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What Is a Healthy Church? (IX Marks) (9 Marks of a Healthy Church) Hardcover – June 19, 2007
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About the Author
Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks (9Marks.org). Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide.
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But the content of this book is good. 9Marks resources are always trustworthy and faithful to the Word!
However, this should not discourage someone from reading this book. It's too important to neglect.
The Nine Marks of a Healthy Church are as Follows:
1) Expository Preaching
2) Biblical Theology
3) A Biblical Understanding of the Good News
4) A Biblical Understanding of Conversion
5) A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism
6) A Biblical Understanding Membership
7) Biblical Church Discipline
8) Biblical Discipleship and Growth
9) Biblical Church Leadership
I think that any church that focuses on these areas is going to be pretty solid. However, it doesn't guarantee health. I think character and emotional health come into play as well - e.g. - 1 Corinthians 13 talks about love being an essential quality of the church; also, many churches have good doctrine, infrastructure, and do all the above, but live in a false peace (see Peter Scazzero's - The Emotionally Healthy Church).
Overall, I recommend this little book as an introductory primer as a good evaluation tool, containing specific areas for local churches to have a good "check list" of ideas and practices to shoot for as they seek to be more Biblical in what they do when they gather together as a local church body. For more detail then what Dever writes in this book - I would recommend the slightly larger book - Nine Marks of a Healthy Church.
What surprised me the most so far is even after you leave a church the pastor still needs your support.