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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

9Marks Explained

Dear Friend,

What does it mean for a church to be healthy? And how is health nurtured?

These are the questions that have captured us at 9Marks. Perhaps you've been mulling over them too, or maybe this is the first time you’ve thought about it. Either way, we invite you to think with us about the health of the local church and the methods God has designed to promote it.

Contrary to much popular wisdom, God has spoken clearly in the Bible about the purpose, leadership, organization, and methods of the local church. He designed churches to be a display of his own glory and wisdom (Eph 3:10). And he deliberately structured them to display for a watching world the close fellowship of the Trinity and the redemption that God has accomplished for us in Christ Jesus (John 13:34-35).

Our goal is not simply to point out all the problems with churches; nor do we intend to suggest a “fresh approach.” In fact, there is nothing really new or innovative on this website at all!

Rather, our goal is to point the way back to healthy church life by calling attention to the timeless biblical priorities, principles, and methods—God’s work, God’s way.

Whether you read as a concerned member or as a vocational pastor, we hope that what you discover here is not just a plug-and-play method, but a God-centered mindset. We're glad you're here.

Grateful to God,


Mark E. Dever