Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (3rd Edition) (9Marks)
Mark Dever, David Platt
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You may have read books on this topic before—but not like this one. Instead of an instruction manual for church growth, this classic text offers tried and true principles for assessing the health of your church. Whether you’re a pastor, a leader, or an involved member of your congregation, studying the nine marks of a healthy church will help you cultivate new life and well-being within your own church for God’s glory.
This classic guide has been recently revised to include a new foreword as well as updated content, illustrations, and appendices.
always had a hope that extends beyond ourselves and that exceeds what we could ever do in our own power. Peter wrote, “We are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Pet. 3:13). This points to the fulfillment of that final and that first hope of the Bible—the hope of the whole world being put right, as God’s sovereign plan extends from Christ to His covenant people to creation itself. We find this hope at the very end of the Bible. The book of Revelation
helped; wounded people have found God’s healing. Young people have come to appreciate hymns, and older people the vigorous singing of choruses. Countless hours have been given in quiet service to the building up of others. Courageous choices have been prayed for, made, and celebrated. New friendships are being made every day. Young men who have spent time with us here are now pastoring congregations in Kentucky and Michigan and Georgia and Connecticut and Illinois. They are preaching in Hawaii
had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down’”(Luke 13:6-9). It is not manipulative or
assume that if a church is large or at least is growing, then it must be a good church. Os Guinness writes about this mistake: “One Florida pastor with a seven-thousand member megachurch expressed the fallacy well: ‘I must be doing right or things wouldn’t be going so well.’”15 But imagine this church: It is huge and is still numerically growing. People like it. The music is good. Whole extended families can be found within its membership. The people are welcoming. There are many exciting
viewed as significant spiritual steps toward the “common life” of the church 5. be sensitive and receptive to the unchurched 6. “charm” these seekers into a more mature and explicit expression of Christian discipleship in worship, membership, and outreach 7. reshape the values and lifestyles of new members and enlist them in outreach George Barna, Turn-Around Churches (Ventura, Calif.: Regal, 1993) Eleven Factors of Dying Churches Revived, or Restored to Wholeness (p. 42; actually he lists