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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (June 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581349378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581349375
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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. 


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Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge), author of several books and articles, serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC. Along with his pastoral responsibilities, Dever is also the president of 9Marks. He is
coauthor, with J. I. Packer, of In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement.

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Definitely recommend as good starter book on the church.
TC
Those who have read 9 Marks of a Healthy Church will recognize parts two and three as a summary of nine chapters of that earlier book.
Tim Challies
Though Dever makes some weighty statements, this book can be read quickly and with relative ease.
Trevin Wax

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I spoke to Mark Dever just about a year ago and asked him if there were any new books in his future. At that time he mentioned that he'd soon have a book out dealing with personal evangelism but that he had nothing planned after that. It seems that his plans changed! The book on evangelism is due for release in just a few days (September 11). It has been preceded by What is a Healthy Church and will be followed by The Church and Her Challenges. What is a Healthy Church? is a shortened, introductory version of Dever's previous book 9 Marks of a Healthy Church written primarily for people in the pews rather than the men in the pulpits. After all, church health is not the sole responsibility of a local church's leadership. "If you call yourself a Christian but you think a book about healthy churches is a book for church leaders or maybe for those `theological types,' while you would rather read books about the church life, it may be time to stop and consider again exactly what the Bible says a Christian is." Said even more forcefully, "you and all the members of your church, Christian, are finally responsible before God for what your church becomes, not your pastors and other leaders--you." Despite this, we might rightly ask, How many Christians have ever read a book about church health?

If you are familiar with Mark Dever's ministry you know that he can be provocative, though always in a sanctified way. This book is no exception. Consider this, a portion of a short anecdote he shares: "If you call yourself a Christian but you are not a member of the church you regularly attend, I worry that you might be going to hell." Why would Dever extend such a warning and do so at the beginning of the book?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Worcester on September 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In Mark Dever's remarkable style, this small text is both poignant and concise, delivering a remarkable amount of information in a credible and easily digestable way. He writes from experience, often giving personal examples, but also from a heart focused on a Christian vision grounded in biblical truths. There are excellent principles stated with motivational certainty of God's church alive and well when His followers are obedient and worship and work together in a covenantal relationship. Mark Dever has other more intense and well-developed books on church life and integrity, but this one is a gem and an easy "starter course."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan and Judy on May 20, 2014
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What does it mean to be a healthy biblical New Testament church? Many members and some pastors fail to realize, or have never been taught, what the church should look like and what the responsibility is of each member. Mr. Dever does a good job of explaining both in this easy to read book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2014
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Mark Dever has written What is a Healthy Church? as a shorter, concise, companion piece to his larger volume Nine Marks of a Healthy Church. As such, this review will roughly encompass the merits of both, since the shorter book remains very true to the original. Healthy Church is written on the premise that there are nine “marks” that identify a healthy church. Dever is very clear in stating that these marks do not define a church, as he affirms the classical church doctrine that a church is a regular gathering of believers that teaches the Bible and administers sacraments. Healthy Church does not seek to uncover the most basic definition of a church or to codify the minimum requirements for a church to be a true church. Rather, this book seeks to enable the reader to evaluate his own church or others for their health, with the rationale that a believer should seek a healthy church – or seek to improve the health of his own church – since “a healthy church is a congregation that increasingly reflects God’s character as His character has been revealed in His Word.”

Healthy Church is divided up into three sections. The first sets out to describe and identify a healthy church. It attempts to win readers to the understanding that a healthy church is vital to Christian life. The primary arguments center on the church’s role in God’s plan for spreading the gospel, the church’s unique ability to combat sin in its members, and the church’s representation of God’s character. In this section and throughout the book, Dever supports his premises with an incredible amount of scripture while still communicating integral truths in the terms of the layperson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vitor Pinheiro on March 19, 2014
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This book has challenged me as a pastor to reflect on what the church I am committed to teach and serve is expressing biblically and how that affects the people inside and outside of. A great practical way of examining yourself and your church
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mainer John on June 17, 2013
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Short, but right to the point. It is biblical in the approach and makes you think. The only down side would be if someone takes it on themselves to be critical of their church or pastor. They could use this book as an "authority" to justify their own rebellious attitude. The companion volume, "What is a Healthy Church Member?" should be used alongside it to balance the church's health with that of the individual member. Our church is currently looking for a pastor and the elder who teaches adult Sunday School has used this book as a basis for teaching. Before we call a new pastor, we need to have a realistic view of ourselves, to know or strengths and weaknesses and this book has been helpful for that.
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