Where Do I Begin?
9Marks.org exists to resource Christians and churches to think biblically about the local church. You might be asking, “Where Do I Begin?”
The nine marks explained
First, watch these short videos that explain each of the nine marks of a healthly church.
Articles & Journals
Take note of the “Journal” tab at the top of the page. Each quarter, 9Marks releases a Journal on a specific theme. You’ll find Journals on church membership, church discipline, missions, elders, deacons, and a host of other topics. Read a few of the hundreds of articles available on the 9Marks website.
The following articles would be a good place to start.
- How to survive a cultural crisis
- What Is Success in Ministry and How Can it Be Measured?
- Pastor, Aim to Preach Simple Sermons
- Expositional Imposters
- How Biblical Theology Guards and Guides Churches
- The Corporate Component of Conversion
- The Problem with Evangelistic Programs
- Why You Will Join the Wrong Church?
- Is Church Membership Biblical?
- A Step-by-Step Primer for Church Discipline
- Discipleship According to the Scriptures
- Disciple-Making is Ordinary Christianity
- Elders—The Church’s Lead Disciple Makers
- Love the Church More than its Health
Third, check out the Pastors’ Talk podcast. Every Tuesday, Mark and Jonathan have a brief conversation about different topics pertaining to pastoral ministry and church life.
Fourth, open up the 9Marks Mailbag to find answers to real-life questions about the church and pastoral ministry. Consider submitting your own question to the mailbag as well.
Fifth, check out the 9Marks Bookstore to see all the books and study guides 9Marks has created throughout the years to build healthy local churches. Click here for a user’s guide to our entire library to find the right resource for your needs.
Events & Training
Sixth, attend a 9Marks sponsored event. Throughout the year, our speakers offer practical seminars on preaching, membership, discipline, leadership, and evangelism for you and pastors in your region. We also host 9Marks Weekenders, where you get a special behind the scenes look at one church dedicated to growing biblically.
Seventh, connect with like-minded churches in your area. Enter your city or zip codes into the 9Marks Church Search to find them. Search for a church in your area.
Eighth, view a list of our translated resources and find out how to access our books in over 50 languages; visit one of the 9Marks language websites; and see who we partner with around the world.
Finally, stay up to date by downloading the 9Marks app.