingly receive and dismiss members? What should submission to church leadership look like? Why do these practices matter? A 9Marks staff member and elder responds in this biblical, theological, and practical book to guide every Christian’s understanding of church membership and discipline.

Church Planting Is for Wimps Mike McKinley This humorous and engaging story of a church revitalization helps young pastors look beyond their church’s size and the marketplace of planting models to what is most essential: the faithful ministry of God’s Word. For pastors considering a church plant and those already struggling in their own fledgling congregations, this book is a thoughtful and encouraging resource.

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For Church Leaders

NEW! Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons Thabiti M. Anyabwile An application-intensive approach to seeking out biblically qualified church leaders and servants and developing those qualities in others. Thoughtful analysis of key passages in Acts and 1 Timothy are balanced with practical action points in a contemporary context.

NEW! Am I Really a Christian? Mike McKinley Pastor Mike McKinley challenges new and nominal Christians to take a deeper look at their Christian faith. The book addresses five key criteria to evaluate one’s standing before God.

It Is Well Mark Dever and Michael Lawrence Starting with Exodus 12 and moving through other key Old Testament passages into the Gospels and the epistles, the authors offer careful expositions on fourteen crucial texts. As they speak to important issues such as what happens when there is no substitute for sin, why God forsook Christ, Jesus’s perspective on his substitutionary work, and the necessity and benefits of the atonement, they show how much the doctrine applies to the Christian life.


For Your Congregation

What Is a Healthy Church?

What Is a Healthy Church Member?

Mark Dever

Thabiti M. Anyabwile

By following the example of New Testament authors and addressing church members from pastors to pew sitters, Dever challenges all believers to do their part in maintaining the local church. What Is a Healthy Church? offers timeless truths and practical principles to help each of us fulfill our God-given roles in the body of Christ.

For Christians, playing an active part in the local church is not optional. God intends for every believer to contribute to the mission of the local church and experience profound spiritual growth as a result. This book shows church members, pastors, and church leaders what a healthy church member looks like.

What Is the Gospel?

What Does God Want of Us Anyway?

Greg Gilbert

Mark Dever

Beginning with Paul’s systematic presentation of the gospel in Romans and moving through the sermons in Acts, Gilbert argues that the central structure of the gospel consists of four main subjects: God, man, Christ, and a response. This book carefully examines each and then explores the effects the gospel can have on individuals, churches, and the world. Both Christian and non-Christian readers will gain a clearer understanding of the gospel in this valuable resource.

Originally delivered as sermons by pastor Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, these three studies are now available in one hardcover volume. Dever guides readers to take a step back and look at the Bible from a broader perspective. Readers looking for a panoramic view of Scripture will be reminded of the faithful, persistent love of God and find themselves drawn into a broader, but deeper, understanding of the maker and keeper of promises.

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Healthy Church Study Guides

NEW! Great for small groups Bobby Jamieson 9Marks Healthy Church Study Guides are a series of ten 6–7 week studies covering the nine distinctives of a healthy church originally laid out in Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever. This series explores the biblical foundations of key aspects of the church, helping Christians to live out those realities as members of a local body. Conveniently packaged and accessibly written, the format of this series is guided, inductive discussion of Scripture passages and is ideal for use in Sunday school, church-wide studies, or small group contexts. Studies include: Built Upon the Rock: The Church Hearing God’s Word: Expositional Preaching The Whole Truth about God: Biblical Theology God’s Good News: The Gospel Real Change: Conversion Reaching the Lost: Evangelism Committing to One Another: Church Membership Guarding One Another: Church Discipline Growing One Another: Discipleship in the Church Leading One Another: Church Leadership


Building Healthy Churches Series

NEW! Church Discipline Jonathan Leeman

NEW! Church Membership Jonathan Leeman

9Marks ministries is publishing a short, readable book on each of the nine marks originally made famous by pastor Mark Dever in his best-selling book, 9 Marks of a Healthy Church (plus one new “mark” on doctrine!). Useful for group studies, or even as visitors’ gifts, these concise books are ideal for everyone from the casual attendee to the church leader, helping readers grasp the basic biblical commands regarding the local church so they can play their part in building a healthy congregation. Soon to follow the first two releases are the remaining eight books in the series: expositional preaching, biblical theology, the gospel, conversion, evangelism, discipleship and growth, church leadership, and sound doctrine.

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